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Cowgirl grads make impact in college volleyball

Former Crook County volleyball players successful in college

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kimber Duncan, a defensive specialist for Angelo State University, played for an alumni team on Saturday.

On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Rimrock Volleyball Club sponsored a unique volleyball tournament at Crook County Middle School.
   In addition to several central Oregon youth volleyball clubs there were also two Rimrock alumni teams. The Rimrock club won the tournament, with an alumni team led by Eastern Oregon State University coach Kaki McClean and Crook County assistant coach Katie O'Neal finishing second while an alumni team with Grace DeBoodt finished in a tie for third.
   "It was a fun day, and a lot of high level volleyball was played," said Crook County JV coach Jerry Honl. The Rimrock Club is a prineville based AAU age group program that is open to volleyball players from throughout central Oregon, but that is largely filled with Crook County athletes.
   Many of Rimrocks players have starred at Crook County High School, as well as making an impact in college volleyball, and this seemed like a good opportunity to update where some of Crook County's former athletes are today.
   Kaki McClean graduated from Eastern Oregon State University in June with a degree in nursing and has been the Mountaineers' Head Coach for the last two seasons. She is splitting time between a nursing and coaching career and is actively recruiting athletes to continue to improve the Mountaineer volleyball program.
   Rhea (Wortman) Cardwell spent two seasons at Clackamas Community College and then transferred to University of Alaska Anchorage where she is a junior outside hitter. She played in 68 games this season and finished second on the team in kills with 222, and third in digs with 283.
   Chelsea Reeher is in her third season at Corban College, where she is a middle blocker. She appeared in 93 games this season and had 278 kills. Reeher was named to the honorable mention team for the Cascade Conference.
   Kimber Duncan is in her sophomore season as a defensive specialist/libero for Angelo State University, in Texas, where she appeared in 93 games and had 242 digs. She was named to the all-conference academic team.
   Angie Bailey is a freshman at Northwest Nazarene University, where she is playing outside hitter and appeared in 22 games.
   Heather Gerke is a junior at Seattle University. She played two seasons at Clackamas Community College prior to transferring, and is a defensive specialist.
   And Grace DeBoodt is a sophomore at Eastern Oregon University and led the team and NAIA Region 1 in kills with 381 while being named first team all-conference and all region, and being named honorable mention All-American.