MCC Volleyball: Pioneers announce 2 new recruits

A pair of stellar prep players will suit up in Pioneer blue for Head Volleyball Coach Chase Soennichsen as Miles Community College revives its program this season after a multi-year break.

McKenzie Jessop, an outside hitter from Corvallis High School, and Ceeara Staiger of Dawson County High School, have signed national letters of intent to play at MCC.

The Pioneers begin play next month.

Their home opener is on Wednesday, Aug. 23 against Williston State at the Centra in Miles City.

Jessop is a proven winner on the volleyball court, a featured member of a Corvallis team that won divisional championships in 2014 and 2015.

As a senior, Jessop amassed 21 blocks, 350 digs, 126 kills and 29 aces on a team that finished fifith in the Montana state tournament.

Jessop said her road to medical school will begin at Miles City.

“I chose MCC as my college so I can pursue my love of volleyball and I can continue my education on the road to medical school,” Jessop said.

“MCC appeals to me because of academics, athletics, and staff.”

Staiger is a recent graduate of Dawson County High School in nearby Glendive.

According to an MCC news release, Staiger is a 5’-9’’ “all-around player” who played volleyball for four years in high school.

The news release said she had “a great senior campaign” on the volleyball court and an even better year on the tennis courts, where she won the 2017 Montana Girls State Tennis Championship.

Steiger, the daughter of Scott and Tami Staiger, said that academics figured heavily in her decision to attend MCC.

“I chose Miles Community College because of their nursing program,” she said in the news release.