Manco’s senior goes to Graceland University
Just days after writing the final lines of her Mancos volleyball career, Bluejay elder Shelby Jabour put pen to paper to begin a new chapter in her post-secondary pursuits.
With a vision to take her passion for volleyball to the next level, Jabour signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic pursuits at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.
Jabour, the anchor figure of the Mancos backline, enjoyed her best season as a Bluejay as her team reached new heights in the 2022 campaign.
Mancos, under sophomore head coach Brianna Yeomans-Allison, enjoyed the program’s best season since 2011, recording 18 wins, a top-three finish in the league and a 2A place finish in regional tournaments.
Jabour played a prominent role in that success, earning All-San Juan Basin League first-team honor after leading the Bluejays in serve aces, digs and serves received.
Volleyball is her most passionate pursuit across several different sporting endeavors and has been a part of Jabour’s life since elementary school. She learned the basics in the recreational leagues before becoming more competitive in middle and high school.
Jabour played Chase year-round, played for the Four Corners Volleyball Club, and began warming to the idea of post-secondary volleyball during their junior seasons.
Her high-level energy and leadership, coupled with strong academic acumen – Jabour’s GPA is over 4.0 at MHS – seem to prepare her to face the rigors of the next level.
Graceland University competes in the Heart of America Conference against schools across the Great Plains. The Yellowjackets are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, having recently completed their 31-game regular season in one of the largest conferences in the country.
Graceland, based in southern Iowa, has about 1,400 enrolled students — and Jabour will remain in a small town where Lamoni has about 2,000 residents.
Jabour is pursuing a degree in Health and Exercise Sciences, which would help her pursue her passion of collaborating with other athletes in the field of physical therapy.
She joins teammate Junior Teya Yeomans for the SJBL’s highest honor as a first-teamer, while Jabour’s classmate Jessie Wallace picked up a second-team selection. A motivated senior class is leaving the Mancos program with a new trajectory and looking to compete at the highest level for years to come.