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Northwest Trail, Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sports

‘Serbian Assassin’ dominates volleyball By Cameron Grewell @CameronG_Sports Volleyball standout sophomore Ana Jakovljevic has made a name for herself on the volleyball court. Jakovljevic was the unquestioned leader for the Trappers this past season and always brings 110 percent to every game. Jakovljevic is an international student from Valjejo, Serbia. Media outlets associated with the college have given her the nickname “The Serbian Assassin.” Her hard work and outstanding play didn’t go unnoticed as she was named a 2013 NJCAA Division I Volleyball All-American for the second straight year. Jakovljevic led the Trappers to the National tournament after an outstanding showing at the regional tournament where the Trappers found themselves as a team and against all odds upset the number one rated Western Wyoming Community College in the championship. Jakovljevic played outside hitter for the Trappers and showed up to every game with an aggressive attitude, consistent play and hard hits that rattled the gym. The outside hitter was fourth in the nation with 5.6 per set, sixth in the nation with 4.5 kills per set, and second in the nation with .89 aces per set. Jakovljevic ranked first in the nation in service errors with 88. She was ranked 10th in the nation with 531 toal kills on the season. Jakovljevic’s hits had the ability to switch the momentum of the game at any point throughout a match. She is going to further her volleyball career at Eastern Washington University. The Eagles are a Division I program. Why did you choose Northwest College? “One of my coaches from Serbia told me about this college, so I got in contact with coach from here. I liked the program and I decided to come here.” What was the most memorable part of your season? “Beating Western Wyoming two times in a row at regionals and going to nationals.” What’s your favotie part about going to NWC? “The friends I made here that have been by my side through thick and thin and also experiencing a new way of playing volleyball and adapting to the new environment.” Who do you look up to the most? “My sister and my coach.” Can you explain the importance of volleyball in your life? “When I was in primary school, I really enjoyed playing in different kinds of sports, but I always loved volleybal the most. It makes me happy and satisfied.”

Photograph by Nikayla Cooper

Congratulations Volleyball

The following businesses would like to congratulate NWC volleyball for an excellent season

• Jam Spot • Napa Auto • Kleen Kare • Western Cellular

• Tobin Chiropractic • Garvin Motors • American Dream Drive-In


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