Coach, players net conference volleyball awards

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Vanessa Clarson was one of two Madison College volleyball players selected to the all-conference team. She was joined on the team by Terissa Bierd.

Troy Bruzewski, Sports Editor

For the second time in three years, Madison College’s Toby Parker was named the North Central Community College Conference’s top women’s volleyball coach and had two players on the conference’s first team.

Parker, who also was the top N4C coach in 2010, coached the WolfPack to a share of their first conference title, with Rock Valley and Harper, ending with a 24-5 overall record and 10-2 conference record. This was his fourth season with Madison College, which peaked at No. 6 in the NJCAA volleyball rankings. His career record in N4C competition is 36-12.

Terissa Bierd and Vanessa Clarson helped make Parker’s job this season easier, with season statistic totals that placed them on the conference’s first team.

Bierd led the WolfPack in kills (280) and aces (64). In conference play, she had 137 kills in 12 games this season, which was the second-highest total in the conference. Thirty-one of her aces were served in conference games, which was the fourth-highest total in the N4C.

Clarson had 532 digs this season, 229 coming in N4C games, which was the highest in the conference. She had a season-high 45 digs in a non-conference game this season and her high in-conference was 29, in a key win over Rock Valley.

Bierd and Clarson also were named to the NJCAA’s Region IV team. Bierd has been nominated for the All-American team, while Clarson was named to the NJCAA Region IV Tournament team.

The WolfPack last had two players on the all-conference team in 2010, when Ashley Biesterveld and Skye Kapinus were both named to the first team. That year, they also had two players – Hilary Frey and April Testman – on the second team. Their best showing on the team was in 2009, when Melissa Ernst, Kristen Klein and Casee Simms gave Madison College nearly half the all-conference team roster.