Lindsey Dorsey is the loudest person in the gym. A gym filled with screaming fans and loud music during one of Concordia University's volleyball matches has nothing on her.
"I'm an energetic person and I'm okay with it," said Dorsey, a 2014 graduate of Sprague High School. Dorsey's volume hasn't been the only thing that has made her stand out in her time in Portland.
The 5-foot-10 right side hitter leads Concordia in kills again and is living up to every bit of the all-American status she earned as a freshman.
"She's a great team player," Concordia coach Melanie Hambleton said. "The kids love her. She's just a go-to kind of a kid and has a great sense of humor and is enjoyed by her teammates. She's a good little get for us. We're happy to have her."
Dorsey missed the club season of volleyball – from which most players get recruited – in her junior year at Sprague.
There weren't a ton of colleges banging down her door with scholarship offers, and Concordia (9-2)was fortunate to land her.
"It's definitely been fun," the exercise sports science major said. "The group of girls we have this year are amazing. Both on and off the court we've been such a family and it's been a fun group together.
"Coming in, I'm a really energetic person, I was a little nervous about that thinking they were going to be like what the heck is this girl doing. They were really supportive of it and we all caught on to each other and I think we bring a lot of energy to the court, and that's one of the biggest thing."
Dorsey is a constant force on the court and hits with power and precision in hitting that few players possess.
But prior to her freshman season at Concordia, Dorsey had talks with coach Melanie Hambleton about redshirting.
"There just wasn't really a starting spot for me," Dorsey said. "I started playing in preseason last year and she came up to me during daily doubles and she was like you're going to start on Friday night.
"I just remember being so happy and really shocked. I just tried my best and then game time came along. It was definitely breathtaking. I didn't expect that as a freshman."
As she has done many times in her career, once Dorsey got on the court she made her presence felt.
She led Concordia with 350 kills and had 145 digs and 60 blocks. Dorsey was chosen the Cascade Collegiate Conference Freshman of the Year, first-team all-CCC and honorable mention NAIA All-American.
"She just was getting a lot of kills for us," Hambleton said. "She was one of our go-to hitters and that was huge for us. That's what created that all-American that she was for us. Just being dependable, hitting in the front row, hit at a high percentage. She did great last year for us. She was a definite go-to player for us."
Dorsey also competed in track and field at Concordia as a freshman, placing eighth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference in the long jump, ninth in the high jump and 10th in the triple jump.
Concordia is in the process of transitioning to NCAA Division II from NAIA.
The Cavaliers won their first nine games at the Division II level and have continued the success they had at the NAIA level.
Dorsey said that one of the big changes is that the team doesn't drive to road matches anymore and instead flies, like it did when it played in the NAIA national tournament last year.
She liked travelling to Lake Michigan and looks forward to playing in Alaska later this season.
But Concordia isn't eligible to compete in the NCAA postseason for two years, though Concordia can play in the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament in December.
"The D2 level is just, I don't know, it's a little bit more intense," Dorsey said. "A little bit bigger block on me. I just have to work around it and get through it and with my team and the new plays that we're putting together, I feel like we have a good future ahead of us."
What has been as impactful for Concordia as Dorsey's play is her attitude.
Her spirit makes it hard for those around her to be anything but happy.
"Energy is definitely contagious so I feel that if I'm up and yelling for my teammates they're going to do the same for me," Dorsey said. "I'm going to tell you, when teams are really energetic, it's definitely intimidating."