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2022 AVCA Two-year College Regional Awards

Posted Date: December 2, 2022
By: Test Author

LEXINGTON, KY (December 2, 2022) – The AVCA is pleased to announce the Regional Coaches of the Year for Two-Year College women's volleyball, as chosen by the Two-Year College Volleyball All-America Selection Committee. The eight recipients, who represent all three NJCAA Divisions and the NWAC, come from each of the four regions: Midwest, Northeast/Southeast, Southwest, and West. 


Cliff Hastings, Parkland College
2022 Record: 55-3

The Cobras enjoyed another deep postseason run, which has become the norm since Hastings took over as head coach in 2009. This year's team brought a 16-match win streak—during which it dropped only two sets—into the semifinal round of the NJCAA Division II Tournament, but fell just short of repeating as national champs with a third-place finish.

Tolis Koskinaris, College of DuPage
2022 Record: 32-3

Koskinaris kicked things up a notch in 2022. In his seventh season as the DuPage head coach, he guided his squad to this year's NJCAA Division III title, the school's first since 1999. The team closed the season on an eight-match winning streak and was dominant at nationals, dropping only one set (in the championship final against Owens Community College).


Thais Baziquetto-Allen, Florida SouthWestern State College
2022 Record: 27-1

It was a memorable season for Florida SouthWestern in 2022, as Baqizuetto-Allen's squad won the school's first NJCAA Division I National Championship. Off the court, the team had to weather Hurricane Ian in late September, which crossed right over the school's campus. Originally the Buccaneers thought they'd be out of their home gym for 16 days, but they ended up playing all their matches over the final two months of the season on the road—losing only once in that stretch.

Stephanie Champine, Richard Bland College
2022 Record: 34-3

Champine made quite an impact in her first season, as her team came away champions at the 2022 NJCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament. After rolling through the conference season unbeaten, her squad didn't drop a set in the regional and then picked up four wins in Cedar Rapids to earn the school's first volleyball national title. 


Aleah Hayes, Trinity Valley Community College
2022 Record: 31-11

Hayes authored a major turnaround in 2022. Her team, which went 8-8 in league play last year, finished a perfect 16-0 this year, marking the first undefeated conference season in school history. Following the conference championship, the Cardinals won the Region 14 title and then finished eighth in the NJCAA Division I Tournament.

Regina Mannix, Scottsdale Community College
2022 Record: 26-2

Mannix and her squad enjoyed an excellent season in 2022. The Fighting Artichokes rolled through the regular season with a perfect 19-0 mark and went 4-1 in the Region 1 Tournament to advance to the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship match. They came from 2-0 down and were within a couple of points of winning the national title, but they fell in an epic five-setter that ended 16-14 in the final set.


DiShondra Goree, Columbia Basin College
2022 Record: 30-4

Goree receives the award posthumously following her unexpected passing on Oct. 22. Under her leadership, Columbia Basin College became one of the top programs in the NWAC. Her 2022 team pulled together and battled for her, making an epic run to the NWAC Tournament final. The team fell in a tough, five-setter against Linn Benton Community College and finished the season 30-4.

Shay Goulding Meurer, Salt Lake Community College
2022 Record: 30-4

Meurer helped return the SLCC program to the top in her second full season back; she previously coached at the school from 2003-07. The Bruins, who were the NJCAA's No. 1-ranked team for several weeks, punched their ticket to West Plains with a pair of sweeps in the Region 18 Tournament and then finished fifth in the Division I Championship. weeks, punched their ticket to West Plains with a pair of sweeps in the Region 18 Tournament and then finished fifth in the Division I Championship.



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