Chris Meyers focuses his attention on the boys tennis program

Photo Credit: SANDY POST: FILE PHOTO - Kayla Anderson rises above the net for a kill during a match last season. The Pioneers finished fifth in league with a 6-8 record in 2013. At the end of the 2013-14 academic year, Chris Meyers elected to step down from his position as head volleyball coach at Sandy. Meyers, who held the post for several years, also coaches the boys tennis team and ultimately decided to dedicate his time to that job.

While it is difficult to replace a coach who has put so much into a program, Sandy may have accomplished the feat by hiring Shyanna Davis.

Davis brings a wealth of volleyball experience to the sideline, both as a player and as a coach. She began playing the sport at the age of nine and played consistently thereafter. Davis was a four-year starter in high school and was an all-state player as a junior and senior.

Davis was offered a full-ride scholarship to a college in Mississippi out of high school. During her entrance physical, it was discovered that she had congestive heart failure and she had to give up playing volleyball immediately.

The stunning discovery was naturally a huge blow, but it opened the coaching door for Davis. As she attended college, she coached the volleyball team at the Mississippi School of the Deaf in 2006. Davis moved up and was an assistant coach at Jackson State University the following season. She then took a few years of from coaching to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

In 2009, Davis jumped back into game as she coached the Mt. Hood Athletic Club volleyball squad. Last season, Davis was the varsity assistant coach at Portland Christian where she helped the team earn a sixth-place finish in the state tournament. She was also the junior varsity head coach there and led the club to an undefeated season.

Davis’ experience could prove invaluable, but she feels the coaching staff as a whole is very solid and well-rounded. Torii Schaffer will head up the junior varsity squad and Lihau Perreira, who was a star at Mt. Hood Community College last year, will coach the JV2 team.

“The girls have responded very well to the new coaching staff. They respect us and value our knowledge for the game,” Davis said. “Each of us coaches is great at specific aspects of the game, which is what makes us a great coaching team. We complement each other and our goal is to work hard for these players and take them as far as we can.”

Sandy hopes Davis and her assistants can bring a high level of success to the Pioneer program. The primary goal for Davis and her staff is to get the team back to the state tournament for the second straight season.

“These girls are very eager for a great season and have worked hard all summer to prove they are ready to do whatever it takes to make it to the state playoffs,” Davis said. “There is no doubt in my mind that we can make it. This season will be full of excitement that the community will not want to miss.”

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