The Cavaliers star says she likes the environment and the coaches

by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Clackamas athletic standout Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks has made a verbal commitment to accept a full-ride scholarship to play volleyball at NCAA Division I Texas State University.Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks, who has excelled in three sports during her high school career at Clackamas High School, has made a verbal commitment to accept a full-ride scholarship to play volleyball at Texas State University, a NCAA Division I school in San Marco, Texas.

Texas State is coached by Karen Chisum, one of the nation’s winningest college volleyball coaches. The head coach at Texas State for the past 32 seasons, Chisum has 757 career victories, which ranks her sixth best among active coaches and 13th-best all-time.

Sporting a young team, with only one senior starter, Texas State joined the Western Athletic Conference last fall and went 9-9 in the conference and finished 14-16 overall. In the previous 15 seasons, competing in the Southland Conference, the Bobcats won conference and/or the conference championship tournament nine times. Texas State moves to the Sun Belt Conference next fall.

Vasconcellos-Mattocks was also recruited by NCAA Division I Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Bradley, New Jersey Institute of Technology, McNeese, Toledo, Eastern Washington, Portland State, Kent State and the University of New Hampshire; D-II Western Oregon, Western Washington and Pittsburg University; D-III Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound and Emory University; and NAIA Concordia and Bellevue University/Nebraska.

“It was the first school I visited and it just felt right,” Vasconcellos-Mattocks said of her decision to join the Texas State Bobcats. “I liked the environment. It was like one big family. And I really liked the coaches, a lot.”

Vasconcellos-Mattocks said she has no illusions about being a major contributor right away.

“Obviously I’m going to have to work really, really hard if I want to earn playing time my freshman year, because they’re all really, really good,” Vasconcellos said. “I’m coming in as a six-rotation outside hitter.”

A 3.98 student at Clackamas, she plans a major in environmental engineering.

“I want to focus on helping the environment, and the whole going green movement,” Vasconcellos-Mattocks said. “I’d like to design things that are more eco-friendly.”

The Cavalier star said she plans to report in July, and attend summer school at Texas State.

A 5-11 outside hitter/middle blocker in volleyball, Vasconcellos-Mattocks earned Three Rivers League first-team all-star honors the past three seasons. She helped lead the Cavaliers to two league co-championships (2010, 2011) and one outright league championship and her school’s first undefeated league season (10-0) last fall.

A first-team all-state selection in 2012, Vasconcellos-Mattocks helped lead Clackamas’ volleyball team to fifth place at the Class 6A State Tournament in 2011 and third place at the state tournament in 2012.

She was named to the 6A Volleyball State Tournament all-tournament first team both in 2011 and 2012. Her senior year at Clackamas she had 364 kills, a .298 hitting percentage, 30 blocks, 51 ace serves, and a 2.20 passing average.

Vasconcellos-Mattocks was a first-team all-league post in basketball her junior year; and, as a sophomore she helped lead the Cavaliers to state runner-up honors in that sport. She was honored as Clackamas’ “player of the game” in the 2011 state final with Jesuit. She elected not to play basketball this past year, so that she could concentrate on volleyball.

Vasconcellos-Mattocks also excelled in track and field, qualifying for state in the long jump, after placing second at the TRL district meet, in 2011.

Vasconcellos-Mattocks was also a Multnomah Athletic Club Scholar/Athlete Award winner, an honor which recognizes outstanding sophomore scholar/athletes in the Portland area.

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