Western volleyball team adds Corvallis star

DILLON — The University of Montana Western volleyball team has signed another local talent.  Head coach Lisa Griffiths has announced the signing of Corvallis senior Joanna Avery to a Frontier Conference/ NAIA letter of intent.

Avery is a 6-foot middle blocker out of Corvallis High School. During her senior season she helped lead the Blue Devils to an undefeated season and the Class A state championship. She earned first team all-state and all-conference honors and was voted the conference MVP. Joanna helped lead her team to the state tournament as a junior and was voted second team all-conference. Her playing experience goes beyond the borders of Montana, as she has participated at the junior nationals.

“I chose UMW because I thought it was a perfect fit for me,” Avery said.  “It has an incredible secondary education program and I loved the team and the coach.”

Off the court Avery has earned academic all-state honors and has been named to the Corvallis High School Honor Roll.  She plans to study elementary education while attending Montana Western.  She is the daughter of Mark and Anne-Marie Avery.

— Montana Western Sports Information