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Bulldog Volleyball Announces 2023 Recruiting Class

UMW Sports Press Releas3e:

Montana Western Volleyball welcomed five signees in its 2023 signing class,

the program announced Wednesday afternoon.

“We are excited about this dynamic group of incoming freshmen. They each bring a unique

feature to our growing program.” Head Coach Katie Lovett said.

This year’s recruiting class includes two athletes from Montana and one athlete from Oregon,

Washington, and Nevada. The group also includes a setter, two middle blockers, an opposite

hitter, and a defensive specialist.

“We have a lot of talent coming in this year and athletes who have been very successful at the

high school and club levels. I can’t wait to get everyone to campus and see how the newcomers blend with our very talented returners. The atmosphere the team has created is something special. It’s truly a joy to get to coach this group and I can’t wait to get to coach all of these new Bulldogs, too.” Lovett continued.

Madisyn Frazier | DS/L | 5’5” | Kalispell, Mont. / Glacier High School

Madisyn is a defensive specialist and libero who joins the Bulldogs from Kalispell, Mont. and

will be graduating from Glacier High School this spring. A three year varsity athlete, Frazier

earned numerous accolades as a member of the Wolfpack. She was named Academic All-State three times, earned First Team All-Conference twice, and earned Second Team All-State honors twice. She is ranked second in Glacier volleyball history for digs in a single season after she recorded 422 digs during the 2021-22 season. Frazier has played for the Apex Volleyball Club for the past eight years where she has earned a team captain spot. She was also a member of her high school wrestling team where she was named Academic All-State three times, was a team captain, placed top 10 in the state twice, and was a two year selection for AAU Montana National Wrestling Team. “Maddie is a go-getter. There is no question on if she will bring effort, hustle, and her competitive spirit with her to Western.” Lovett says. Frazier is the daughter of Jay and Tracy Frazier and plans to major in Health and Human Performance while at Montana Western.

Maxine Hoagland | OPP/OH | 5’11” | Whitehall, Mont. / Whitehall High School

Maxine is an opposite and outside hitter who joins the Bulldogs from Whitehall, Mont. and will

be graduating from Whitehall High School this spring. Hoagland earned All-State and All-

Conference accolades after the 2021 and 2022 seasons. She earned Academic All-State honors her junior and senior seasons and has earned High Honors for the past four years. Her senior year, she recorded 341 kills, 38 blocks, and 32 aces across the season with 99 kills in the district tournament. She has also been a member of the Empire Volleyball Club in Bozeman, Mont. for the last year. Hoagland competed in basketball and track at Whitehall High School where she earned All-Conference in basketball. “Maxine is a phenomenal all-around athlete. She is one of the hardest workers I’ve seen and I know she will continue growing her knowledge of the game here.” Lovett says. Maxine is the daughter of Shawn Hoagland and Gina Ossello and plans to major in Business while at Montana Western.

Jaiden Perez | MB | 6’0” | Las Vegas, Nev. / Coronado High School

Jaiden is a middle blocker who joins the Bulldogs from Las Vegas, Nev. and will be graduating

from Coronado High School this spring. A two year varsity volleyball player, Perez was a

member of the 2022 state championship team while a Cougar. During her senior season, she

recorded a .297 hitting percentage, 64 total blocks, and 1.5 kills per set. Perez also played for the Vegas Aces volleyball club for the last two years. “We are very excited to have Jaiden joining our program next year. Jaiden has excellent fundamentals and has played at a highly competitive level for a long time. She moves quickly at the net and is always an option in transition.” Lovett says. Jaiden is the daughter of Christina Perez and Robert Perez and plans to major in Modern History and Secondary Education while at Montana Western.

Olivia Rosborough | MB | 6’0” | Oregon City, Oregon / Silverton High School

Olivia is a middle blocker who joins the Bulldogs from Oregon City, Ore. and will be graduating from Silverton High School this spring. Rosborough was a four year varsity athlete who earned First Team All-Mid Willamette Conference in 2021, was a team captain her junior season, and her team was top eight in the state. She was a member of her high school tennis team for four years and was nominated for the First Citizen Award. Olivia also played for the Capital City Elite volleyball club for six years outside of high school volleyball. “Olivia is a strong athlete and always brings great energy. She is a great communicator and has a heavy arm swing paired with a strong blocking presence at the net.” Lovett says. Olivia is the daughter of Todd and Christina Rosborough and plans to major in Ecology while at Montana Western.

Sophie Worden | S | 5’8” | Vancouver, Wash. / Columbia River High School

Sophie is a setter who joins the Bulldogs from Vancouver, Wash. and will be graduating from

Columbia River High School this spring. Worden was a three year varsity athlete for the Rapids and was a two-time state champion. She earned GSHL league champions twice and was a district champion in 2021. Worden was named Second Team All-League as a defensive specialist in 2021, was a team captain last season, earned D-Fly Classic All-Tournament Team, First Team All-League setter, First Team All-Region setter, and was named First Team All-State setter. She was a three time state WIAA Academic Award honoree, two time GSHL Academic Athlete award winner, and is a National Honor Society member. Worden also participated in golf while at Columbia River and has been a member of the Athena Volleyball 18-1 Gold National club team. “Sophie has great knowledge of the game and is the ultimate teammate. She has the ability to make everyone around her better by her encouragement and her ability to deliver consistent sets.” Lovett says. Worden is the daughter of Chip and Heather Worden and plans to major in Health and Human Performance at Montana Western.

The Bulldogs return 12 players from last season’s squad, including all-conference players Jazi

Smith, Kelsey Goddard, Danyel Martin, and all-freshman team athlete Jordan Olson.

Smith found herself on the single season leaderboards, falling into third in UMW history for

single season kills (305) and kills per set (2.88). Vogl was just shy of breaking the single season block record, totaling 96 last season.

Despite falling to a tough Rocky Mountain team in the conference tournament championship at the end of last season, the Bulldogs had their first double-digit win season since 2016, finishing up 12-17 overall. The Bulldogs also had their highest winning percentage since the 2005 season when the Bulldogs went 16-13 overall.

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