LEWISTON - Lewis-Clark State Warrior Volleyball will benefit from the addition of defensive specialist Kendzee Cloward heading into the 2020 season. Head Coach Shaun Pohlman announced the signing of the Laramie County Community College transfer on Wednesday.
“Ever since Kendzee committed to us, I could not imagine our team without her,” Pohlman said. “In just a single conversation, our visions aligned perfectly and we were ready to stand beside each other in battle. She has already made a strong, positive impression with our returners, and I know she will do the same with her presence on the court.”
In her two years at Laramie County CC, Cloward helped the Eagles to a regional championship and a ninth-place finish at NJCAA Nationals. As a sophomore, she collected over 500 digs and tallied 32 service aces.
“At LCCC, we are so pleased to see Kendzee joining Coach Pohlman at Lewis-Clark State,” Laramie County CC coach Keri Coats said. “I’ve known Coach Pohlman for a long time and after coaching Kendzee this fall, I knew instantly that she would be a great fit for LCSC. Coach Pohlman works hard to train his team on and off the court. Kendzee’s ability to work hard in both training and building relationships will make her a great asset to the program. She leaves LCCC as a team captain with a top-five spot in the school record book for digs per match and will be very difficult for us to replace. Kendzee is a genuine teammate and will do great things for the culture of her new program at LCSC.”
“I know the coach at ‘L-trip’ (Laramie County CC) very well,” Pohlman explained. “She is a strong leader of women, has been part of multiple national championship teams as a player and as a coach at the junior college level, and we have had deep conversations in the past in regards to the direction of the type of team and program we want to run. Coming from L-trip, I know Kendzee has what it takes physically and mentally to contribute to our team on and off the court. She understands what it means to earn her way and is a consistent, low-maintenance grinder that is going to show up to practice each and every day with a grateful heart that she gets to be out there sweating on the court.”
Cloward is a three-time regional champion and 6A All-State performer from Bingham High School. As a senior she was voted Libero of the Year and was an all-region selection all four years.
“I have always been interested in LC State and jumped at the opportunity to play for this program,” Cloward said. “Everything felt right and made me feel like I was meant to be a Warrior. I felt as though I could contribute to the team, but also better myself as not only a player but an individual at LCSC.”