The #6 ranked Shoreline Dolphins Volleyball team enters the NWAC Volleyball Tournament, running from Nov. 19-22, as one of the favorites for the title. The Phins won the North Region with a 10-2 record and have an overall record of 25-10. The Phins boast signature wins against #2 Blue Mountain, #7 Bellevue and tournament teams Clark, Skagit Valley, Spokane, Olympic, and Columbia Basin. Shoreline opens the tourney with a match against the 4th seed from the West Region the Pierce College Raiders at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 19 at the Tacoma Convention Center.
Shoreline is led by a trio of North Region All Star hitters. Anya Golubitskikh and Taylor Alexander were both named to the North Region First team and have 186 and 184 kills on the year, respectively. Kristina Nielsen has 141 kills and was named to the North Region Second team. Setter Carlie Howard leads the team with 573 assists and joined Nielsen on the Second Team. Head Coach Raquel West was also honored as the North Region Coach of the Year.
The Phins’ opponent, Pierce College, made the tournament by winning a play in game with Gray’s Harbor. Pierce comes into the match with a 15-17 record on the year and a 5-7 West Region record. Pierce is led by Jocelyn Hillyer and her 227 kills. Sasha Mareko is not far behind with 224 kills. The winner of the 2 p.m. match will move onto face the winner of the match between Walla Walla and Clark.
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