The Salt Lake Community College volleyball team received several awards for their play during the season and wins in the Region 18 tournament.
On Friday, Nov. 8, the top-seeded Bruins beat Snow College in 3 sets (25-12, 26-24, 25-20) to secure a bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Volleyball Championship Tournament in Casper, Wyo.
On Saturday, the Bruins beat surprise opponent North Idaho College (NIC) in 3 sets (25-22, 25-221, 25-21). NIC was the No. 3 seed in the tournament, and had to defeat the No. 2 seed College of Southern Idaho to get to the final round with the Bruins.
Both teams will advance to Nationals, with SLCC representing Region 18a and NIC representing Region 18b. Brackets have yet to be announced. Games start on Nov. 21.
Carol Grasso, the Bruins freshman outside hitter, was named the Region 18 Player of the Year. Grasso led the Bruins and the SWAC with 414 kills and 48 service aces. She was second on the team with 336 digs. Grasso also received Region 18 Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Sophomore outside hitter Bailee Kendall joined Grasso on the First Team All-Region 18. Middle hitter Jillian Campbell was named to the Second Team All-Region 18, and libero Indigo Allen and setter Baylie Henrie received honorable mentions. Henrie was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Coach Sue Dulaney was named Region 18 Coach of the Year. The Bruins were undefeated in conference play and ranked in the top eight nationally all year. The Bruins are 24 and 6 after the tournament.