Three Native Women Headed to NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship


Tiana Dockery, Lauren Schad and Alicia Ostrander will compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in Oklahoma City on December 18 and 20.

Dockery, Schad and Ostrander were selected to make up a 64-team field out of 328 D-I institutions sponsoring women’s volleyball. According to the NCAA, of the 64 teams, 32 were automatically qualified and the remaining 32 teams were selected overall. They will participate with their teams for a shot at the championship.

Dockery, Navajo, is a junior at the University of Kansas and returns to the NCAA tournament for the third time. She has been effective all season with a 2.84 kills per set average in her 14 starts, and a .289 attack average. In KU’s 3-1 win against Creighton earlier this season, she produced 15 kills, and 19 kills against Baylor in KU’s first win of the Big 12 season. The outside hitter was also named to the All-Big 12 Team on December 1.

Schad, Cheyenne River Sioux, a University of San Diego sophomore who did not play competitively until high school, helped lead USD to its best season in history last year when they defeated USC No.1 and moved up to No 2 in national polls. This will be Schad’s second NCAA tournament. This season, she produced 131 kills and is ranked 6th on her team of 17.

Ostrander, Oglala Lakota, is a middle blocker/outside and will play with the No. 14 seed, Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 64-team field. So far this season, Ostrander has produced 149 kills (4th best on the team) with an early season hitting average of .197, which increased to .292.