College volleyball: Canby alum Garyn Schlatter closes career at Portland State
The standout setter becomes the first Big Sky Conference player to earn first-team all-league honors four times.
The kill by Idaho States Alydia Fields-Grimm that halted the Portland State volleyball teams season in the Big Sky Conference tournament finals also brought Garyn Schlatters career to an end.
And what an illustrious career it was.
The former Canby High School star became one of the most decorated setters in Vikings history, joining the record books in a variety of categories as she carried the program through an era of sustained success.
She makes things look easy, but she's come a long way since she came here, PSU coach Michael Seemann said in a news release. She had to learn to be a setter. She had to figure that out, understanding what her teammates need. She's very smart and determined.
Schlatter was one of just five Division I players in the nation this season to have career totals of at least 3,000 assists, 800 digs and 500 kills. With more than 4,400 career assists in her four years, she ranks third all-time at Portland State.
Thanks in part to the efforts of Schlatter, the Vikings finished their year with a 21-11 record and their sixth trip to the conference tournament title match in seven years.
The daughter of current Canby volleyball coach Terri Jo Schlatter, who also played at Portland State, she recently completed her senior season with 1,219 assists to go along with 120 kills and one of the teams best attack percentages (.307).
Schlatter also recorded 225 digs, 87 blocks and 33 aces in 113 sets played.
A testament to her consistency and reliability, she leaves PSU with the most sets played (459) and matches played (123) since the program joined Division I in 1996. Perhaps even more impressive, she is the only volleyball player in Big Sky Conference history to receive first-team all-league honors four times.
And to think Schlatter was hesitant, at least initially, to pursue volleyball.
Her mother had excelled in the sport, first at Yoncalla High School, then at Clackamas Community College, then at Portland State.
Known then as Terri Jo Kelly, her mother helped the Vikings win a Division II national championship in 1984 and earned all-conference honors as a senior middle blocker.
Schlatters mom also served as an assistant coach at PSU through 1993.
Id been around volleyball when I was really little because mom coached at PSU and she coached a club team, but she never pushed me, the younger Schlatter said. If I wanted to, fine. At first I thought, Im not going to do volleyball. Im not going to do what she did. I was wrong.