Klahowya’s Rachel Bailey had a ‘virtual’ campus tour of the NAIA school in Portland before signing to play for the Lions next season
It might not have been the signing day that Rachel Bailey hoped for, but the Klahowya senior was still thrilled nonetheless.
Bailey, a setter, will play volleyball next season at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, a NAIA program that plays in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
Bailey said the small, private campus had the family feel unlike any other she had seen.
“Multnomah was definitely the perfect fit for me,” Bailey said.
Her ‘visit’ was not on campus because it fell during Oregon’s stay-at-home order, Bailey said, but coach Colton Naill made her feel very welcome.
“Because of what’s going on, I never actually got to step foot on campus, I actually had a visit scheduled the Monday after the shutdown was announced,” Bailey said. “Even though I never got to take an official tour, all of the staff at MU made sure I had every resource I needed. I took a tour on Zoom and got to speak with some players over text also.”
Bailey said she had a few other schools she was looking into, but she always came back to Multnomah.
“MU was actually the first school that I really got in contact with, so it’s always been special to me,” she said.
Bailey was coming off a phenomenal senior season for the Eagles, who finished 14-3 overall and 6-0 in the Olympic League 1A last fall. Bailey earned Olympic League MVP honors and was named to the All-State honorable mention team as a setter.
Bailey’s ability at the setter position isn’t her only skillset. She can also play in the hitter position which bodes well for her with the Lions who finished 3-19 overall and 2-18 in the CCC.
“When I first spoke with the coach, he told me he was looking for a setter that could also swing and be a big block in the front row,” Bailey said. “The team will have a lot of new players next year, so it will be a rebuilding season.”
And that’s fine with Bailey. She plans on leaving for college in August and is most excited about getting back on the court and building relationships with her new teammates. Bailey wants to major in exercise science and become a physical therapist.
Playing college volleyball became her dream about eight years ago, and with the help of her select coaches at Olympic Premier Volleyball Club that dream is now a reality.
“Playing volleyball at Klahowya was the best time,” Bailey said, “the relationships I built with the other girls was so special, we truly aren’t just a team but a family. I’ll never forget playing at Klahowya, all of my coaches and teammates helped me so much and I couldn’t be more thankful.”