Coast Conference Champions 2009
CCCAA Nor-Cal Playoffs 2009, 2010, 2011
Written by Head Coach Kevin Kramer
Over the past five seasons in the Gavilan College Women’s Volleyball program, there have been many constants. The biggest and most significant of those constants has been the strength of the middle hitter position and the success that has come to the players who have filled that position for the Rams. To date, every player that has served as a starting middle for Gavilan has played or has been offered a scholarship to play at the four year level.
This year, Gavilan College Volleyball’s K.C. Beadle has continued that tradition of middles moving on. After playing her high school volleyball at Monte Vista Christian, Beadle was a little unsure as to where her playing career would take her. In a recent conversation I had with her, she told me that “The first time we (K.C. and I) had talked, I was really excited and nervous at the same time because it was the first time a coach had contacted me about playing in college.” Looking back, all I remember hearing was the excitement in her voice.
Soon after that initial conversation, Beadle made the decision to spend the next two years continuing her academic and athletic career with us at Gavilan. “Walking into the gym the first time I knew that (the level) was going to be hard. I knew that the only place for me to go was up,” Beadle recently told me. Looking back, I remember it about the same way. When K.C. came into our gym, we felt that the biggest areas she needed to improve in where her strength and her quickness. Needless to say, K.C. has improved in those areas and more.
Over the past two years, K.C. had established herself as one of the top blockers ever in Gavilan College Volleyball history. In 2011 alone, she collected a career high 48 blocks with 29 of those being solo. “Heading into 2011, I wanted to focus on defense and blocking,” she said. “I knew I could contribute in those areas.”
But it wasn’t only on the defensive side of the ball that she contributed in. During the season, K.C. became one of our biggest offensive threats on the court. The threat wasn’t necessarily in the amount of kills she had in a match as much as it was the momentum shift that a K.C. Beadle kill brought to our side of the net. Her kills where big, hard, and most of the time began a two to three point run for our team. In my opinion, she has one of the most intimidating swings of any Gavilan Volleyball player we have ever had.
As a result of her hard work and continuing improvements, K.C. has been given a great opportunity to continue her academic and volleyball career next year, on scholarship, at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. While she is playing for second year Head Coach Greg Spector, she will be majoring in Technical Theater.
It has been amazing watching K.C. Beadle grow as a volleyball player and a person over the past two years. I am extremely proud of how far she has come and very excited to see the impact she will have at Evergreen State. Thanks K.C. for being a great Gavilan College Ram and good luck next year!!!