Three Roughrider Sophomores Will Continue Their Collegiate Volleyball Careers
On Friday the Roughriders held their sophomore National Letter of Intent signing day. Setter Jordan Tilley (#1), Right Side Hitter Kassidy Pomeroy (#13), and Outside Hitter Iva Alebic (#16) all signed a NLI finalizing their commitment to compete and study at a 4 year institution. These three sophomores were members of the 2015 team which won the program’s first ever District Championship and finished tied for 13th at the NJCAA DI National Championship Tournament.
Jordan Tilley came to Yavapai from Ashland, OR and made an impact for the Roughriders early in her career as she earned the starting setter position during the 2nd week of the season in her freshman campaign. In her Roughrider career Jordan played in 57 matches, accumulated 1,784 assists (8.60 per set), and 559 digs. Tilley also contributed to the team’s 40 wins in her tenure with 114 kills (.232 %), 66 service aces, and 61 total blocks. At the end of her freshman season Jordan was selected to the All-ACCAC 2nd Team then to wrap up her Roughrider career she named 2016 ACCAC Setter of the Year and selected to the All-ACCAC 1st team.
Jordan has chosen to continue her academic and volleyball career for the Warriors of California State University, Stanislaus and Head Coach Mallori Gibson-Rossi. Last year the Warriors were 10-8 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and 14-15 overall. Jordan will continue to study Nursing while at CSU Stanislaus in pursuit of her Bachelor of Science Degree.
Kassidy Pomeroy came to Yavapai from Tucson, AZ and always contended for a starting position on the right side. In her Roughrider career Kassidy played in 30 matches, accumulated 42 kills, and 163 attempts. Pomeroy also contributed to the team’s 40 wins in her tenure with 66 digs, and 15 total blocks. At the beginning of her sophomore campaign Kassidy was selected by her teammates and coaches to serve as the Team Captain.
Kassidy has chosen to continue her academic and volleyball career for the Boll Weevils at the University of Arkansas, Monticello and Head Coach Kelly Burdeau. Last year the Boll Weevils were 8-8 in the Great American Conference and 12-17 overall. Kassidy will continue her studies in Exercise Science while at the University of Arkansas, Monticello in pursuit of her Bachelor of Science Degree.
Iva Alebic came to Yavapai from Obermaiselstein, Germany and made an enormous impact for the Roughriders throughout both years she wore the Green & Gold. In her Roughrider career Iva played in 55 matches, accumulated 776 kills (3.89 per set), and an amazing 2,328 attempts. Iva also contributed to the team’s 40 wins in her tenure with an attack percentage of .181, 535 digs, 54 service aces, and 72 total blocks. In her 2 years at Yavapai Iva scored 870 points. At the end of her freshman season Iva was selected to the NJCAA DI All-American 2nd Team and the All-ACCAC 1st Team. At the end of her sophomore campaign Iva was again selected to the All-ACCAC 1st team.
Iva has chosen to continue her academic and volleyball career for the Wildcats of Culver-Stockton College (MO) and Head Coach Caren Kemner. Coach Kemner is a three time Olympian (1988, 1992, & 1996) playing for Team USA including earning a Bronze Medal in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Last year the Wildcats were 3-10 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and 7-19 overall. Iva will continue to pursue her Bachelor of Science Degree in Bio-Chemistry.
A fourth member of the 2017 graduating class is BreiAnna Grunig who will forgo her volleyball eligibility to pursue her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Dixie State University (UT).
“I am extremely thankful that these 4 wonderful young women chose to join our Roughrider team back in the fall of 2015! Their impact on and off the court has been outstanding, and I will always remember BreiAnna, Iva, Kassidy, and Jordan for helping to elevate Yavapai College Volleyball to a new standard. All four of them will be missed but I am sure they will all go on to accomplish incredible things that will make use even more proud of them!” said Head Coach Zach Shaver.