Featured Female Athlete of the Week | Chloé Bidelman | Sports

Name: Chloé Bidelman

School: Canton de Conemaugh

Grade 12

Sport: Volleyball

Parents: Beth Mitchell, of Davidsville, and Jeff Bidelman, of Richland

Sporting achievements: In volleyball, 1,097 career digs and 188 aces, Somerset County MVP in 2021, all-WestPAC selection in 2021, women’s all-zone volleyball team in 2020, district 5 second team in 2020, first team in the Somerset County in 2020, District 5 Class 1A Champions in 2020, District 5 Class 1A Finalist in 2019 and 2021 and WestPAC Finalist in 2020.

Coach quote: “Chloe brought to the team her love, dedication and commitment to playing volleyball as a defensive player. She has worked as hard during the offseason as she has during the season. She was a passionate defensive player. She would attack the ball defensively the same way a batter would attack for a kill. His strength was being able to read the batter and knowing where that ball was going to go. She also competed against herself to continue improving her game. She helped other players step up defensively. – Laura Swank, Conemaugh Township Volleyball Coach

Favorite subject: Psychology

Favorite movie: “Clueless”

Favorite Book: “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom

Favorite Video Game: “Animal Crossing New Horizons”

Favorite Food: My Mom’s Homemade Seven Layer Cookies

Favorite teachers (and what they teach): Ms. Custer, psychology; and Mrs. Durica, math

Favorite song: “This Old Dog” by Mac DeMarco

Outside interests: Training and spending time with friends and family

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why? : A dolphin because he is a good communicator, a team spirit, open and curious to try new things and conscientious.

Favorite Sports Team: United States National Women’s Volleyball Team

Most admired athletes: professional volleyball players Justine Wong-Orantes and Morgan Hentz

Most Influential People in Sports Career: My coaches Mrs Swank and Mrs Durica, my mother, my sister and Jamel Felder

The most impressive athletes you have competed against: Lynndee Ickes, sophomore at Berlin Brothersvalley and Kendra Kalp, senior at Rockwood

Greatest sporting achievement: 2021 Somerset County MVP and going to the 2021 National Tournament in Orlando, FL with my Ridgetop Premier 17-Under volleyball team.

How I got started: My sister, Hope, was playing volleyball and eventually my mom signed me up for clinics the summer before my sixth grade. That summer I started to fall in love with sports playing until nightfall in my backyard with my sister and mom.

Future Goal: I am fortunate to pursue my passion for both academics and sport by attending the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. I have made a commitment to play volleyball and will be majoring in psychology and eventually become a speech therapist.

– Jake Oswalt

Jake Oswalt is editor-in-chief for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter @ TheWizOfOz11.

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