Anderson Making The Move To College Volleyball

By Jeremy McDonald

OREGON CITY, Ore.–  This time last year, Madison Anderson was in between Volleyball and Basketball at Stayton High School as she was finishing up her prep career as a Eagle.

Fast forward 12 months, the now-college freshman was wrapping up her first year playing for Clackamas Community College as a Cougar Volleyball player.

“It’s definitely a whole ‘nother level, a lot more competitive than High School and just a faster pace all together,” Anderson described the difference between High School and College. “That’s about it, it’s a lot harder and more serious.”

Anderson went into depth about how hard and competitive College is compare to High School on a scale of 1-10 range with 10 being the hardest; Anderson said that High School ranks at about a five on the scale while College floats at about a 8-10.

The freshman came off the bench in the Clackamas-Chemeketa season finale in Randall Hall on the Cougar Campus, seeing playing time in all of the three sets in the Storms sweep of Clackamas.

Anderson’s journey to the Cougar campus started when a friend from High School suggested that she should try-out for the Clackamas squad this year, so she came out to try-outs and made the team.

Anderson, who made the team on Recruiting Day, was 6th on the team in Kills (32) and fourth on the team in Total Blocks (16) for Clackamas per DakStats in 2016 (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)


“I had a friend that played with me in High School and she told me that I should come and try-out,” Anderson described the journey to making the team. “And so I talked to the coach and she wanted me to come to Recruiting Day and she offered me a spot on the team.”

Anderson compiling 32 Kills, 16 total blocks, eight digs, and five assist in her first season at the collegiate level.  One of her eight digs came against Chemeketa Wednesday night.

Reflecting on her first year playing at the next level, the six-foot Anderson knows she needs to work on her ‘hops’ during the offseason for her sophomore campaign next year.

“I should probably, for being as tall as I am, I need to jump a lot higher,” she said on how she can improve for next year. “I can hit better and I can block better.”

For the transfer degree student, she’s considering volleyball at the four-year level but gave a chuckle when asked about doing basketball for the Cougars this season as well.

“I’m not sure,” Anderson smiled about basketball.  “I’m not sure.”

As of right now, volleyball and her education is front and center.


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