Raven Olin receives second Setter of the Week recognition

IMG_1606Freshman setter, Raven Olin, was selected as the West Region’s Setter of the Week, for Week 4 of the 2015 regular season. Olin had two solid performances during the week.  The first came in a 4 set victory in the Raiders’ league opener on the road against Lower Columbia, on Sept. 23, when she recorded 14 assists and 5 digs .  The second was a monster performance against #2 ranked Highline at home on the 25th, in a tough 3-1 loss.  Olin recorded a match high 34 assists and had 13 digs.  After dropping the first 2 sets, Olin helped lead the way to a 25-15 win in the 3rd set, before Pierce lost 25-22 in a back and forth nail-biter in set #4.

The honor marks the second time in four weeks that Olin – from Rogers High School, in Puyallup – has been selected as the West’s top setter.  Her previous award came in Week 1.

Pierce College announces Shawnna Shula as new head coach for Raider Volleyball

SShula.PCVB.2015Pierce College is pleased to announce the selection of Shawnna Shula as the new head coach for the Raider Volleyball program.

Shula has deep roots in the local volleyball community, playing her high school ball at Fife High School for her aunt, hall of fame coach Jan Kirk.  Shula helped lead the Trojans to the 1995 3A State Championship, was selected to the 1995 All State Team, and was named SPSL 3A league MVP in 1994 and 1995.  She went on to play at St. Martin’s University for four years, where she earned All NAIA First Team honors in 1999 and 2000.  She was a 3-year team captain for the Saints and set the career record for assists.

Shula has been coaching at the club level for much of the past 14 years.  She was the varsity head coach at Bethel High School in 2013, and returned to her alma mater as the head coach at Fife High School from 2010-1012, leading the Trojans to the league title in 2010, and a berth in the State tournament.

“I am honored and humbled to be the next head coach of the Raider Volleyball program.  I am very passionate about volleyball and I am excited to start the next chapter of this great program.  I believe that with hard work, dedication, and passion, the Raider Volleyball program will grow to be a successful and dominant program in the NWAC.”

Joining Shula on the Raiders sideline will be long time coaching associate Greg Finel.

Coach Shula currently works as an Educational Assistant with the Fife School District. She graduated from St. Martin’s University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

“We are very excited to have Shawnna join our staff, and look forward to great things from the Raider Volleyball program in the season ahead,” said Pierce athletic director Duncan Stevenson.

Raider Baseball opens NWAC Super Regional play

The Raider Baseball opens the newly revamped Northwest Athletic Conference post season playoff format this Saturday, as they travel to Edmonds CC to play Linn-Benton CC in the North Super Regional.  The Raider, who finished the regular season in third place in the West, will take on the Roadrunners, the fourth place team from the South.  Game time on Saturday is 10:00 a.m.  The winner will move on to play host Everett CC, the second place finisher in the North.

The new Super Regional is a double-elimination format, with the three teams playing on Saturday and Sunday to determine one qualifier to the NWAC Championship Tournament next weekend.  To follow the Raiders progress through the playoffs, go to – www.nwacsports.org


Raider Softball earns 10th straight trip to NWAC Championships

The 2015 Raider Softball team earned the program’s 10th consecutive trip to the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships, and will open tournament play this Friday against North Region Champion, Douglas College. The Raiders, who finished the regular season as the second place team in the West (13-5 in league, 20-20 overall) enters the tournament as the #14 seed, while Douglas (22-2, 26-9 overall) is the #3 seed. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.
The Raiders will be led offensively by freshman standout, Anna Lennox, who leads the team with a .411 batting average, and in home runs (14), RBI’s (52), and hits (51). Sophomore centerfielder Molly LaMotte recently broke the Raiders career home run record (28), and has had a phenomenal league performance, leading the entire West Region with a .545 batting average. LaMotte’s 11 HR’s and 35 RBI’s were both second best for the Raiders. Sophomores Maddy Smith (.361) and Tricia Bonifacio (.355) will help provide plenty of pop in the Raider line-up.
Karlee Rose Perry and Lennox will carry the load for the pitching staff. Perry was the work horse this season, compiling a team high 91.1 inning pitched, with an 8-6 record and a team low 4.29 ERA. Lennox (5-4, 5.27 ERA) will give the Raiders a solid 2-armed attack in Portland.
Win or lose, the Raiders will play again on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Their second round game will be against either Wenatchee Valley College (#6 seed, 22-6 in the East, 33-12) or West Region foe Highline CC (#14 seed, 11-7, 16-18 overall).
The NWAC Championship returns to Delta Park in Portland, Oregon. To follow the Raiders and all of the tournament action, go to, www.nwacsports.org

Fall Sport athletes earn NWAC Academic Recognitions

The Northwest Athletic Conference has announced the Fall Sports All-Academic Team and the recipients of the Fall Academic Leadership Award.  Five Raider sophomores were recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom.  Kaylee Holloway and Cassi Slaughter-Jordao (women’s soccer), Brittany Smith (volleyball), and Corey Dallas and Ricky Young (men’s soccer), were all selected to the NWAC All-Academic Team, which recognizes those sophomore student-athletes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better.  Slaughter-Jordao, Dallas and Young also received the NWAC Academic Leadership Award, which honors those sophomores with a GPA of 3.50 or better.

Congratulations to these outstanding sophomores for their stellar performance in the classroom!

Carlson steps down as Raider Volleyball coach

Raider Head Volleyball Coach, Doug Carlson,022210_carlson[1]

has announced his decision to step down as the Head Coach of the Raider Volleyball program, effective immediately.  Carlson, who  just completed his fifth season with the Raiders, cited his desire to spend more time with his wife and three teen-aged sons, for his decision to leave the program.

Under Carlson, the Raiders compiled an overall record of 80 wins and 100 losses.  His 2012 squad qualified for the NWAACC Volleyball Championship Tournament in 2012, when the Raiders finished the regular season with and 8-4 record (21-17 overall), good for Third Place in the West.  Carlson’s .444 winning percentage makes him the third most successful coach in program history.  In his five seasons, he coached six West Region All-Stars, with six of his players earning All-Academic recognition for their performance in the classroom.

“It’s been a great five-year run, and I’ve enjoyed my time working with the young women in our program,” Carlson said.  “I’ll miss the daily practices, and the process of building the team each season.  Coaching at this level is a special privilege, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity.”

Head Coach Doug Carlson making adjustments during a timeout.

Head Coach Doug Carlson making adjustments during a timeout.

Carlson will continue in his position as the Facility Operations Manager for the Health Education Center at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

Men’s Soccer opens NWAC post season at Peninsula

The Raider Men’s Soccer team have qualified for NWAC playoffs for the third straight year, and will open post season play against Peninsula College this Wednesday.  The Raiders finished in 3rd Place in the South Division, with a  record of 4-9-1.  The Pirates finished second in the West Division, with a record of 9-1-3, and were ranked #3 in the latest NWAC Coaches Poll.

The teams will play in Port Angeles, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The winner will advance to play North Idaho College — the top team in the East — this Saturday.

Stout named NWAC Defensive Player of the Week

HStoutSophomore Libero, Helena Stout was named the NWAC Defensive Player of the Week, for Week 8 of the 2014 volleyball season.  Stout’s consistent performance on the court over the past few weeks helped lead the Raiders to a 4th Place finish at the Grays Harbor Crossover Tournament, where she was named to the All-Tournament Team.  Head Coach Doug Carlson said of Stout’s recent performance, “Helena played great for us this week. As always, she anchored our back row in our 2 wins this week. Helena has been excellent all season long, and this is a measure of her hard work and dedication. ”

The Raiders, currently in 5th Place in the West, are looking to make a late season run for a return trip to the NWAC Championships.  The conference tournament will be hosted by Pierce College at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Visitors Center, November 20-23.  The team closes our their home schedule on Friday, 11/7, against Green River CC. Stout.Smith.celebrate

Raider Athlete of the Month: Brittany Smith

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Brittany Smith
#4  –  Team Captain
Position:  Setter
Sumner High School

Brittany has helped lead the Raiders to a 3-0 start and a tie for first place atop the West Region standings. Brittany had a huge night in the season opener against Centralia, collecting 31 assists and 4 service aces.  In the fourth set, she led the team back from a 10-18 deficit, serving for 8 straight Raider points, including 3 aces.

“Brittany has been a great leader for the team, both on and off the court,” according to Head Coach Doug Carlson. “As the setter, she is the quarterback that makes the Raider engine run. She is a tremendous athlete, and a great setter and server.”

Brittany has been twice selected as the NWAC West Region Player of the Week this season.

Coach Cruz leaves Raider Softball

It is with mixed emotions we are announcing Coach Keilani Cruz is leaving Raider Softball to become the graduate assistant softball coach at Central Washington University. Even though everyone at Raider Softball is saddened by Keilani’s departure; the entire Raider Athletics family is excited about this tremendous opportunity she is undertaking and we all wish her the very best.

 Keilani is a 2007 graduate of Curtis High School in University Place Washington, where she was a three sport athlete. She enrolled at Pierce College in the fall of 2007 and immediately became a fixture at shortstop during the 2008 and 2009 softball seasons. Keilani was a 1st team Western Region All-Star both years, and Graduated from Pierce College before transferring to Central Washington University where she was a two year starter.  Keilani was an All-GNAC selection her senior year. The Wildcats advanced to the Division II College World Series both years Keilani played there and CWU was the National DII runner-up in her junior year.

Keilani returned to Pierce College as an assistant softball coach in 2012. She has coached both infielders and outfielders while at Pierce, and has imparted her experience and wisdom as a hitter and base runner to new generations of Raiders. As a player and as a coach Keilani always infused positivity and enthusiasm in every workout on and off of the practice field.