Roughrider Volleyball Coach Honored by NJCAA and AVCA
In his third year as head coach of the Yavapai College Volleyball, Zach Shaver was selected by both the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) and the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) for awards after a record setting 2015 season.
The NJCAA selected Shaver as the District C Coach of the Year. The Roughriders won the District C Championship for the first time in program history with a 3-0 sweep of Seminole State (OK). Yavapai earned the #1 seed in the District C playoffs by finishing 9-0 against DI District opponents. The #1 seed earned the team a 1st round bye and home court advantage in the Championship match which was held on November 6th in Walraven Gym. The enthusiastic crowd witnessed a strong performance as the Roughriders beat the Lady Trojans 25-15, 25-20, 25-12. The District Championship win propelled the Roughriders on to the NJCAA DI National Championship Tournament for the first time in program history.
After the completion of the National Championship Tournament, the AVCA announced their honorees from the 4 regions (Midwest, Southwest, Northeast / Southeast, and West) of the country for 2 year colleges. Zach Shaver was selected as the Southwest Region Coach of the Year. When asked about the award, Shaver responded by saying, “I am humbled by this honor and feel privileged to be representing the Southwest Region which has so many strong volleyball programs.”
AVCA Press Release
Even though Yavapai lost to both Western Nebraska CC (national Runners Up) and Northern Idaho CC at the National Championship Tournament, they completed the season with an overall record of 22-8 (.773). Under Shaver’s leadership the Roughriders have improved each year. In 2013, the team finished 18-14 (.563). In 2014, they missed out on post-season competition by only 1 win, finishing 16-12 (.571). 2015 also saw significant improvements in the team’s record as visitors in ACCAC competitions (7-2) and against District C opponents (10-0).
In 2015, Coach Shaver mentored 3 All-ACCAC players and 2 NJCAA All-Region 1 players. Freshman outside hitter Iva Alebic was selected to the NJCAA All-Region 1 team, All-ACCAC 1st team while finishing #2 in the country in kills per set with 4.66. Alebic also earned ACCAC DI Player of the Week honors twice in 2015. Freshman setter Jordan Tilley was selected to the NJCAA All-Region 1 team, All-ACCAC 2nd team, and ACCAC DI Player of the Week once. Sophomore middle blocker Paige Hamilton earned All-ACCAC Honorable Mention as well as 1 ACCAC Player of the Week award. Three additional Roughriders were selected as ACCAC DI Players of the Week in 2015 (Brooke Donnelly, Kelsey Park, and Shelby Mottram).
When asked to reflect on the 2015 season, Shaver said, “I am extremely proud of how dedicated our players were to accomplishing our goals and would like to thank our assistant coach Shawna Ruiz, Athletic Director Brad Clifford, and President Dr. Wills. It is because of their hard work and support that the 2015 season was such a memorable season.”