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Amazing Grace

Grace DeBoodt named NAIA honorable-mention All-American

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Grace DeBoodt gets a block during the Rimrock Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 22.  DeBoodt was recently named honorable-mention All-American in volleyball by the NAIA.

Former Crook County High School athlete Grace DeBoodt is continuing to roll up achievements in her collegiate athletic career.
   Last year as a freshman DeBoodt started on the Eastern Oregon University volleyball team, and then in the spring ran track and made it to the national meet in the 1,600-meter relay, and the javelin.
   This year DeBoodt has added basketball to her college resume, but her real accomplishment so far has come in volleyball.
   DeBoodt was named first team all Cascade Conference as a middle hitter, then was named first team All-Region for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in Region 1, and finally was named an NAIA honorable mention All-American.
   "Grace is an amazing player," said Head Coach Kaki McClean, also a Crook County graduate. "We are lucky to have her on our team. To have an honor like that, much less as a sophomore is a huge achievement for her, and a huge achievement for our team."
   DeBoodt led both the Cascade Conference and region 1 in kills with 381 kills in 95 games for the Mountaineers.
   "I was looking forward to the all-conference honor," said DeBoodt. "I wasn't sure about the all region award, and then the All-American recognition was a real surprise."
   "I love playing for McClean," added DeBoodt. "She knows a lot about the game and still has the player mentality so every practice or game she's right in it with us."
   "Grace is not only a great athlete, but she's a great pearson," said McClean. "Those are the type of kids that you want on your team, and that's why I'm recruiting out of Crook County. They know what it's about and they value the game and what it's about and having fun still, and that's what my program is all about."
   "I look forward to the next two years with DeBoodt and some other great athletes," McClean said. "She will be the front runner for our team for the next couple years, and I definitely expect us to be in the top of the conference."
   Instead of resting on her accomplishments as soon as volleyball season ended DeBoodt joined the Eastern Oregon womens basketball team.
   "It's good," said DeBoodt. "I'm a lot busier than I was last year. Picking up the plays and all their drills wasn't too bad. I haven't been playing as much as I would like, but that also comes with time."