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Linn-Benton’s Shalyn Gray (12) celebrates with her teammates. The Roadrunners won their first NWAC championship on Nov. 21.

Shalyn Gray was outstanding on the volleyball court during the fall of 2021.

The 5-foot-8 freshman outside hitter, a former South Umpqua High School standout, led Linn-Benton of Albany to its first Northwest Athletic Conference tournament title in late November at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington.

The Roadrunners (32-2) defeated Skagit Valley in four sets for the championship, capping a 6-0 record in the tournament.

Linn-Benton, coached by Jayme Frazier, ended the season with a 25-match winning streak. The Roadrunners went unbeaten in South Region play, going 16-0.

Gray was selected the Baden Player of the Year in the NWAC after being voted the MVP in the South Region. Gray was one of 15 players from around the country at two-year colleges honored as a AVCA first-team All-American.

Gray finished with 287 kills on the season, with a hitting percentage of .287. She had 301 digs, 34 service aces and 22 blocks. Gray was the only player in the NWAC to get over 200 kills and 300 digs for the season.

Tom Eggers can be reached at teggers@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4220.

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Tom Eggers is the sports editor for The News-Review. He can be reached at teggers@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4220.

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