For the Reporter
Western Washington University volleyball coach Diane Flick-Williams has announced the addition of six student-athletes, including Auburn Riverside standouts Calley Heilborn and Anna Maracich, who are set to join the program for the 2018 season.
All six players are from the Puget Sound area and will report to the Western campus in early August to start preparing for the season.
The class includes Malia Aleaga, a 5-foot-7 setter from Kennedy Catholic; 5-11 Rylee Born of Bellarmine Prep; 5-7 Tupu Lologo of Federal Way; and 5-foot-6 libero Kasey Woodruff of Curtis.
This freshman class will be joining a program that won the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship, has advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships in each of the last six seasons and has played for the West Region title in each of the last three seasons. WWU returns 11 letter-winners and five starters from last year’s squad, in addition to All-American middle blocker Kayleigh Harper returning to the court for her junior season.
The 6-1 Heilborn helped lead Auburn Riverside to four consecutive league titles and was a three-time state champion (2014, 2016-17). She was was the Gatorade State Player of the Year, the 2017 Seattle Times Player of the Year, the 2016 and 2017 Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year, and the 2017 PrepVolleyball.com All-State Player of the Year.
During her senior season Heilborn was named the 4A state tournament MVP, tallying 27 kills and 18 digs in the championship match.
She recorded 516 kills her junior season (.280 hitting pct.) and 484 kills as a senior (.301).
“Calley is a very special player who comes in with the full package: six-rotation player, great student and even better teammate,” Flick-Williams said. “Her blend of competitive drive to be better individually is well balanced with her joy for her teammates when they succeed. The best asset someone can bring is the ability to make those around them better, and Calley is the epitome of that statement. The accolade of the Gatorade Player of the Year not only speaks volumes of her personal ability, but also her effect on teammates.”
Maracich helped Auburn Riverside to back-to-back state titles as a junior and senior. She made the 2017 Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Second Team, the NPSL Olympic Division First Team her junior and senior year, and was a 2017 honorable mention All-State selection.
“Anna has been coming to our camps for years, and has always made an impression on us,” Flick-Williams said.. “Even though we weren’t sure if we needed a middle (blocker) in this class, what we did know is we needed Anna. Beyond her terrific skill set as a middle, she is the embodiment of the team chemistry that is essential for our program’s success. I’m looking forward to seeing her growth in this environment as she continues the legacy of WWU middles.”