Northwest Christian University women’s volleyball head coach Mike Gaffaney has released the Beacon’s 2013 recruiting class. The incomers are freshmen Emma Thompson (Klamath Falls) and Cassidy Winters (Gresham).
Thompson: a 5’10” middle blocker from Hosanna Christian Academy had a incredible prep career before signing with the Beacons. She guided the Lions to two appearances in the Oregon State Championship Tournament.
Thompson, according to the NCU athletics website, was a three-time All-Mountain View League honoree and earned League MVP during her junior and senior seasons.
Her height and length make her a great middle blocker. Her quick lateral movement and play style make her a good fit for the Beacons and can contribute immensely.
[gn_quote style=”1″]“Emma is part of a family deeply rooted in the sport of volleyball. Because of that influence her knowledge and understanding of the game is superb. Her approach to the game really sets her apart. She plays the game on-balance, which allows her to maximize her athleticism. She moves around the court well and has tremendous potential. We are excited to see Emma develop and feel she is a perfect fit to our style and brand of volleyball at NCU.” – Gaffaney via NCU’s athletic website[/gn_quote]
Winters: another signing middle blocker, it seems pretty clear what the emphasis was for the Beacons this offseason.
Winters stands at an impressive 5’11” and finished off an impressive prep career at Barlow High School. Winters earned first-team All-Mt. Hood Conference accolades her senior season.
It’s uncertain who will get more time, Winters or Thompson, but both can help contribute right away.
[gn_quote style=”1″]“Cassidy is an exciting addition to our 2013 roster. She epitomizes the type of student-athlete who will find success at NCU and we are very excited to have her involved. She is strong and poised on the court and adds a lot of value to our team both offensively and defensively. Cassidy is incredibly competitive and has the determination and persistence in her approach toward how she plays the game. She is primarily a Middle Blocker but because of her athleticism and high volleyball IQ she can play any position at the net. I expect Cassidy to make a big impact early in her collegiate career and look forward to watching her growth.” – Gaffaney via NCU’s athletic website[/gn_quote]