O'Brien announces 2017 freshman class

O'Brien announces 2017 freshman class

Wilmington College volleyball coach Tim O'Brien announces his recruiting class for the upcoming season.

The seven-member class features student-athletes with state championship experience from Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee.

"This freshman class will add a lot of depth to our roster this year," said O'Brien. "We are looking to have one of our most competitive seasons since I've been at Wilmington, and this class is a big reason for that. We have added a lot of talent, both on the left and right pins, as well as a ton of depth and talent in the middle. The firepower that we added will blend very well with our returning athletes. This year, we will have a great opportunity to make and be successful in the OAC regular season and tournament." 

Wilmington kicks off the 2017 season September 1 with a home tri-match featuring Edison C.C. and OU-Chillicothe.


Ariel Goforth
Fast Facts

Height: 5-11
Position: OH
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Bartlett, TN
Previous School: Bartlett High School
Awards: District Champion 2014-16, Sectional Champion 2014-16, State Playoffs 2014, 2016, All Tournament Team 2015-16, MVP Regionals 2015-16, Best of the Preps 2015-16, All tournament team districts and regionals 2014-16, Coach's awards for consistency and reliability, Most kills 2015-16, Most Blocks 2016.

Coach O'Brien on Ariel"Ariel will be adding a big time offensive arm to our team this year.  She will be able to play on both the outside and right side positions and she will command a lot of respect on the defensive end from opposing teams."

Lauryn Griewahn
Fast Facts

Height: 5-3
Position: L
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Adrian, MI
Previous School: Adrian High School
Awards: two-year varsity athlete, scholar athlete award.

Coach O'Brien on Lauryn"Lauryn will be adding some high school playoff experience after competing in the state regional finals in Michigan this past year. She will help strengthen our libero position and will add a great deal of club volleyball experience as well." 

Meghan Koch
Fast Facts

Height: 6-0
Position: MH
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Fayetteville, OH
Previous School: Thomas More College
Awards: Team kills leader three straight years, SHAC All League, District 16 3rd Team, Brown County Athlete of the week three times.
Coach O'Brien on Meghan"Meghan transferred in during the winter semester last season and she was able to put in a lot of work during the off-season.  We are excited to have Meghan this season and she will be very competitive in our middle position."

Morgan Loomis
Fast Facts

Height: 5-8
Position: MH
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Grafton, WV.
Previous School: Grafton High School
Awards: Four-year varsity starter, team captain, First team all-conference, Honorable mention –All-State

Coach O'Brien on Morgan"Morgan comes to Wilmington with a lot of ability in all three attacking positions.  Her versatility and unique ability to be a utility hitter will help create a lot of competition and depth in each position."

Taylor McCuiston
Fast Facts

Height: 5-7
Position: OH
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Troy, OH
Previous School: Miami East High School
Awards: 2013-2016 CCC Champion, 2015 Regional Champion, 2016 Regional Champion, 2016 State Champion

Coach O'Brien on Taylor"Taylor will be adding state championship experience while playing as an outside hitter for Miami East.  She brings a wealth of club experience and knowledge to the team as well."

Abigail Muhlenkamp
Fast Facts

Height: 5-1
Position: MH
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Portland, IN
Previous School: Jay County High School
Awards: 2016 Most Dedicated and Fastest on the Court Team Awards, ACAC 2016 regular season and tournament Champion, School Record breaking season by going 26-6 on the year.
Coach O'Brien on Abigail"Abby will challenge our defensive specialists with her hard work and 100% effort.  She will raise the bar in our gym by being extremely aggressive in a defensive setting."

Hannah Salyers
Fast Facts

Height: 5-11
Position: MH
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Monroe, OH
Previous School: Monroe High School
Awards: SWBL Honorable Mention, three-year varsity starter
Coach O'Brien on Hannah"Hannah has a lot of club experience as well as competitive high school playing.  She will solidify our middle position and provide us with a lot of skilled depth."

Height: 5-8
Position: OH
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Fairfield, OH
Previous School: Badin High School
Awards: 2015 - 2nd team all-district, 2nd team GCL coed, all district academic award, Cincinnati Enquirer first team fall all sports; 2016 - 2nd team all-district, district runner up, all district academic award. Varsity starter for two years.
Coach O'Brien on Karley"Karley will bring a lot of playing experience as a six rotation outside hitter to the program.  Karley has played against tough competition in the GCL and will bring a lot of competitiveness and volleyball IQ to our program."

Jillian Wesco
Fast Facts

Height: 5-8
Position: MH
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Troy, OH.
Previous School: Miami East High School
Awards: 2013-2016 CCC Champion, 2015 Regional Champion, 2016 Regional Champion, 2016 State Champion, 2nd team all-conference, All-Star game participant.

Coach O'Brien on Jillian"Jillian was a middle hitter in high school at Miami East where she helped the program win a state championship.  She will bring competitiveness and athleticism to our middle position this year."