Nov. 17, 2018 — Come next fall, Siuslaw High School volleyball all-leaguer and senior Makenzie York will begin run-ning with the Wolves of Western Oregon University. After contemplating offers from several different colleges, York made it official during a special signing ceremony this past Wednesday in the presence of family and friends.
York, a 6-foot-tall middle blocker who led the Lady Vikings in kills and blocks, received her fourth consecutive First-Team All-League honor this past season. Her performance got the attention of WOU coach Tommy Gott, who recruited York to join the Wolf Pack.
Though Gott’s contract as head coach wasn't renewed at the end of last season, York’s mom, Wendy, said she still wanted to sign with the school because it offered a diverse list of educational opportunities.
“Western Oregon offers programs in graphic design and teaching, and she’s interested in both,” said Wendy. “Makenzie is still excited to play for WOU’s volleyball program and meet whoever the new coach is.”
York’s explosive play offensively and defensively during her four years on the court for the Vikings inspired the chant “Mak Attack” from the student section — a chant that will likely follow York to the Wolves’ den and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, where she won’t be the only Siuslaw alumni competing on the court.
Elyssa Rose, a 2017 graduate and past league all-star, is currently a sophomore at Concordia University.
That means the two will be competing in the same conference in the fall.
York and Rose played together for two seasons on the Vikings between 2016 and 2017.
Though York has a particular interest in graphic design, “she wants to take different classes to decided what interests her the most.”