CCHS grad led Eastern Oregon to a second-place finish in CCC

Former Crook County High School volleyball star Casey Loper was recently recognized as the Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball player of the year.Casey Loper

Loper, a junior middle blocker at Eastern Oregon University, led her team to a 25-6 overall record, and second place in the conference.

Loper finished second in the conference in hitting percentage (.350), and kills per set (3.55), and was third in the conference in blocks with 1.07 per set.

She recorded double-digit kills in 23 of the Mountaineers' 31 matches.

Loper finished the season with 394 kills in just 865 attempts. She added 119 blocks and finished the season with 25 aces and 127 digs.

Eastern Oregon finished with a 15-3 conference record, which was good for second place in the conference behind College of Idaho. The Mountaineers were ranked in the top 10 in the final NAIA national poll, but did not qualify for the national tournament after dropping a five-set match in the conference tournament semifinals.

Joining Loper on the all conference first team was teammate Stefani Sorensen of Camas, Wash., who was second on the team in kills with 377.

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