ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) — Bay College volleyball head coach Dan Porath held a signing Thursday night that committed seven student-athletes to Bay College’s inaugural Nordic volleyball team, which will begin play in fall 2022.
Bay College President Dr. Laura Coleman, was present at the event. “Bay College is thrilled to add volleyball to the athletic roster,” said Coleman. “Dan has recruited a great first volleyball team and we are all looking forward to seeing them play next year.”
Sports director Matt Johnson repeated their statements. “Coach Porath has done an incredible job laying the foundation for our program for the coming season and years to come. These seven student athletes are a great addition to our athletic department and we look forward to seeing them compete this fall. We are very excited to see what the future holds for the Nordic volleyball program.”
“This is a very talented group,” said Porath. “They excel in the classroom and on the volleyball field. We have several all-conference players from their conferences and several team captains. Most played all around (front row and back row) so they have positional flexibility. It’s a great group of girls laying the foundation for what Bay Volleyball will be. Go Nordic!”
Leah Allan will graduate from Oconto High School in Wisconsin and was an All-Conference Honorable Mention and Team Caption for the Blue Devils. She also competed in basketball, track and field, and softball in her high school career. Leah is a High Honor Roll student and plans to enter Bay College’s nursing program.
Emma Andrews is from Iron Mountain, Michigan and attends Kingsford High School. She was the Great Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 and was named to two All-Tournament teams. She was added to the Dean’s List in the fall of 2021 while taking classes at Bay College. Emma plans to study biochemistry.
Amber Caylor was named First Team All-Conference at Wausaukee High School in Wisconsin. She was also named Team Captain and MVP. Amber also played softball during her high school career and was also the team captain and MVP for that team. She is a member of the National Honors Society and was inducted into the Highest Honor Roll and is a valedictorian in her class. Amber will be entering the nursing program.
Riley Johnson attended Superior Central High School and is from Eben Junction, Michigan. She was named to the All-Elite Volleyball Team in 2021, First-Team in 2019 and 2020, and All-UP Volleyball Team in 2020 and 2021. Riley also competed on the basketball, softball, and track teams. She was also a member of the basketball team, where she received multiple First Team Honors and All-Defensive Team honors in her junior year. Riley wants to study business administration.
Emma Rutter also attends Superior Central High School and is from Chatham, Michigan. During her career with the Cougars, she was named All-Region, Skyline Conference Second Team, and Honorable Mention, and was the team captain. She was also a member of the softball, cross country, and track teams at Superior Central. She expects to finish in the top three in her class with a 3.9 grade point average. She is an Honor Roll student and the President of the Student Council. Emma plans to enter Bay College’s physical therapy program.
Alissa Sanville is currently attending Gladstone High School. She was awarded second team and an honorable mention in the Great Northern Conference and an honorable mention in the Mid-Peninsula Conference. Alissa was an honor roll student throughout her high school career and plans to major in business at Bay College.
Kylee Tadisch attends Coleman High School in Wisconsin. She was named her team’s Most Improved Player in 2020 and Most Valuable Player in 2021. She was also named First Team All-Conference in her senior year. Kylee plans to study graphic design.
Bay College announced the inclusion of volleyball earlier this year, with intentions to start playing in fall 2022. Coach Porath became the first Nordic volleyball coach to be hired in October. Volleyball is the seventh sport offered by Bay College, along with baseball, men’s and women’s cross-basketball, men’s and women’s basketball, and softball. Norse Athletics will join the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) starting next season.
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