3 Sophomores Will Continue Their Volleyball Careers
Today three members of the Roughrider Volleyball team signed their documents to finalize their commitments to four year universities. The three sophomores were all members of the 2015 record setting team which qualified for the NJCAA DI National Championship Tournament for the first time in program history. Ashley Preuss (OH), Brooke Donnelly (L), and Kayle Park (RH) led Yavapai to a season record of 22-8 and their first ever Region 1 / District C Championship.
Ashley Preuss (Grand Junction, CO) played in 44 matches during her Roughrider career. As a freshman, she primarily saw court time as a right side hitter and then transitioned to outside hitter for her sophomore season. She finished with 77 kills, 38 blocks, and 7 service aces. Preuss will take her skills to compete next year at University of Southwest (NAIA) for the Mustangs and head coach Priscilla Morgan. Ashley’s best match in green and gold came against Mesa CC (3-0 vistory) on October 14th, 2015 when she had 6 kills, only 1 error, on 12 attempts (.417).
Brooke Donnelly (Costa Mesa, CA) played in all 58 matches while wearing green and gold and started as the libero for 57 in a row. As the team’s libero, Brooke finished with 890 digs (4.34 per set), 48 service aces, and 94 assists. Brooke will take her talents to Northern Arizona University (NCAA DI) as a member of the Lumberjacks team to play for head coach Ken Murphy. Donnelly’s best match as a Roughrider occurred on October 7th, 2015 against Eastern Arizona on the road as she posted 27 digs, 3 assists, and 2 service aces. She was also a major contributor in the team’s 3-0 victory in the District Championship match against Seminole State (OK) when she had 25 digs, 3 assists, 1 service ace, and 1 kill.
Kayle Park (Mesa, AZ) had the unique distinction of starting for the Roughriders in 2 positions. As a freshman, Kayle was the team’s setter. She finished the season with 743 assists, 221 digs, 72 blocks, and 85 kills. Kayle also earned NJCAA DI Player of the Week honors on October of 2014. As a sophomore, Park did what was best for the team and transitioned to right side hitter and helped lead her team to its most successful season in history. She completed her sophomore season with 161 assists, 205 digs, 83 blocks, and 76 kills. Kayle will journey to the Hawaiian Islands to play for the Seasiders of BYU, Hawaii (NCAA DII) and head coach Mona Ah-Hoy. Kayle is following in the footsteps of her parents, who are BYU, Hawaii alumni, and her brother is currently a member of the Seasider Basketball team. Her mother Jackie also played volleyball for the Seasiders.
Head coach Zach Shaver commented, “The 2015 team was a special one, and the sophomore class led the way. We are very excited to see what comes next for Ashley, Brooke, and Kayle as they continue their careers as student athletes. We are very proud of everything they have accomplished in their 2 years at Yavapai College and will anxiously watch as they continue on to study and compete at their chosen universities.”