UAF volleyball program announces 2019 recruiting class

The Alaska Nanooks volleyball program and Head Coach Brian Scott announced the 2019 recruiting class today, bringing in four new players to their program.
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Alaska Nanooks volleyball program and Head Coach Brian Scott announced the 2019 recruiting class today, bringing in four new players to their program.

Three of these athletes are coming in a freshman while the other is a junior transfer. The theme of this class is height, as three stand at 6’1”. The players are Colleen File, Eden Murchison, AveRee Reynolds and Sophie Schilling.

First up is Colleen File, who comes from Woodinville, Washington. File is a 5’7” outside hitter/defense specialist that was named to the King County 4A all-league first team in 2017 and 2018.

“Colleen is going to be a great fit for our program.” said Head Coach Scott. “She is a talented volleyball athlete that has played in multiple positions and can contribute to improving the competitiveness in our gym in many ways. She has a great demeanor and will add to the cohesive nature of our returning student-athletes. “

Up next is Eden Murchison from Zebulon, Georgia. The 6’1” outside hitter played for Pike County High School where she was named the 3A all-area Player of the Year in 2018. Scott had this to say about his new recruit.

“Eden is a long, athletic athlete with a heavy arm. Her size will make her an intimidating block immediately.”

Murchison plans to major in engineering.

Then we have AveRee Reynolds from Eastern Arizona College. The junior transfer had 106 blocks this past season in the ACCAC, which was the second highest total. She was named as a junior college all-American first team and an American Volleyball Coaches Association all-American.

“AveRee has established herself as a true competitor. She has excelled as a high school standout and followed it up as an NJCAA All-American. AveRee grew up on the volleyball court and it shows in her ability to play. We are excited for the depth and competitiveness she will bring to our gym.”

Reynolds plans to major in secondary education.

Our last recruit comes all the way from Berlin, Germany as Scott adds Sophie Schilling to the ranks. The 6’1” middleblocker, Schilling, comes to the Nanooks as a two-time national champion in Germany as part of SG Rotation Prenlauer Berg in 2015 and 2018. This is the second player under Scott that comes from Berlin, as Lahra Weber has been part of the huge success that the Nooks had last year when they went 12-8 in the GNAC and she was named to the first team all-conference.

“Sophie is a standout middle blocker and will be a great addition to our group of middles. She comes from the same competitive club in Germany as Lahra and should be able to adapt to our level of play quickly. Sophie is very good at attacking on the side and we look forward to using that strength.”

Alaska starts their regular season on September 6 in the Colorado School of Mines Classic in Golden, Colorado.