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Volleyball - Fri, Jun. 16, 2017

LEWISTON, Idaho – Two-sport standout Marilin Dear and Alaska native Anna Ingraham, both junior college transfers, will take their volleyball talents to Lewis-Clark State College this fall, Warrior coach LaToya Harris-Alexander has announced.

The 5-foot-11 Dear comes to LCSC from West Los Angeles College where she was a middle and outside hitter on the volleyball team and also a jumper and hurdler on the track team. In volleyball, she finished third in the conference in blocks, fifth in digs, and had a hitting percentage of .287. That follows her freshman year when she was selected as first-team all-conference and the MVP of her team. She holds the school record for most kills.

In track, she earned first-team all-state honors and finished second in the conference and third in the state in the long jump. As a freshman, she was eighth in the state in the triple jump, including No. 3 in southern California and her conference. She also was fourth in the conference in the 100-meter hurdles.

She also was named West Los Angeles' Student-Athlete of the Year.  Dear caught Harris-Williams' eye during a senior showcase recruiting event for JC transfers at Pierce College in Los Angeles earlier this year.

"I loved her tenacity, her competitiveness, court awareness, and athleticism," Harris-Alexander said.  "Once I had the chance to introduce myself to her we cliqued. Our conversations over the phone felt natural and half the time we didn't even discuss LC.  I knew she would fit perfectly.   She is an amazing young woman and wants to win on the court, and in life.   One comment I remember her making is that if you are not on the court to play to win and too nervous to compete then get off. I loved it.  Mari is extremely athletic, passionate, and a strong player at the net.  Her ability to jump and her quickness from participating in track can change our game tremendously.  I am excited to have her. "

Dear said she chose LCSC because of the energy of Harris-Alexander.

"Out of all the coaches I felt the closest connection to her," Dear said. "When I took my visit and met the girls the deal was sealed.  The girls were so kind and genuine.  It felt as if I never left my family.  The faculty that I met also seemed to have a genuine concern with my future and I appreciated that.  I am excited to join a small town coming from such a large fast-paced city."

Ingraham, a 5-8 setter, is from Chugiak, Alaska, and played at Wenatchee Valley College last year. She played in Alaska with current LC outside hitter Rachel Gregg and the two are close friends.

Ingraham was a second-team NWAACC pick and also was selected to the all-tournament team at the Big Bend Tournament. She earned 2nd team all-East Region in the NWAACC as well and received conference academic honors.

"Anna was the final player added to our 2017 roster and I couldn't be more happier to have her in our program," Harris-Alexander said.  "It was a short visit, but she fit right in with the team and my philosophy.  She moves to  the ball very well and efficiently and controls the offense. Her work ethic and relentless mindset shows when she  plays.  Not only is she a strong volleyball player but an outstanding student.  Anna takes school and volleyball seriously and will do all she can to be the best at it."

Ingraham said she chose LC because she felt she can become a better volleyball player because of the program and her new teammates.

"I also chose LC because it has my interests in studies and I felt like I could call it home for the next few years," she said.

The signings give LCSC a good mix with seven returning players and nine newcomers.

"This recruiting season I have brought in nine players and all of them bring something unique to the program," Harris-Alexander said. "But, what they have in common is the competitive drive, positive energy, strength, experience at a championship level, yet most of all they want to get LC back to the top of our conference." 

The Warriors plan to have an alumni tournament on Aug. 5 and a scrimmage against Spokane Falls on Aug. 12 before  the Warriors open the season on Aug. 16-17 in Fullerton, Calif., in the Hope International Tournament. LCSC will play four matches there and is currently trying to pick up a fifth match while down there. The Warriors then have a tournament in Butte, Mont., before they play their first home match on Sept. 8 against Walla Walla University.