UMW News BureauUniversity of Montana Western Bulldogs head volleyball coach Lisa Griffiths announced the signing of Mikayla Ness to a Frontier Conference/NAIA Letter of Intent. Ness is an outside hitter/rightside from Central Valley High School in Spokane, Wash. By Lowell Peterson University of Montana Western Bulldogs head volleyball coach Lisa Griffiths announced the signing of Mikayla Ness to a Frontier Conference/NAIA Letter of Intent. Ness is an outside hitter/rightside from Central Valley High School in Spokane, Wash. “Mikayla is a great addition for Montana Western volleyball,” Griffiths said. “She has the ability to immediately raise the level of play in the gym and her experience playing high level club volleyball will help her transition to the college game.” Ness played four years of volleyball and track and field at Central Valley and earned three varsity letters in both sports. She was second team all Greater Spokane League her junior year and first team her senior year. Ness led the Central Valley volleyball team to its first ever regional appearance in her junior year and to the team’s first state appearance her senior year. The Club U16 team Ness played on competed in the Junior National Volleyball championships. Ness also excelled in the classroom. She was on the honor roll and was an Honor Society member all four years in high school. She is the daughter of Mark and Denise Ness and plans to major in biology with a molecular bioscience option at Montana Western. “I chose Montana Western because it has the college atmosphere that I was looking for while still having small class sizes,” Ness said. “I am looking to go into the medical field so I feel that the biology program will prepare me very well.” Ness was also impressed by her future volleyball teammates and head coach Griffiths on her visit to Montana Western. “The girls were all so inviting and I am extremely excited to play with them and for Coach Griffiths,” Ness said.