The girls bring a whole new game to Bellevue College. Prestigious seems to be the recurring word. Something to smile about is the fact that the team is the best in the northern region and is placed fifth overall at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship.
The team’s coach Kim Culliton has been coaching volleyball at BC for seven years and knows what it takes for her team to earn those golden stars. She shared a few words before heading out with the team to play Skagit Valley. “Skagit Valley is a bit more of a challenge because of the smaller gym and different fan base. We are a better team so I have no doubt that we will come out successful.” Laura Friar added, “We’ve played them before so we’re sure that it wont be too difficult to come with another victory.”
But it hasn’t all been a walk in the park for the team. Player of the Week for the Northern Region of the NWAACC, Friar was injured and the team had to go without their number one outside hitter. The team was able to overcome a brief absence of Friar and still come out on top. “Laura was injured for the last two games and starts playing again in the game against Skagit tonight,” Culliton commented.
Another player to receive an award was Madison Agnew for Defensive Player of the Week for the Northern Region of the NWAACC commented on some of the greater strength of the team. “We’ve improved a lot since the start of the season with our coverage blocking and defense,” Agnew noted with confidence.
Another awardee was Krista Groves, Setter of the Week for the Northern Region of the NWAACC. Don’t hesitate to give these distinguished players a pat on the back if you see them. Along with Culliton coaching a great team, do not forget the assistant coaches Angela D’Amelio and Joycelyn Lawrence who are not only seasoned veterans, but give the team the key expertise to make the most of every game on and off the court.
Assistant Coach D’Amelio has been coaching along side Culltion for three years now and also has been coaching volleyball clubs since 2008. Lawrence, another assistant coach, is in her second year with the Bulldogs. The team knows what it means to keep your head in the game as well as in class earning several honors including a National Junior College Athletic Association Fall Academic Team of the Year Award along with many other accomplishments that make the team so great.
Some games that lie in the future for the team are in Olympia and Shoreline on Oct. 5 and Oct. 10, respectively.
Don’t miss out on the action as the Bulldogs battle it out against their rivals. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a consistent fan or newcomer to root for the Bulldogs. Chances are you will walk away knowing why the BC women’s volleyball team remains at the top of their game.