Photo Credit: PHIL HAWKINS - Junior outside hitter Kanisha Ott-Parker (left) and senior middle blocker Sierra Shepherd (right) both earned honorable mention nominations for the Woodburn volleyball team last season and will give the Bulldogs much needed stability as the team transitions from its senior-heavy team in 2013.2014 WOODBURN VOLLEYBALL

Coach: Brittany Clements

Last season: 0-17 (0-14 Mid-Willamette)

Key returners: Kanisha Ott-Parker, Sierra Shepherd

Key Losses: Denise Martinez

Outlook: The Woodburn volleyball team will be a drastically different squad to open the 2014 fall season.

The Bulldogs graduated seven seniors from 2013, leaving plenty of open spaces for new talent come up through the ranks in coach Brittany Clements’ second season with the team.

Returning all-league athletes like Kanisha Ott-Parker and Sierra Shepherd will help usher in the new class of Bulldogs who are hoping to compete against the new-look Mid-Willamette Conference.

While the majority of teams return this season, the absence of two-time state champion West Albany leaves a significant power vacuum atop the conference

Phil Hawkins covers sports and the city of Gervais. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1194.

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