Dounseroux has solid first season in NAIA
Former Porterville College volleyball standout Stephanie Dounseroux recently completed her junior season at the NAIA level.
As the starting setter for the University of Pikeville Bears in Kentucky, Dounseroux continued her stellar collegiate career.
The former PC Most Valuable Player led the Bears in assists (8.3 per set average), which ranked fourth among all players in the Mid-South Conference.
“Stephanie is a big piece to our puzzle,” said first year coach Shannon Gassman.
“She’s a fierce competitor and I love that about her. She was a leader on the court. As a senior next year, her role will expand as being the leader of our team.”
Dounseroux also led the team during several matches in other categories, including digs, kills, and service aces.
“During the preseason, we talked about improving our defense,” Gassman said.
“Stephanie really stood out for us. She was able to lead in different areas and we were happy to see that.”
Dounseroux said her playing experience at Porterville College, and facing tough teams throughout California helped prepare her for NAIA competition.
“It took a while to get adjusted to everything away from home,” she said.
“These four months went by fast. It was a long season, with long bus rides, playing in different states. I have enjoyed the experience, and I look forward to helping our coaches build a great volleyball program here. I’m already excited about next season.”
While Gassman is busy recruiting new players, including Pirate sophomore Allison Clem, she will rely heavily on Dounersoux to lead a new group of players.
“Stephanie has adjusted well to Pikeville and Kentucky,” she said. We are happy to have her in our program and part of our team.”