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Montana Western volleyball welcomes two new players

University of Montana Western head volleyball coach Lisa Griffiths has announced the signing of two more volleyball players. The new Bulldogs are Dylan Fowler from Belgrade, Mont., and Britney Chilcott from Stevensville, Mont.

 

Fowler is a 5' 5" libero who was a two time selection to the first team All-Conference team. She holds all of the passing and digs records for Belgrade High School. While playing basketball for the Panthers she was honored as a two time member of the first team All-Conference and All-State teams as well as a second team All-Conference player once. She has been a four time All-State track athlete as well.

"Dylan is a great passer and a fearless defender,” said head coach Lisa Griffiths. “Her attitude ignites the gym and I'm excited that she has decided that Montana Western is a good fit for her."

Dylan will study business and art while attending Montana Western. She is the daughter of Dwayne and Sarah Fowler.

Chilcott is a 6' middle blocker who is a junior college transfer from North Idaho College. In 2011 at Stevensville High School Britney led all Montana conferences in kills with 301 and blocks with 79. She was an All-State first team selection and was selected as the MHSAA State Championship MVP for the tournament. Britney was selected to the All-State second team following her junior year and was named as an All-Conference performer three years. She credits her time as a member of the Montana Volleyball Academy (MVA) Club and her time with the MVA National Team for getting her from a good high school player to a player that led the state statistically her senior season. Britney excelled not just on the volleyball court but was a four year letter winner in basketball and track as well. She received All-Conference and All-State awards in those sports as well.

"Britney is a tremendous athlete and a great middle blocker,” said Coach Griffiths. “Her experience at NIC definitely improved her skills and elevated her game; she will be joining a solid group of middle blockers and will make us better immediately."

In 2013 Chilcott played in 107 sets and had a .314 hitting efficiency (217 kills), and added 59 blocks (.62 b/s). Those statistics were good enough to give her 2.3 points per set. Britney will study elementary education while attending Montana Western. She is the daughter of Dudley and Betty Chilcott.

"I watched both of these girls when they were playing in high school and I was impressed by them then,” said Coach Griffiths. “I'm thrilled that they are going to be Bulldogs and can't wait to see them in the gym with our returners."

Both student-athletes will begin attending class at UMW in January 2014.

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