SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University volleyball coach Kati Bodecker recently announced a large incoming class for the 2019 season. Large in numbers and large in height.
After having only two players listed at six feet on her roster over her first six seasons, Bodecker has recruited four athletes in her five-player class who stand six feet tall.
"We are bringing in five talented and experienced athletes who will immediately elevate our program with their level of skill," Bodecker said. "They represent everything our program is about. They are strong, competitive, and team-oriented individuals who are looking to build on our winning traditions."
Joelle Forbes is a setter from Naches Valley High School in Naches, Washington. Listed at 6'-2", Forbes will be the tallest setter in Whitworth history. She started for four years at Naches Valley, earning All-South Central Athletic Conference honors each season, including first team recognition as a junior and senior. The Rangers qualified for the state tournament each of her four seasons, finishing as high as seventh place in 2016 and 2017. Forbes played her club volleyball with Team Yakima and Shockwave VBC. An outstanding student, Forbes graduates as class Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. She served as ASB president during her senior year of high school.
Jordyn Foxen is a 6'-1" middle hitter from Stanwood, Washington. She starred at Stanwood High School and helped lead the Spartans to an 11th place finish at the WIAA 3A Tournament last fall. She claimed the team's Sportsmanship Award in 2018 and the Coaches Award in 2015. Foxen most recently played her club volleyball with Skagit Island Volleyball Academy (SIVA), for whom she was recognized as the Most Inspirational Player in 2016-17. She is a National Honor Society Member who plans to study neuroscience and biology.
|Joelle Forbes||Jordyn Foxen|
Eva Millan is a 5'-7" outside hitter from Clarkston (Wash.) High School. A four-year starter for the Bantams, Millan earned second team All-WIAA 2A honors and Great Northern League MVP recognition as a senior. She is a two-time first team All-Great Northern League selection as a junior and senior as well. She served as Clarkston's team captain her final two years and was selected as the Bantam's Player of the Year both seasons. Millan most recently played club volleyball for Prodigy, earning four tournament championships with that squad in 2018. She will graduate this year with a 4.0 GPA and as a Valedictorian. She is a National Honor Society member who plans to study education and go into coaching.
Laura Stricker is a 6-0 middle from Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado. A two-year starter for the Coyotes, she helped Monarch qualify for the regional playoffs in 2018. She led the Coyotes in blocks and hitting percentage as a junior and senior and ranked fifth at the 5A level in blocks in 2017. She claimed honorable mention All-Front Range honors each of her two years and was a first team Academic All-State honoree in 2017 and 2018. Stricker most recently played club volleyball with Sporting Club Boulder. She will graduate as one of Monarch's Valedictorians with a 4.0 GPA. Stricker plans to study biophysics with an emphasis on a pre-medicine degree.
Abigail Wolverton is a 6'-0" right-side hitter from Rampart High School is Colorado Springs, Colorado. She played three seasons of varsity volleyball for the Rams, earning the team's Most Improved award as a sophomore and its Most Valuable Player award as a senior. She helped lead Rampart to a Metro League title in 2018. She was also the MVP of the junior varsity team as a freshman. Wolverton claimed first team Academic All-State recognition in 2017. She played club volleyball for the Colorado Juniors for two years. She is a National Honor Society member who plans to study science or theology at Whitworth.
|Eva Millan||Laura Stricker||Abigail Wolverton|
The incoming class for 2019 will join a squad that went 19-8 overall and 13-3 in the Northwest Conference last season, just missing a share of the conference title and a chance to play in the NCAA Division III tournament. The Pirates return several key pieces of that team.
Whitworth will open the 2019 season on August 30th against Carthage College and Whittier College at the Southwestern University Invitational in Georgetown, Texas.