Kodiaks VB adds trio of southern Alberta products

May 11, 2017 – With the offseason in full swing, the Kodiaks volleyball squads are adding talent from their own backyard for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Women’s volleyball Head Coach Anna Schwark is proud to announce the commitment of two southern Alberta products, as Taber’s Mac Lewicki and Calgary’s Megan Szott are set to join the Kodiaks. Men’s volleyball Head Coach Greg Gibos has also tapped into the local talent pool, securing a commitment from Pincher Creek stand-out Michael Svab.

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WVB – Mac Lewicki

Mac Lewicki, a soon-to-be graduate of W. R. Myers in Taber AB, joins the Kodiaks women’s squad from the Panthers U18 club team and has been accepted into the Lethbridge College Massage Therapy program.

Schwark says she was impressed not only by Lewicki’s skill set on the court, but also by her in-game awareness and training habits away from the gym.

“Along with her physical strength at the net and on defense in the outside position, Mac will also be bringing a consistency of focus to our game play” said Schwark. “She is an athlete with in-game smarts and she will help us amp up our training to push one another a little harder”

“We are very excited to have her as a local athlete, and to have her continue to represent Southern Alberta and Lethbridge College!”

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WVB – Megan Szott

The Kodiaks are also proud to announce the commitment of Megan Szott, a left-side hitter from Lord Beaverbrook in Calgary, AB.

Megan will join the Kodiaks after completing her final season with the Mount Royal Jr. Cougars club team. Once she arrives at Lethbridge College, she will be pursuing her interest in Child and Youth Care or Psychology.

Schwark is excited about adding Szott’s powerful skillset and high tempo energy.

“Megan is an athletic and powerful left-side hitter in both the front and back row which excited us, however her passion for the game and energy on the court makes her an even more valuable player and teammate” said Schwark.

“We are so excited to have Megan join us next year!”

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MVB – Michael Svab

Meanwhile, the Kodiaks men’s volleyball team has also secured the commitment of another southern Alberta talent in the form of Pincher Creek’s Michael Svab.

Michael led St. Michael's High School to two provincial championship tournaments in volleyball and basketball this season, and was named league MVP for the Far West league. Svab is an extremely athletic 6'5 and a motivated athlete who will continue to add depth in the middle and outside positions for the Kodiaks. Svab first caught the Kodiaks eye when he attended the Kodiaks High School Camp last summer.

"I was really impressed with ‘Big Mike’s’ athleticism at the camp” said Kodiaks Head Coach Greg Gibos. "He was an individual who really took our instructions well, and continued to try and better himself over the course of the whole week at camp. We are looking for athletes who constantly strive to get better, and work hard. I know we've found a hidden gem here in Michael, and I'm really looking forward to adding him to our group of athletes."  

After following Michael during his high school season at the Kodiaks High School Tournament and Southern Alberta Zones, the Kodiaks were excited that Svab chose to attend school at Lethbridge College. Mike will be enrolling in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program.

Svab expressed excitement at joining the Kodiaks, and can't wait to start his collegiate career. 

"It is a pretty big honour to come from a small school and be able to play post-secondary. I'm pretty excited to start playing" said Svab.

Svab hopes he can serve as an inspiration for younger athletes from St. Michael's, many of which were in attendance at his signing announcement. When asked about advice for younger athletes from smaller communities, Svab says to "keep playing, whenever you get a chance, and never set your hopes low."

Gibos says that Michael’s personality and desire to play for the Kodiaks are exactly what he’s looking for as he continues to build the program.

"Mike's the type of kid we are looking for. His hunger and desire to get better will serve him well at this level” said Gibos.

“He has been taking any opportunity to get better, which involved driving an hour into town to train with our U18 club team when he had the chance. We want kids that want to be here, and I know that Mike will represent the Kodiaks logo proud."