Six talented high school seniors make up the 2014 recruiting class for volleyball at Western Washington University.
The recruits include setter Brette Boesel from Brewster High School, defensive specialist Aubrey Buckner from Colville High School, middle blocker Michaela Hall from Centralia High School, middle blocker Kayleigh Harper from Oak Harbor High School, outside hitter Taylor Lyall from Sehome High School, and setter/outside hitter Abby Phelps from Chelan High School.
"The 2014 class has great balance throughout," Viking head coach Diane Flick said in a phone interview. "It is balanced positionally, behaviorally, and competitively. They are not only great athletes, but also excellent students. I am really excited to see where they take this program."
Boesel was a four-time Caribou Trail League all-star at Brewster, being a first-team choice in each of her last three years. She helped the Bears place sixth at the Class 2B state tournament as a sophomore and seventh as a freshman.
As we look for setters, we evaluate them for their technique, tactics and leadership," Flick said. "Brette checks all those boxes and more. We anticipate her being a great floor leader, and a solid hub of our offense."
Buckner was a first-team Class 2A state all-tournament selection and Great Northern League Most Valuable Player as a senior at Colville. She helped the Indians place ninth at state, setting a school season record for kills with 459.
"I have always been impressed with Aubrey's nose for the ball, and really enjoyed working with her at camp," said Flick. "Her work ethic and determination is evident in the fact that she blew out her knee during her junior year and fought back to be MVP her senior year. Nothing short of impressive!"