By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– Maddie Broyhill will bring versatility to Linfield starting this upcoming Fall for the Wildcats.
Over the past several years playing with the Silverton High School Volleyball team and the Silverton Bearcats Volleyball club, the Foxes Senior has been all over the court, improving on that crucial Volleyball IQ and working on the skills it takes to get to the next level.
“The last couple years at Silverton have really helped me become a well-rounded player by being able to play positions all around the court,” said Broyhill. “Each position on the court has different roles to play in the game, so being able to understand each of those roles through experience really helps me become a smarter player. This is especially important when playing in leagues as tough as our own. We can’t change our height to benefit us, but we can play a higher mental game to come out on top.
“I am also grateful for the Silverton Bearcats Volleyball Club and Coach Paul (Carter)for helping me with my technical skills and for showing me what it takes to be a collegiate athlete. Going on to the next level in volleyball, it’s important for me to be able to see the court and the other teams’ defense and have the ball control when attacking to put it away in strategic spots.”
Broyhill will be joining a Linfield squad that went 5-23 this past Fall and will be welcoming in a new Head Coach in Haley Doerfler.
Doerfler arrived in McMinville after stops as an assistant coach at Seattle Pacific University, Durham University and University of North Alabama following her playing days at Hawaii Pacific University in the early-to-mid 2010’s. Broyhill is excited to see what she can do under the first-year Head Coach.
“In the times I have been able to talk to my new coach, Haley Doerfler, I can tell she has a lot of experience in higher level volleyball, and I can’t wait to see how she can help me and the 2020 team improve our game,” said Broyhill. “I think that the program and Coach Doerfler are really going to help me improve my ball control especially when attacking at the net, as well as my overall skill set.”
And as her High School chapter ends, and her collegiate one begins, there was nothing that beats that first Varsity start and playing at home one last time.
“My favorite moments playing volleyball as a Fox have to be my very first game as a varsity starter my junior year, and the last time, on my Senior Night. In both games the energy in the gym was electric with everyone in the stands supporting us,” said Broyhill, who was an Mid-Willamette Conference Honorable Mention at Setter. “Even though we lost, I couldn’t have asked for a better senior night to end my high school season. It was such a great atmosphere in which to play my favorite sport.”