Volleyball Strengthens 2016 Freshmen Class by Signing Prescott HS Badger
After completing a stellar prep career at Prescott High School Bailey Anderson made her college choice on Monday. She decided to stay close to home by signing with Yavapai College and join the Roughriders fresh off their District C Championship.
Bailey is a 5’11” right side hitter from Prescott, AZ who played 2 years of varsity volleyball for the Badgers and head coach Shellie Bowman. Anderson also competed at the varsity level in basketball for 2 years and tennis for 3. She played club volleyball for Yavapai Juniors where her team won the AZ Region Championship Division in May of 2016. Bailey will compete for Northern Ace Volleyball Academy during her final club season for coach Brittany Hall. In the summer of 2015 Bailey won the title of Worlds Oldest Rodeo Queen while competing in Prescott, AZ. That prestigious title keeps her busy serving in the Prescott community and traveling to many other Arizona rodeos and parades.
Yavapai head coach Zach Shaver commented “Bailey is a very athletic attacker who I think will be an asset in more than one position for us in 2016. She has the quickness and work ethic to be an effective middle blocker. She also attacks effectively from the right side of the court and could be a strong blocking presence against opposing outside hitters.”
Bailey Anderson joins fellow Arizonans Lauren Ulibarri (Flagstaff HS), Baylie Stephens (Ironwood Ridge HS), and Jailynn Butler (Parker HS) who have also signed with Yavapai to members of the 2016 incoming freshmen class. The Roughriders plan to return all 6 this year’s freshmen as well as 2 redshirt sophomores.
Yavapai will be looking to build on their record setting season of accomplishments which included their first ever District C Championship and trip to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament (16 teams). Freshman Iva Alebic earned 2nd Team All-American honors and 1st Team All-ACCAC honors. Two more Roughriders earned All-ACCAC Team honors including freshman Jordan Tilley, and sophomore Paige Hamilton. Alebic and Tilley were also named to the NJCAA All-Region 1 team. Six different Roughriders earned ACCAC Player of the Week honors for a total of 7 out of the 9 weeks.
Coach Shaver added “Even though our season wrapped up just a few weeks ago we are already looking forward to the 2016 season and continuing the success that our team worked so hard for this year. It starts with recruiting and our coaching staff is very happy with the 4 high quality student athletes who have committed to Yavapai next fall. Bailey Anderson is a fiery competitor as well as a great athlete and we are excited she chose to become a Roughrider!”