AVCA honors LCSCs Greeny, Clemente and Maciboba
Lewis-Clark State College coach Jennifer Greeny was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Region I Coach of the Year while junior outside hitter Anile Clemente was the Player of the Year, the AVCA announced on Friday.
In addition, Warrior senior middle blocker Julie Maciboba was a first-team all-Region I selection along with Clemente, while senior libero Lindsay Scott earned honorable mention honors.
Greeny won the award for the second straight year and with it, was nominated for the AVCA’s National Coach of the Year. Greeny led the Warriors to a 30-4 record this season, marking only the fourth time a Warrior volleyball team reached 30 wins. The Warriors’ winning percentage of 88.2 is the second best in program history.
In Greeny’s second year at the helm, the Warriors won both the Frontier Conference regular season and tournament titles for the second straight year. LCSC, which was ranked No. 14 in the final NAIA poll, then defeated Shawnee State in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament to advance to pool play. The Warriors were in Sioux City, Iowa this week for the remainder of the national tournament and finished 1-2 in pool play, missing out on qualifying for the single-elimination portion of the tournament.
Clemente was voted the conference’s Player of the Year this season after sharing the award with Angie Johnson of Westminster a year ago. Clemente also was selected to the All Region I team last season.
Clemente, a 5-foot-11 native of Sorocaba, Sao Paolo, Brazil, led the Warriors in kills this season with 436 and service aces with 65. She also was third in hitting percentage at .277 and second in digs with 366.
Maciboba, who like Clemente and Scott, was a first-team all-conference selection as well. The 5-11 native of Kennewick had a solid second half of the season and finished with a team-best .299 hitting percentage along with 290 kills, which ranked second on the team. She was fourth on the team in service aces with 32, sixth in digs with 106 and also led the team in total blocks with 107.
The 5-7 Scott, who also is from Kennewick, had a solid season in her first complete year at libero. She led the Warriors in digs with 542 and was fifth in service aces with 26. She had a team-best 94.2 passing percentage with 26 errors on 446 passes.
Both Clemente and Maciboba are now eligible for the AVCA NAIA All America team. Last season, Clemente was a third-team selection. That team will be announced later this month along with the Coach of the year at AVCA National Convention, which opens Dec. 16 at Omaha, Neb.