One of the top pins in the 2025 class, Carly Gilk, is excited to get her recruiting journey
going. The 6’2” lefty is a lethal attacker wherever she is on the court. Being a key piece of any
offense isn’t the only thing Gilk brings to the table. Her consistent serve receive, scrappy
backcourt defense and big block make her an all-around contributor. Gilk said this was her first
year playing right back and having a bigger responsibility in serve receive, but she’s getting
more comfortable as the season goes on.
The Minnesota native has been playing volleyball for many years and comes from a
recruiting hot bed in the Twin Cities. Her high school, Champlin Park, was also home to Sydney
Hilley and Izzy Ashburn, who chose Wisconsin to pursue their playing careers. Gilk came to
Minnesota Select this year after playing at Synergy Volleyball Club.
Carly has already ramped up her summer with attending day camps at a few schools.
She has already been to Kentucky, Ohio State, and Louisville with plans
to go to Minnesota and Wisconsin in July.
She had very positive feedback about all the camps thus far and thought it
was a great way to see the campus.
Another big event in Carly’s summer is the U19 National Team Training. Gilk was named
to the training roster on June 9th and she was “not expecting it at all...but it’s really exciting”.
She will head to Anaheim July 21st-29th to get a shot at making the roster for the 2023 FIVB
U19 World Championship. The World Championship will take place from August 1st-11th in
Osijek, Croatia and Szeged, Hungary.
But before the rest of the camps and USA Volleyball journey, her Minnesota Select 16-1
team will be down in Orlando playing in 16 Open before heading to Chicago to wrap up the
season at USAV Nationals in 16 National.
In terms of choosing a school, Gilk wants a volleyball school. Being a highly competitive
herself, she wants to be around like-minded individuals. Attending many matches growing up,
she said she loves the fan base support for volleyball at some schools. With her passion for the
game and willingness to learn, there is no doubt Carly Gilk can be something special at the right