Kodiaks volleyball programs add two more for 2017-18

May 4, 2017 – The Kodiaks volleyball programs are continuing to add talent to their 2017-18 rosters, with both men’s and women’s team’s recently announcing new commitments for next season.

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Women’s volleyball head coach Anna Schwark is proud to announce that Rae Whitehead, a middle from Moose Jaw, SK, has committed to join the Kodiaks. Rae is the sister of Kodiaks men’s volleyball stand-out Dax Whitehead, and Schwark is excited to add her athletic ability and competitiveness to the team.

“Her athleticism and height will be a great asset to our offense” commented Schwark. “Rae is currently finishing up her club season with the Moose Jaw Element Panthers Club team and plans on focusing on courses transferrable to the Education Program at the U of L.”

The signing is particularly exciting for Dax, who is thrilled his sister decided to follow his footsteps in starting her education at Lethbridge College.

“I'm excited to see that she is playing a post-secondary sport, especially here at the college” said Dax, who was named to the ACAC south division all-conference team last season. “After being away from home for a few years, it will be awesome to have some family close.”

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Meanwhile, the Kodiaks men’s volleyball program is excited to announce the signing of Kyle Lee from Calgary, Alberta.

Kyle joins the Kodiaks from Crescent Heights High School, and the Canuck Volleyball Club. He has been a high-level athlete in Calgary throughout his club tenure, as has particularly excelled on the beach courts. Kyle was a Calgary representative at the 2014 Alberta Games and has won several medals throughout the beach volleyball season. 

Lee is also no slouch on the indoor court. The 6'1 left-side hitter has shown the ability to make a difference no matter what situation he is placed in. Kyle joins the Kodiaks as a leader of his club program and high school program.

"We know with Kyle we are getting an outstanding leader and young man," quoted Kodiaks Head Coach Greg Gibos. "Kyle has the ability to be effective the second he steps on the floor. During our ID camp in March we were really impressed with his ability to score points. I think his strong beach background has allowed him to grow as an attacker as he has a large repertoire of shots in his game.”

Gibos was especially impressed with Kyle’s desire to come to Lethbridge and become a Kodiak.

“I think the biggest thing that drew us to Kyle was that he wanted to be a Kodiak. Every time we spoke with him he impressed us with his desire to help the program no matter what role he would play. Our program is built on people who want to be Kodiaks and grow our culture together. Kyle is a guy that wants to become part of the process and help this program get better. We are extremely excited he chose us to continue his volleyball journey."

When asked about joining the Kodiaks, Kyle echoed his coach’s level of excitement.

"I couldn't be more excited to join such a stellar program and to put on that Kodiak jersey this upcoming fall” exclaimed Lee. “I love the family environment at LC and how everyone is there to push and make the person next to them better. It’s what attracted me most about the program.”

“I can't wait to see the things I can achieve at this level. I couldn't imagine starting this new chapter anywhere else then Lethbridge College."

Welcome to the Kodiaks family Rae and Kyle!