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Trio of 1A volleyball players sign scholarships

By • Nov 15th, 2012 • Category: News, Recruiting, Volleyball

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Three 1A District 6 volleyball players who have won a combined seven state trophies in four seasons will take their talents beyond high school.

Butte County senior setter Cheyan Coburn will play at College of Idaho, while Challis senior setter Rachelle Chamberlain and fellow senior middle blocker Madisen Garlie have signed with the Montana Western and Oregon Institute of Technology, respectively.

Coburn, who signed in late October, said she chose College of Idaho because former Butte County coach Brecia Hansen played there. Coburn is also a guard on the Butte County girls basketball team, but volleyball has long been her top sport.

“Ever since I can remember, I wanted to play (college volleyball), so this is just icing on the cake,” Coburn said.

Coburn said scholarship amounts are still being worked out and she will move to libero in college. She played setter as a four-year starter for Butte County and contributed to a fourth-place finish in the 2009 2A state tournament, a runner-up finish in the 2011 2A state tournament and third place at the 1A Division I state tournament last month.

Coburn has previous experience at the position from playing libero in an earlier club volleyball season.

Like Coburn, Chamberlain and Garlie both chose college volleyball over basketball. Chamberlain signed with Montana Western on Aug. 21. The University of Idaho, Eastern Oregon, Macelester College in St. Paul, Minn., and the College of Southern Idaho also contacted her. CSI offered her a full ride, but Chamberlain chose Montana Western because of positive experiences from previous visits to the campus and the promise of more playing time.

“I didn’t necessarily want to go to a huge school where I would just be on the practice team,” Chamberlain said. “I like the girls and the coach. I’ve played there a lot. I’ve been to two camps. I had so much fun with them and it was the right fit.”

Chamberlain is pursuing a bachelor of science in biology and an associate’s degree in equine science. Montana Western has offered to cover her tuition and room and board. The four-year starter for Challis, which went 22-0 en route to the 1A Division I championship last month, will continue to play setter.

Garlie signed with the Oregon Institute of Technology on Wednesday and becomes the third sibling in her family to play college volleyball. The scholarship will cover 98 percent of her tuition and OIT has a 90 percent job placement rate after graduation for civil engineering, which she plans to study.

Garlie became aware of OIT’s volleyball program by chance and the offer soon followed.

“I went to a team camp and their coach met me there,” she said. “He talked to me and I’d never even heard of it. I really like the girls.”

Garlie has been a four-year starter at middle blocker for Challis, but will transition to outside hitter by her second year at OIT.

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