Capping off a spectacular season, PCS senior Simone Gordon has been signed by Concordia University to play Division II volleyball next year. Gordon’s long term commitment to the sport -- she has played volleyball with PCS since the 3rd grade -- has certainly paid off. In her early years, she learned the fundamentals of the game -- passing, setting, serving. By the time she reached the varsity level she found that “knowing the fundamentals has been ingrained in my brain. It’s helped during the season when things have gotten challenging -- I could recalibrate my mind with the fundamentals.”
Gordon, who plays middle blocker, helped lead the Lady Royals to win State this year, and was named 2A State of Oregon Player of the Year 2018. Additionally, she earned 1st Team All League in the NWL 2A, 1st Team All State Tournament 2A, Player of the Game, All State Tournament and Moda Health Award Recipient, NWL Player of the Year 2018, was listed as one of Oregon’s best middle blockers by the Oregonian (September 18, 2018), and was named Athlete of the Week by the Portland Tribune in October 2018.
Gordon lists her three passions as volleyball, theater and music – and the three interact. Music helps her on an “off” day – on the court and on the stage. “I can put on my headphones and I’m set to go for the day.” She also acknowledges the support her teachers have given her during the volleyball season. Gordon shares that during her junior and senior years, teachers would tell her it was important to do her homework and pay attention to her grades if she wanted to play volleyball in college. She followed their advice, focused on her homework, maintained her grades, and her teachers were right! Last month, thanks to a combination of athletic talent and academic success, she signed with Concordia University on a full volleyball scholarship.
Portland Christian Schools Varsity Volleyball coach Kristina Gore has coached Gordon throughout her career and joins her family and all of Portland Christian in congratulating her on this milestone. We are all so proud and wish Simone every success in the future.