2012 Season Recap


With just one returning player (defensive specialist Jessany Munoz, Yreka HS), the Knights had to reboot with ten freshmen and Simpson University transfer Paige Adkins (West Valley HS). The team’s youth and inexperience showed during the preseason. However, this athletic team made significant progress throughout the season, which set up a 2nd place finish in the Golden Valley Conference as well earning a spot in the Nor Cal Regional Playoffs.

Adkins (team MVP) and Vanessa Rodebaugh (Foothill HS) dominated the net as outside hitters, both ending the season as two of the top offensive players in the state (Adkins: 12th with 4.08 kills/set; Rodebaugh: 28th with 3.34 kills/set). Contributing to the offense through steady passing and exceptional defense was Tori Humbard (Bear Valley HS). Humbard averaged 3.1 digs/set, and she also contributed some intangibles to her team, such as leadership and encouragement.

Co-captains for the team were Adkins and Humbard. For their performance excellence during the season, Adkins, Rodebaugh, and Humbard received All-Golden Valley Conference awards. Earning Honorable Mention in the GVC, and voted Most Improved by her teammates, was right-side Marina Gutleben (Etna HS). As the lead setter, Alyssa Petersen (Shasta HS) averaged 7.95 assists/set and led the team with serving aces (.43/set).


Middle blocker Nicole Suther (Foothill HS) led the team in blocks/set with .83. Lacking another true middle, team players Chelsea White (Yreka HS) and Micaela Sessions (Foothill HS) shared playing time there. Carmen Porras (Central Valley HS) showed her solid athletic abilities as a hitter and blocker, both on the right side and in the middle. Megan Ducazau (Foothill HS) had double-duty as a setter and as a defensive specialist.


Dual-sport athlete (track) Anna Stone saw playing time as a defensive specialist.

Transferring from Shasta College to continue playing and/or education are:


Cole Suther, to Cal State Monterrey Bay. As a high school senior, Suther participated in the College Connection program at Shasta College, allowing her to earn college credit while in high school.

Tori Humbard, to Southern Oregon University. Humbard will be transferring as a junior to pursue a degree in outdoor adventure leadership.

Paige Adkins, to Cuesta College. Adkins and her childhood sweetheart plan to marry this summer. She will then pursue a nursing degree while he completes a degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Volleyball Photos 2010 Season


Shasta College v. Santa Rosa 09/22/100

Stacy Bettencourt Blocking 

Stacy Bettencourt blocking, Kiely Nelson and Kaitlyn Goff on defense

Josefina Smith Serving 

Josefina Smith servi


Lexie Davidson Warmup 

Lexie Davidson durring hitting warmup

Kiely Nelson Hitting 

Kiely Nelson hitting.  Staci Bettencourt and Sarah Loogman covering the bloc


Jessekah McCorkle Setting 

Jessekah McCorkle setting.  Megan Panza and Julie Annis anticipating the set.

JC Volleyball Feather River 3, Shasta 0  (October 22, 2009, by Jeffrey Jen)  The Knights had a four-game winning streak snapped in falling to the Golden Eagles, 25-18, 25-13, 25-20.Sarah Scott had six kills and 18 digs for Shasta (3-1 Golden Valley Conference, 11-10), while Lauren Swetland had six blocks. Missy Copeland finished with 10 digs for the Knights. 

Knights Get Revenge On Rival Roadrunners(October 15, 2009 by Jeffrey Jen) In the minds of the Knights, a victory over the rival Roadrunners has been a long time in the offing.  The Shasta College volleyball team recovered after a disastrous first game to beat Butte 12-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-21 at home on Wednesday.  "It's very nice," Knights sophomore middle blocker Lauren Swetland said. "We've been waiting for this since last season." 

 The Knights (3-0 Golden Valley Conference, 11-9) were swept by the Roadrunners a year ago and then had a suffer a five-game loss at a tournament earlier this season in a match where they held a two-game lead. So some payback was in order where Shasta was concerned.  

Sophomore Danielle Nance had 10 kills and Lauren Swetland added seven kills and five blocks as the Knights delivered the first blow in what should be a highly competitive league battle this season. Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Scott also had seven kills. 

   While the second-year players have been waiting for roughly 365 days for a victory over the Roadrunners, they got a lot of help from freshmen Jayme King (seven kills, 27 assists) and Kaitlyn Goff (10 kills) in finally achieving that goal. Payback was eventually delivered despite some early jitters. "In our warmups, I noticed that our setters set everything outside 10 feet out of bounds," Knights head coach Kelly Brazil said. "I was thinking, 'Oh boy, the adrenaline is really flowing tonight.' " 

 Butte came in as the defending GVC champions and the 13th-ranked team in the state and played like it in the first game. 

Shasta won the first two points of the contest, but then the Knights hit a few balls long. Shasta immediately went from aggressive to timid and Butte, aided by a couple of aces from setter Tessa Bekendam, proceeded to win 11 straight points.  

 "It was nerves," Swetland said. "Too much adrenaline. We had been looking forward to this match for weeks." 

   "They just needed to settle down," Brazil said. 

Butte head coach Chuck Johnson was mindful of that too. 

 "I told the girls after the first game that was an aberration," Johnson said. "Shasta does not play like that. I knew they were going to bounce back." 

 Shasta did so, jumping out to a 16-5 lead in the second game. 

"They came out and turned us inside out much like we did to them in the first game," Johnson said. "I was just trying to get the girls to earn more than 12 points so we could build some momentum for the third game." 

Butte did come get to within five late (22-17) before the Knights closed things out. However, Shasta continued to play well into the third game. 

   Back-to-back jump serves for aces by King put Shasta up 14-6 at one point. However, Butte slowly chipped away and eventually tied things at 22-2



en Swetland, the state leader in blocks, then came through on perhaps the biggest point of the match, stuffing Butte's Courtney Fichter to break a 25-25 tie. Nance followed that with a kill from the right side to put Shasta up 2-1. 



t was an intense match," Nance said. "We really wanted to win that game. We fought real hard for it."  

 The Knights had trouble early in the season. This time, Shasta finished the job despite falling into a 5-1 hole in the fourth game.  Nance and came up with crucial kills and King added a couple of more aces to build a 14-10 lead.   

 A couple of times, Butte got to within a point but never could tie things up. King got a kill off a set from Alicia Brown to make it 22-20. After trading the next two points, Nance found the far left corner to put Shasta up 24-21.  Goff then went crosscourt on a shot that painted the line at match point.

Knights Volleyball Team Sweeps Corsairs(October 11, 2009 by Jeffrey Jen) Home, sweet home. That has to be what the Shasta College volleyball team is thinking right now after spending so much time on the road.

 The Knights were never seriously challenged in rolling past College of the Redwoods in three straight sets 25-8, 25-18, 25-13 on Saturday for their third straight victory — all at home.

 "The whole month of September we were always on the road," Knights sophomore right-side hitter Danielle Nance said. "We were getting tired. There were a few games we let up when we shouldn't. It's very nice to be home and getting to play in front of our fans."

 Shasta (2-0 Golden Valley Conference, 10-9) is in the midst of a four-game homestand, their first four home matches, but the final one of the lot should be a dandy. The Knights host rival Butte at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a key league contest.

 Some believe that of the four viable contenders for the GVC crown this season — Shasta, Butte, Siskiyous and Feather River — the Knights have the most talent on their roster. But an uneven preseason has Shasta staring up at the other three teams in the latest state junior college volleyball poll.

 "On paper, we are probably the most athletic team of the bunch," Knights head coach Kelly Brazil said. "But we've struggled the most up to this point. We have to make sure we play with more consistency."

Brazil and her team are hopeful that matches played in the comfortable confines of the Shasta College gymnasium would help steady the team. So far, things have gone well. Last week, the Knights dropped the opening set to West Valley then won the next three to take the match. Saturday's win over the Corsairs followed a three-set sweep of Lassen on Friday.

 Redwoods played a match at Siskiyous on Friday before spending the night in Redding. However, the Corsairs looked sluggish early on as Shasta's Jayme King and Sarah Scott took turns peppering Redwoods with jump serves right off the bat.

  Scott had seven aces and King had four, most coming when Shasta jumped out to a 19-3 lead in the first set.

Redwoods started to settle down a bit and began to receive the ball better as the match wore on.

"Their defense got a lot better," Brazil said. "We hit some hard balls and they dug them up."

But Redwoods doesn't have the array of hitters or the depth the Knights do. Brazil played all three of her setters — King, Alicia Brown and Marissa Westlake — evenly and the ball was spread around.

King had seven kills as did middle blockers Lauren Swetland and Kristen Marold. Nance had six kills and Shasta didn't spend too much time going to outside hitters Scott, the team's kill leader, or freshman Kaitlyn Goff.

While Redwoods' defense got better, the offense was still too inconsistent. Macy Renner and Bekah Kemp had five kills apiece for the Corsairs, but there was little else.

The two teams were tied early in the second set, but Shasta won seven of nine points to pull away, punctuated by two aces from Scott.

Redwoods trailed only 12-10 in the third set, but successive blocks by Megan Panza and Swetland got the Knights rolling again. Shasta ended up winning the last nine points of the match, including three aces by Brown, to set up Wednesday's showdown with Butte.

"We don't know how much potential we have," Nance said. "We're starting to realize what we can do once we starting playing together now.




t & Swetland All GVC
Shasta's Sarah Scott and Lauren Swetland were named Tuesday to the All Golden Valley Conference volleyball team. The Knights' Ashley Webster and Kristen Marold were named honorable mention elections. 


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