November 22, 2019 11:22 am

Thanks to a combination of passion for the game and dedication to the team, Raider Volleyball fought hard all season to capture the team’s third consecutive Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) West Region title, winning all 12 league games they played. With the title also comes the bragging rights of becoming the only team in Pierce College athletics history to achieve back-to-back undefeated conference seasons.

“What’s truly unique about this team is their heart and their passion,” said Head Coach Greg Finel. “They are driven to accomplish what’s never been done before at Pierce College. It’s been an amazing season.”

This season marks Finel’s third western division title in his four years as head coach. With more than 100 wins, he was also named the Northwest Athletic Conference West Region Coach of the Year – for three consecutive years.

Finel isn’t the only standout in the Raider Volleyball program. Sophomore Hattey Smith broke the all-time assist record with more than 2,000 assists this season. She was just voted Most Valuable Player for the Western Division of NWAC.

The team is competing in the 2019 NWAC Volleyball Championships Nov. 21-24 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Congratulations to these hard-working athletes, and GO RAIDERS!