Liz Lord was a three-year varsity volleyball player for Coach Dan Glenn's Newport Harbor High girls' team from 1999 through 2001.
Her teammates included April Ross, Heather Cullen, Brenda Waterman and Alyson Jennings, as well as Katie King and Taylor Govaars. Lord was a member of the 1999 state championship team and an All-Sea View League performer on the 2001 CIF section finalist team as an extremely competitive middle blocker who was exceptional attacking off of one foot. She accepted a full volleyball scholarship to the University of Portland where she competed for four years and graduated with a degree in organizational communication. After graduation, Liz stayed in Portland where she was employed by a marketing firm.
Earlier this year, Liz started getting sick on a daily basis. After numerous trips to the doctor, the diagnosis was still a mystery. In mid-March, on her way home from yet another diagnosis, she went into a coma and spent a week in intensive care at the Oregon Health and Science University. While in ICU, they found a glioblastoma brain tumor which is inoperable and incurable. She is starting treatment in hopes of controlling the tumor growth through radiation and chemotherapy.