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The University of Montana Western volleyball team has signed another local talent. Head coach Lisa Griffiths has announced the signing of Corvallis, Mont., senior Joanna Avery to a Frontier Conference/ NAIA letter of intent.

Joanna-Avery-UMWAvery is a 6’ 0” middle blocker out of Corvallis High School. During her senior season she helped lead the Blue Devils to an undefeated season and the Class A state championship. She earned first team all-state and all-conference honors and was voted the conference MVP. Joanna helped lead her team to the state tournament as a junior and was voted second team all-conference. Her playing experience goes beyond the borders of Montana, as she has participated at the junior nationals.

"Joanna is an excellent middle blocker who is a great fit for Montana Western," said Coach Griffiths.  "Academically she will fit in well and her controlled, disciplined style of play will help her compete immediately. Joanna is a great teammate and a hard worker who we are excited to make a bulldog."

Off the court Joanna has earned academic all-state honors and has been named to the Corvallis High School Honor Roll. She plans to study secondary education with a focus on english while attending Montana Western. She is the daughter of Mark and Anne-Marie Avery

“I chose UMW because I thought it was a perfect fit for me,” said Avery. “It has an incredible secondary education program, and I loved the team and the coach.”