Warrior volleyball team signs Southridge's Clark
Southridge High School volleyball standout Liz Clark has signed a letter-of-intent to continue her career with the two-time defending Frontier Conference champions Lewis-Clark State College Warriors, LCSC assistant coach Burdette Greeny has announced.
Clark is a 6-foot-2 middle blocker who had an outstanding career at Southridge under coach John Lengphounpraseut and also with the Desert Volleyball Club Team, which is coached by Hugh Harris.
“We are excited to have Liz join our program,’’ Greeny said. “We feel like we are getting a high quality person who has a tremendous upside on the volleyball court. Liz is very long and that’s something you can’t teach. Her high school and club teams helped her build a solid foundation of skills. This combined with her athleticism and the chance to train every day leads us to believe she has only scratched the surface of what she could become.”
During her high school career, she was a four-year member of the varsity and started her final three seasons. She was a Big Nine Conference All-First Team selection her final two years and a Tri-City Herald All-Area First Team choice as a senior and a second-team selection as a junior and as a sophomore. She also earned Washington State Class 4A Honorable Mention honors as a senior.
She was named the Team MVP her senior year, Team Captain as a junior, and Team Most Improved as a sophomore. She also was a Big Nine second-team selection as a sophomore when her team finished ninth at the state tournament.
“Liz visited us late last spring and liked what she saw,” Greeny said. “She then came in late October to watch a home match and was able to spend some quality time with our players. She fit in well with the team and felt the program and campus suited her liking. We were surprised to learn that she had turned down a Division I volleyball offer in the summer before we had even made our offer to her. This was very significant to us because Liz showed how much she wanted to be a part of this program. We highly value team chemistry with individuals who see outside of themselves and understand the core principles of our program. We think Liz fits this concept wonderfully and we are excited to have the opportunity to coach her.”
Clark’s parents are Michael and Dotty Clark and she has a younger sister, Erin. She has a 3.4 grade point average in high school and plans to major in either Psychology or Education at LCSC.
Clark is the third player to sign with the Warriors, joining 5-2 defensive specialist Stephanie Shumaker of Kentwood High, and Alyssa Wold, a 5-10 setter/right-side hitter from Spokane’s West Valley High School.
LCSC posted a 30-4 record last season and won its second straight conference regular season and tournament titles. LCSC advanced to the national tournament and was ranked No. 14 in the final NAIA poll.