Volleyball Announces 2017 Recruiting Class

March 15, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University head volleyball coach Diane Flick-Williams has announced the addition of five student-athletes to for the 2017 season.

The class is composed of two middle blockers, one outside hitter, one opposite and one defensive specialist/libero. All five players are from the state of Washington and will join the nationally-prominent WWU volleyball program this fall for the 2017 season.

WWU VOLLEYBALL 2017 RECRUITING CLASS

Name

Position

Height

Hometown

High School

Chloe Biscup

Middle Blocker

6-0

Duvall, WA

Cedar Park Christian

Tess Biscup

Opposite

5-10

Duvall, WA

Cedar Park Christian

Amanda Chan

Defensive Specialist/Libero

5-7

Spokane, WA

Mead

Olivia Fairchild

Middle Blocker

6-2

Olympia, WA

North Thurston

Gabby Gunterman

Outside Hitter

5-10

Lake Stevens, WA

Lake Stevens

“I am really excited about the class of 2017. They are mighty weapons at each of their respective positions,” said Flick-Williams, who enters her 18th season leading the program. “They are great students academically and of the game, and as with every Viking volleyball student-athlete, they are quality people! I anticipate their impact on the program to be great and they have the foundation to take us to new heights.”

CHLOE BISCUP Duvall, WA (Cedar Park Christian)
Dynamic middle blocker who was a four-year starter during her prep career at Cedar Park Christian…team captain senior year…twin sister of WWU signee Tess Biscup…also played two seasons of basketball and one year on the Track & Field team…helped lead Cedar Park Christian to the state playoffs all season, placing 2nd as a junior, 3rd as a sophomore, 5th as a senior and 6th as a freshman…during senior year at state tournament recorded 40 kills in the four matches…recorded career .251 hitting percentage, with a .309 mark as a senior…831 career kills with 270 during senior season…set Cedar Park Christian all-time record with 238 career blocks…two-time First Team All-Cascade Conference selection (junior and senior years)…named to the Everett Herald All-Area second team in 2016…played club volleyball for All Out, WVBA and Seattle Juniors…interested in pursuing an elementary education degree at WWU.

Why excites her about joining the WWU program:
“EVERYTHING! I am beyond excited to be able to be part of this amazing family and compete hard in such a great environment.”

Quotable from Coach Flick-Williams:
“Chloe will be a great offensive and defensive presence in the middle. She is quick laterally and has a real fast arm that makes you wonder where it came from.  Her presence on the court is calm, yet demanding…focused, yet enthusiastic. She is the kind of player that people want to play with and elevated those around her.”

TESS BISCUP Duvall, WA (Cedar Park Christian)
Athletic opposite hitter who earned four varsity letters in volleyball at Cedar Park Christian…also played three years of basketball and one year on the Track & Field team…twin sister of WWU signee Chloe Biscup…started every match of her prep career (375 sets) totaling 622 kills, 177 blocks (30 solo) and 136 aces…helped lead Cedar Park Christian to the 1A state playoffs each season, placing 2nd as a junior, 3rd as a sophomore, 5th as a senior and 6th as a freshman…was an All-Cascade Conference selection all four years…State 1A All-Tournament second-team as a senior…played club volleyball for All Out, Sudden Impact, WVBA and Seattle Juniors…interested in majoring in business management at WWU.

Why she chose WWU:
“What excites me most about joining the WWU volleyball program is not only the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love, but to do so in such an amazing, family-oriented environment with a team and coaching staff that have a great history of competition and success.”

Quotable from Coach Flick-Williams:
“Tess’s athleticism and ability to learn are the exact tools she needs to be very good. She is newer to the game since she has focused mostly on basketball, but the transfer of skills with ball awareness, foot speed and aggressiveness are a coach’s dream to work with. She has already improved a lot through the club season and I see nothing but a bright future for Tess in this environment.”

AMANDA CHAN Spokane, WA (Mead High School)
Defensive specialist out of Spokane’s Mead High School…three-year varsity letterwinner in volleyball and basketball…also competed all four years in Track & Field and was the 2016 4A state high jump champion clearing 5’6”…first-team All-Greater Spokane League as a senior in volleyball…posted 231 kills and 277 digs while starting all 28 matches as a senior…helped lead Mead to a 25-2 record as a senior and a runner-up finish in the state championship…played club for Cats Volleyball Club and Rivals in Spokane.

Why she chose WWU:
“I am excited to start a new chapter in my volleyball career and play with a new team and bond with the players.”

Quotable from Coach Flick-Williams:
“Talk about a smooth ball handler…Amanda is it. She is so comfortable with the ball she could probably do anything with it except bring it back to life. She is going to be a deadly weapon for us at the DS position as she can not only control first ball contacts, but also strike aggressively as a back row hitter. Amanda’s state championship in the high jump shows that she can also soar.”

OLIVIA FAIRCHILD Olympia, WA (North Thurston High School)
Middle blocker out of Olympia’s North Thurston High School…three-year varsity letterwinner and two-time team captain…three-time 3A all-conference selection…tallied 523 kills and 195 blocks during her prep career…started all matches sophomore through senior seasons…The Olympian’s 2016 All-Area selection and all South Sound Conference first-team with 187 kills, 57 blocks and 20 aces …earned the state tournament sportsmanship as a sophomore (2014) and senior (2016)…played club volleyball for Puget Sound Volleyball Academy and Capital Ice…interested in pursuing a degree in environmental science or kinesiology.

Why she chose WWU:
"I felt like I fit right in and the family aspect is so strong in the program, and it already felt like a home away from home. Plus the program is amazing!"

Quotable from Coach Flick-Williams:
“Olivia is a long, lanky middle who can jump and frustrate teams with the amount of ground she can cover. She will patrol the net with authority and be an offensive weapon continuing  our long line of offense threats in the middle. Also, she brings a passion for the game that will be infectious with her teammates.”

GABBY GUNTERMAN Lake Stevens, WA (Lake Stevens High School)
Outside hitter who was named the Everett Herald  2016 Player of the Year…four-year varsity letterwinner out of Lake Stevens High Scholl…two-time team captain as a junior and senior…also competed one year in Track & Field…played club volleyball for Lake VBC and Seattle Juniors…during prep career totaled 884 kills with a .280 hitting percentage…also recorded 150 blocks, 311 digs and 91 aces…during senior season averaged 4.8 kills per set (390 total kills) with a .351 hitting percentage…helped lead Lake Stevens to a 14-0 WESCO 4A record during her senior season and an 8th-place finish at the WIAA State Tournament…three-time WESCO first-team selection…WIAA Sportsmanship Award…MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week for Sept. 19-25, 2016…interested in pursuing a degree in English at WWU.

Why she chose WWU:
“I am so incredibly excited to come to Western and learn more about my favorite game…and have fun during the process.”

Quotable from Coach Flick-Williams:
“A great way to describe Gabby is fire and ice. She’s got a live arm that brings the heat at the net, and when she handling the ball, she is cool as a cucumber. She is a 6-rotation player who can quickly develop into a premier outside hitter.”



The Vikings are coming off another strong season in 2016, going 23-8 and advancing to the NCAA II West Regional Championship for the second consecutive season. WWU finished the season ranked No. 14 in the nation in the AVCA Division II, the fourth-highest in program history trailing only the 2007 season (#2), 2015 (#6) and 2003 (#9). WWU has advanced to the NCAA Championships each of the last five seasons, compiling a 118-29 (.803) record during that span.

 

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