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Special Edition: 2019 Two-Year College Players to Watch

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“We appreciate the AVCA and their help in promoting Two-Year College athletes and the exposure it gives to our players. We are excited to release the Two-Year College Players to Watch for the fall of 2019. These players made an impact as freshmen and are definitely ones to keep an eye on this season.”

-Paula Wiedemann, Chair
AVCA Two-Year College Head Coaches Committee
Head Coach, Missouri State University-West Plains

NJCAA Division I


Genesis Sheridan
Iowa Western Community College

OTHER FACTS: She led the country in hitting efficiency and had 16 matches with 0 hitting errors!
COACH: Alicia Williams


Kimberlie Apolinario-Correa
Miami Dade College

OTHER FACTS: Business Major
Hobbies: Cooking, watching movies, going to the beach
COACH: Origenes “Kiko” Benoit

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NJCAA Division II


Emma Clark
Catawba Valley Community College

OTHER FACTS: Named to the Pasco-Hernando Bobcat Invitational All-Tournament team for her play in New Port Richey, Fla. on Sept. 7-8, 2018...selected to the Valley Invitational All-Tournament team for her play in Hickory, N.C. on Oct. 5-6, 2018...named Red Hawk Athlete of the Week for the weeks of Oct. 8, 2018 and Oct. 22, 2018...named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 22-28, 2018...named All-Region X first team and the Region X Player of the Year on Nov. 2, 2018...named to the All-tournament team for the NJCAA DII National tournament on Nov. 17, 2018...on Dec. 4, 2018, Clark became the fifth Red Hawk volleyball player to earn All-American status when she was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII First Team All-American.
COACH: Shannon Hudson


Ryleigh Warfel
Parkland College

OTHER FACTS: Ryleigh is a straight-A student who has accepted a full-ride to play volleyball at the University of Illinois-Springfield and will transfer after the fall semester to begin her bachelors work at UIS.
COACH: Cliff Hastings

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NJCAA Division III


Bobby Diamond
Columbus State Community College

OTHER FACTS: Bobby Diamond was a unanimous selection for the All-OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletics Conference) team and was selected as a NJCAA First-Team All-American. Along with receiving four Conference Player of the Week nods she was named a NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Week. Diamond was also selected to the conference's All-Freshman Team.

She currently coaches 12U at Buckeye Volleyball Club in Columbus as well as coaching various summer camps at the club.

Academically, she is a STEM scholarship recipient and maintains a 3.0+ GPA, taking mostly science and engineering courses.

Beginning in her sophomore season, she will be tutoring CSCC students in various math and science courses.

As her coach, Bobby has a true passion for the game, always bringing a high level of enthusiasm and motivation to the floor.
COACH: Jill Yocum


Carrie Rutledge
Rochester Community & Technical College

OTHER FACTS: 2018 NJCAA 1st Team All-American
2018 AVCA 2nd Team All-American
2018 Region 13A All-Tournament Team
2018 All-Region
2018 MCAC Player of the Year
2018 All-MCAC
2018 MCAC Southern Division All-Conference
2nd in NJCAA DIV III total kills: 470
7th in NJCAA DIV III kills per set: 4.27
COACH: Amber Zitzow




Grace Ferguson
College of the Canyons

OTHER FACTS: Loves hiking and watching movies when she isn't playing volleyball. Sister Morgan played volleyball at COC before Grace. Majoring in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in math and science.
COACH: Clay Timmons


Marina Gonzalez
Fresno City College

OTHER FACTS: Team was California State Runner Up, she was selected to the State All- Tournament Team, along with being selected to the Central Valley Conference 1st Team. 6 rotation pin hitter; Lead the team in kills in the quarter, semis and finals of the state tournament.
COACH: Kieran Roblee



Lindsey Russell
Community Colleges of Spokane

OTHER FACTS: Lindsey has a unique court perspective because she is a triplet and plays on our team with both her sisters. Prior to college they were trained in three different positions by AVCA Hall of Famer Irene Matlock and came to our program as a well-oiled machine. She has a background of success and led her high school team to the state of Washington title match both her junior and senior seasons.

She is a focused student-athlete with above a 3.5 GPA. Athletically we have used her skills in a 5-1 and a 6-2. She is a valuable setter and attacker. As a freshman Lindsey helped propel our team to the NWAC championship and to an unwavering season record of 40-0. Lindsey's is our quarterback and runs a sneaky, fast paced offense that highlights her teammates and dupes her opponents. We are excited to work with her in 2019.
COACH: Jenni Roselli-Hull


Hattey Smith
Pierce College

OTHER FACTS: 2018 Freshman. 6-time Western Region POW, 2nd Team NWAC tournament selection, 2nd team Western Region All Star, 1st in NWAC in assists and assists/set, week 9 Under Armor athlete of week
COACH: Greg Finel

Two-Year College Head Coaches Committee

Paula Wiedemann, Chair
Missouri State University-West Plains

Alicia Williams
Iowa Western Community College

Lindsey Hill
Fort Scott Community College

Jason Hopkins
Brookhaven College

Ali Oliver
Mt. San Antonio College

Shannon Hudson
Catawba Valley Community College

Chelsie Speer
Walla Walla Community College

Bob Vilsoet
Harper College

Stephanie Willett
Southwestern Oregon Community College

Lou Panzella
Los Medanos College

Shelby Forchtner
New Mexico Military Institute


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