Volleyball Signs Standout from Juneau, AK
Head Coach Zach Shaver is pleased to announce that Maddie McKeown has chosen to become a Roughrider in 2016 and has signed her National Letter of Intent to complete her commitment. McKeown is a 6’2″ middle blocker from Juneau, AK who earned several awards while playing for Juneau Douglas High School. She also competes for Midnight Sun Volleyball Club in Anchorage, AK. Maddie demonstrates her dedication and love of volleyball by flying to Anchorage several times per week for practice.
As a middle blocker, McKeown earned All-Conference honors her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. She also earned her way on to the all tournament teams at the West Anchorage Spiketacular, Jive, and Dimond Service Tournaments. In 2015, Maddie stood out athletically and academically as she was selected to the Alaska Region 5 All Academic Team. Maddie was also chosen to represent the entire state of Alaska as a member of the 10 person volleyball squad at the Arctic Winter Games in Greenland. At the conclusion of the March tournament, she returned home to Alaska with the gold medal as her team won the championship.
McKeown’s NLI signing increases the 2016 freshman volleyball class to 6 for Yavapai College. Maddie joins libero Lauren Ulibarri (Flagstaff, AZ), middle blocker Baylie Stephens (Oro Valley, AZ), outside hitter Jailyn Butler (Parker, AZ), middle blocker Bailey Anderson (Prescott, AZ), and right side hitter Kaitlin Yost (Fullerton, CA). When asked about the incoming freshman class, Coach Shaver commented, “We are very happy with how this large freshmen class is shaping up. Maddie is an excellent addition to our middle blocker position who brings size and experience to the group. At 6’2″ she is a solid blocker and can attack well from all zones along the net. She is a dynamic volleyball player with a fun personality and we feel honored that she chose to join our program.”
The 2016 sophomores are currently training hard in their spring season. Last week the Roughriders traveled to Phoenix for scrimmages with Grand Canyon University (NCAA DI) and Benedictine University (NAIA). Yavapai finished with a 3-2 record in the 5 sets they played. The Roughriders will look to build on the success of 2015 as they won the program’s first ever Region 1 & District C championships.