Head Coach Jocelyn Lawrence has announced a strong, deep, and talented class of 2019 recruiting class set to begin training later this summer for the upcoming fall season for BC volleyball. Here are Coach Lawrence’s recruits along with coaches’ comments.
5’8” – Setter
Lynden High School
Major: Elementary Education
Kyla Bonsen joins the Bulldogs from Lynden High School in Lynden, WA where she helped lead the Lions to a second place finish at 2A State. While at Lynden, Bonsen ran a 5-1 system for the Lions breaking two school records her senior year for most assists in a single season and career. She was also named First Team All Northwest Conference and 2A First Team All-State her senior year while lettering all four years. Bonsen is also a four year letterman for the Lions basketball team where she helped take her team to the State Championship her sophomore season.
Coach Lawrence about Bonsen – “We really look forward to Kyla’s leadership skills next season. She reads the court extremely well and makes good decisions to set her teammates up for success.”
5’6”- Defensive Specialist/Libero
Lynden Christian High School
Kelsie Otter joins the Bulldogs from Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, WA where she helped lead her team to a first place finish at 1A State. Otter was alost part of the 2015 State Championship team for the Lyncs. While at Lynden Christian, Otter was named 1st Team All Conference her Junior and Senior seasons as well as 1st Team All-State for 1A both her Junior and Senior seasons.
Coach Lawrence about Otter – “Kelsie makes plays look effortless by seeing the court well. She is a quiet force to be reckoned with that fights to keep the play going for her team to get the job done.”
5’9” – Middle Blocker
Chiawana High School
Yaneli joins the Bulldogs from Chiawana High School in Pasco, WA where she helped lead her team to an eighth place finish at 4A State and was named 4A State Honorable Mention. While at Chiawana, Garcia was named MCC Honorable Mention her sophomore season, MCC 2nd Team All Conference her junior season and MCC 1st Team All Conference her senior year. She was also named the Lynx Healthcare/Hapo/SWX October Athlete of the month.
Coach Lawrence about Garcia – “Yaneli is a passionate player. She works her tail off each play for her team whether that is to get the kill, pulling the blocker or get the block closed. She knows how to win.”
6’0” – Outside Hitter
Tahoma High School
Paige Anthony joins the Bulldogs from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, WA where she helped lead her team to a fifth place finish at 4A State and was named 4A State Honorable Mention. Anthony is only the second player in the state to have played at State all four seasons helping lead her team to an 8th, 7th and 5th place finish her first three seasons. Despite playing only half the season due to an ankle injury her senior season, she was named SPSL 1st team and was named team captain. She was SPSL Honorable Mention her Freshman and Sophomore seasons and SPSL 1st team her Junior season.
Coach Lawrence about Anthony – “Paige is a dynamic player on the court. She sees the opponent well creating aggressive swings and smart shots in her front row play. Her movement in the back row is ahead of the ball, extending the play for her team to have the best chance for success.”
5’7” – Outside Hitter
Tumwater High School
Savannah Sleasman joins the Bulldogs from Tumwater High School in Tumwater, WA where she helped lead her team to a State Championship her Sophomore season and a state appearance her Junior season. Sleasman was named Evergreen Conference All Conference MVP and All State 2A First Team. She was named 1st Team All-Area by The Olympian and 2nd Team All-Area by the News Tribune. Tumwater High School named Sleasman MVP her Senior season and Offensive Player of the Year her Junior season. Sleasman was also named Evergreen Conference All Conference second team her Junior season.
Coach Lawrence about Sleasman – “Savannah has a calm confidence about her on the court. Her ability to be anywhere on the court and be successful is going to pay dividends in her career. She is a solid all around player.”
5’10” – Outside Hitter
Wenatchee High School
Lilandra Dexter joins the Bulldogs from Wenatchee High School in Wenatchee, WA. Dexter was named Second Team All-League her senior season. She was Honorable Mention her Sophomore and Junior seasons.
Coach Lawrence about Dexter – “Lilandra is a fighter on the court. She is a strong teammate that is always making the best play for the team. She reads the opponent well both defensively and offensively. Lilandra just finds a way.”
5’8” – Outside Hitter
Kentridge High School
Zaiah Luna-Calvin joins the Bulldogs from Kentridge High School in Kent, WA where she helped lead her team to a third place finish at 4A State her senior season. Luna-Calvin was named MVP of the Cascade League. She was also named Seattle Times Player of the Year and The News Tribune Player of the Year. Luna-Calvin also received First Team All State 4A honors.
Coach Lawrence about Luna-Calvin – “Zaiah leads her team well by example on the court. She reads the opponent well swinging when it is open and taking smart shots when she needs to. While already an extremely talented player we are excited to see her growth here at Bellevue.”
5’9” – Middle Blocker
Tahoma High School
Major: Health Science
Kaileahna McCollum joins the Bulldogs from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, WA where she helped lead her team to a fifth place finish at State both her Junior and Senior season. She was named Cascade All-League Second Team her senior season. McCollum received the Sportsmanship Award her senior season and was MVP at Tahoma High School her Sophomore season.
Coach Lawrence about McCollum – “Kaileahna is a dynamic middle blocker with a strong blocking presence but also a very versatile offense. She is a strong front row leader that works hard to get the win for her team.”
6’1” – Right Side Hitter
West Seattle High School
Major: International Business
Tyler Donlan joins the Bulldogs from West Seattle High School in Seattle, WA where she was named All Metros 1st Team her Junior and Senior seasons and a two year varsity captain. While at West Seattle, Donlan was named Most Inspirational and Best Offensive Player three times.
Coach Lawrence about Donlan – “Tyler is a leader that works hard at any position she plays on the court to get the win for her team. She a strong pin hitter with a smart block. Her eagerness to learn is going to pay dividends for her here at Bellevue.”
5’6” – Setter/Right Side
Dyamonde Schirmer joins the Bulldogs from Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, WA where she helped lead her team to a 4A State appearance and named 4A All State Honorable Mention. Schirmer was All Area Second Team and All League First Team. Her senior season Schirmer was named Team Captain and Kennedy Catholic Team MVP.
Coach Lawrence about Schirmer – “Dyamonde is a strong leader that is driven by being a great teammate. She challenges her teammates in a positive way and sets her offense up for success. She is a dynamic player that will work hard in whichever position her team needs at any time.”
5’11” – Middle Blocker / Right Side
Southridge High School
Major: Physical Therapy
Bobbi Newton joins the Bulldogs from Southridge High School in Kennewick, WA where she helped lead her team to State Appearances both her Junior and Senior seasons. Newton was voted Most Inspirational by her team for her Junior and Senior seasons. She was also honored with the Mid-Columbia Conference Fall Student Athlete her Junior season.
Coach Lawrence about Newton – “Bobbi is a go getter on the court. She leads her team with passion and is eager to learn and grow with each play. She is a solid blocker and places the ball well.”
5’1” – Defensive Specialist
Spanaway Lake High School
Harmony Tialavea joins the Bulldogs from Spanaway Lake High School in Spanaway, WA where she helped lead her team to three District Appearances. She was named to the 3A All State Team Honorable Mention and 3A PCL All League First Team. Tialavea was named Player of the Match during her senior season and led her team in digs.
Coach Lawrence about Tialavea – “Harmony is a quiet, dynamic defensive player. She gets the job done by reading the opponent well and giving herself the opportunity to be successful for her team.”
Last Updated June 14, 2019