Position: Opposite

Paris McDowell


“Don’t count the days; make the days count” – muhammed ali

About Me

Blue is my favorite color and I like the song ” I serve the bass” by future.  My little sister Makayla inspires me to do my best because I refuse to be the worse at volleyball out of the two of us.  My most memorable volleyball moment was when I went to Arizona with my high school team and we were able to play other teams at such a high level.  Something that most people don’t know about me is I really enjoy playing the piano.  In 5 years, I see myself continuing my education to become a gynecologist.  I would like to thank both of my parents and my sister, Makayla. I would also like to thank every coach I’ve had the honor of working with throughout my volleyball career.

  • High School: Emerald Ridge
  • Hometown: Puyallup, WA
  • College Attending: Undecided
  • Degree Pursuing: Biology
  • Years at PSVBA: 3

Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • Going to nationals my 16s year while playing for Puget sound.

Non-Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • Becoming a first-generation college student and making my parents proud.

Advice for younger players

I would tell them to be confident in themselves even if they must fake it because it will eventually feel natural. Also always have fun!

Noelle White

About Me

I’m inspired by my high school volleyball coach Loni, inspires me the most. She has been through so much and still pushes herself to give 100% with everything she does.  Something about me that most people don’t know is I want to travel around the world and help others in need.  In 5 years, I hope to be working as a nurse, either doing travel nursing or labor and delivery.  I’d like to thank my family.  My parents have done so much to make volleyball happen for me. My family has always been my biggest supporters.

  • High School: Graham Kapowsin
  • Hometown: Puyallup, WA
  • College Attending: Grand Canyon University
  • Degree Pursuing: Nursing
  • Years at PSVBA: 3

Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • Winning state with my high school volleyball team my senior year.

Non-Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • Graduating with my Associate Degree by the end of high school.

My most memorable volleyball moments:

  • Every single state championship tournament with my high school team.
  • And nationals with my club team.


Inspirational Quote: You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” -Serena Williams

  • Motivational or Inspirational Song: I bet you won’t – Level
  • Color: Blue

Advice for younger players

Have fun while it lasts!


Bailey Johnson

About Me

My family inspires me the most because they always push me to my fullest extent and are my biggest supporters.  Something special about me that many people don’t know is that I’m graduating with my aa in pre nursing!  I see myself being a nurse and helping others around me! I also hope to be married and start a family of my own.  I would like to thank Bobby and Jill for supporting me throughout my high school volleyball career and through this past year of club. They always guided me on the right path and helped me regain the love for the game that I had lost. I would also like to thank my family for the constant support through the best years of my life!  My most memorable volleyball moments are going to Nationals and making new friendships that I’ll cherish forever!

  • High School: Emerald Ridge
  • Hometown: Puyallup
  • College Attending: Undecided
  • Degree Pursuing: Nursing
  • Years at PSVBA: 4

Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • All Tournament Team (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1st Team All-League
  • All-State Team

Non-Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • Associates Degree in Pre-Nursing
  • Dean’s List
  • CNA License


Inspirational Quote: “I am more than the thoughts in my head” by unknown

  • Song: ALL Music!
  • Color: Pink

Advice I would give to younger players


Make sure your mindset comes before anything.  Don’t let someone ruin the sport you love the most!  Always remember why you fell in love with the sport and never forget those moments!

Krista Traynor

Inspirational Quote: “Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You’re better than you think” -T. Harv Eker

About Me

I’m inspired by my teammates, it’s inspiring to see how hard they work in practice and during games. They also motivate me to be a better person and player with their energy and encouragement.  My favorite colors are blue and purple.  Something about me that most people don’t know is I danced for 10 years and player soccer for 8 years.  Winning a Bid to Nationals and beating the top ranked Dakine 18s team are some of my most memorable volleyball moments.  In 5 years I see myself in college getting my masters.  I want to thank my parents, teammates, & coaches at PSVBA for their support in my school/club volleyball career!

  • High School: Seattle Christian
  • Hometown: Tukwila
  • College Attending: Colorado Christian University
  • Degree Pursuing: Kinesiology
  • Years at PSVBA: 2

Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • All-League MVP

Non-Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • Class Valedictorian

Advice for younger players:

Don’t take moments with your team for granted, it’ll be over sooner than you think.


Annalise Scheerer

Annalise’s Volleyball Profile

  • High School: Emerald Ridge
  • Hometown: Puyallup, WA
  • University Committed: Carroll College
  • Degree Pursuing: Nursing

Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • Most Inspirational (ERHS)
  • Most Improved Player (ERHS)
  • Sportsmanship award for high school

Non-Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • Top 20 Senior for my high school
  • Vice President of National honor society
  • Senior class secretary

My Favorites:

  • Memorable Moment: Winning SPSL league championship senior season!
  • Inspirational Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it’s the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill
  • Motivational Song: Party in the USA -Miley Cyrus
  • Favorite color: Blue

I’m inspired by my mom because she is dedicated and overflows with compassion and patience with everyone she works with or is around. She pushes me to be the best version of myself and reminds me daily of what I need to be grounded in. She pushes me to pursue my faith daily and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. I love you mom!

Something most people don’t know about me is I really love to make art, especially pottery and painting, but I don’t do it very often because I don’t have a lot of time. When I do have time though, it brings me a lot of joy and peace.

In five (5) years I see myself working in a hospital as a labor and delivery nurse, while working to get my master’s degree as a nurse practitioner. I hope to have my own apartment and to have a dog, specifically a golden retriever 🙂

My advice to any younger player is to work to be the best person and have the best attitude that you can in whatever role you are placed in. Whether it is on the court or on the bench, have a great attitude, encourage your teammates, and respect your coaches. One of the best things about volleyball is your teammates, so walk into the gym every day with the mindset that you are going to be the best teammate. You can only control what you can control, and being a good teammate is one of those things, so make a positive impact and create a good culture. This will get you more respect from your teammates and coaches then being the “star athlete.” Your coaches will notice a player being positive and impactful over one that is not, so be the noticeable one.

I want to first thank my parents. They have invested so much time and money into my volleyball career and experience, so I couldn’t have done it without them. They have loved and supported me through this journey that started 6 years ago, and they continue to love and support everything I am doing as a move onto the next stage of my career and life in college. I want to thank all of my coaches that I have had because everyone has grown me in such different areas whether it be volleyball or life skills. I want to specifically thank Coach Kasey Yost, who I started my volleyball journey with, because he instilled in me my passion and love for the sport and I wouldn’t be pursuing college ball without his influence on me. Also, I want to specifically thank Coach Bobby and Jill for investing in me and coaching me the past 3 years at ER and also my last year at Puget Sound. I have learned so much from them, and I wouldn’t be pursuing my dreams of college volleyball without their support and help along the way. Lastly, I want to thank all of my teammates throughout my whole career. The relationships I have and everyone I have met along the way have taught me so much. I am forever grateful for all of the memories that have come from playing over my career, and specifically this past season at puget sound, with my teammates. I have had so much fun this season and I am going to miss everyone so much!


Sydney Locke

Sydney’s Volleyball Profile

  • High School: Decatur High School
  • Hometown: Federal Way, WA
  • University Committed: Willamette University
  • Degree Pursuing: Exercise Science

Volleyball Accomplishments: Seeing my growth as not just a player but also an individual throughout the past 4 years

Non-Volleyball Accomplishments: Maintaining a 3.7 GPA and Highline Community College.

My Favorites:

Memorable Moment: Travel tournaments!

Inspirational Quote: “When life gets you down, all you got to do is just keep swimming” -Dory

Motivational Song: Where is the love? By black eyed peas

Favorite color: Sage green

I’m inspired by my Mom!

Something most people don’t know about me is I love animals and the outdoors

In five (5) years I see myself continuing schooling at a chiropractic college.

Some advice I’d give to younger players is reach out to college coaches the earliest you can!

I would like to thank my coaches over the past few years at Puget Sound, for the support and most of all being patient with me. As I started off volleyball my 15s year I felt like I was behind lots of other played with knowledge and skills. While my coaches had patience with me, I have build up those skills and am now continuing my love for volleyball in college!

Gabrielle Thomas

Elle’s Volleyball Profile

  • High School:  White River
  • Hometown: Buckley, WA
  • University Attending: Pacific Lutheran University
  • Degree Pursuing: Nursing

Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • SPSL 1st Team All League 2019, 2020, 2021
  • 1st Team All Area 2021
  • All State Honorable Mention 2021
  • 2021 All State Game
  • 2021 Tacoma Athletic Commission Fall Athlete of the Year

Non-Volleyball Accomplishments:  100+ hours volunteering for MultiCare

My most memorable volleyball moments are competing at nationals in 2019,2021, and 2022

My Favorite Inspirational Quote: “Don’t Suck”- Brian Embery

My Favorite motivational inspirational song: Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver

My favorite color: dark green

I’m inspired by my mom because of how much she cares for people and goes out of her way to make them happy. Anyone who knows her knows how much she loves to give and I hope to one day be as generous as her.

Something about me that most people don’t know is when my mom was a kid, she competed in the Junior Olympics as a synchronized swimmer, so whenever we go on vacation and there is a pool, I always try to mirror her talents, and absolute fail every time.

In 5 years I see myself in grad school earning my certification to be a nurse practitioner.

Some advice I’d like to give younger players is “Never stop playing for your teammates, those people will be some of the best you ever meet!

I would like to thank my parents for supporting me most through this journey. Not only have they financially supported me, but I do not remember a single time where neither of them were at one of my games. Even if the truck broke down on the side of the road (true story) they both still showed up.