Kodiaks Women's Volleyball Team Sign New Recruits
The Kodiaks Women's Volleyball team will be looking to improve on last seasons 9-11 finish, and Derek Usman has found some key players that may be instrumental for success.
Silka comes to Lethbridge from Kimberley BC where she will add experience to the middle position.Silka has gained experience through her Kimberley high school team as well as East Kootenay Volleyball Club. She has received a silver and gold medal at high school zones as well as a Gold Championship medal in Division B at nationals in 2009. Through battling ankle injuries Silka still managed to receive 5 MVP awards. The Kodiaks are excited to see Silka join the squad in the ever scarce middle position.
Olivia hails from Edmonton Alberta where she is graduating from Harry Ainlay High School. With seven years of competitive volleyball under her belt, Olivia brings a fresh new face to the Kodiaks with a great base of experience in both the left-side and libero position. Her high school volleyball career has taken her to three years of 4A Provinicials, where in 2009 she brought home the gold medal championship. Olivia has also spent time on the court playing club volleyball for NAVC out of Edmonton. At the U17 and U18 provincial championships Olivia’s team was awarded silver medals both years, and Olivia personally was awarded the Provincial All star Award in 2011 at the U18 Provincial Championships. Her total medal count sits at twenty-six gold, eight silver and five bronze. To add to Olivia’s experience she will join the 2011-12 Lethbridge College Kodiaks Women’s Volleyball team fresh off of a summer of training and competitive play with Team Alberta.
Karli Bell, a Left Side from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan will join the Lethbridge squad bringing a depth of experience from our eastern neighbours. Karli graduates from Peacock Collegiate where on the senior girl’s volleyball team she has accumulated 4 city championship gold medals, a 5A Regional Championship, a Bronze in 5A provincials and the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. Karli played club volleyball with Moose Jaw Element where she further added to her success as she acquired two tier 2 bronze medals at the Western Canadian Championship, a bronze provincial medal, two provincial silver medals, and a Provincial Championship with the Saskatchewan Volleyball Association.
Corbie will come to Lethbridge from Red Deer bringing with her a depth of experience from all perspectives on the court. Past coaches have recognized her as the go to player in situations as she has had the privilege of experiencing all positions on the court. As alumni of Hunting Hills High School and the Queens Volleyball Club, Corbie has had her fair share of volleyball success. She received her high school grade 12 MVP award, as she captained her team for both her grade 11 and 12 years and was a nominee for top athlete of the year. This past club volleyball season Corbie’s team won the 2011 Bronze medal at provincials and got silver in division one tier 3 at nationals.
Larissa Rutowitsch is coming to Lethbridge College a long ways from her hometown of Brasilia, Brazil. Larissa will add height and experience to the Kodiaks in the setting and right side positions as she comes from spending last year in Division II volleyball at Armstrong Atlantic State University. At the age of 8 Larissa began playing with the Botafogo club team where she began her championship resume. At the age of 11 she was selected to the State team where she won a National Championship in her first year. Larissa continued to play on this team until 2008. In 2005 Larissa was selected to play for the Brazil national team. Amongst her time playing for club teams, the national program and college Larissa has accumulated a ton of experience and championship medals and will add a great depth of knowledge and skill to the Kodiak Program.
The Kodiaks will welcome a Lethbridge Hometown athlete to the court this year as Karlee Gunderson joins the women's volleyball squad. Karlee joins the team with experience at multiple positions on the volleyball court from her time with the Lethbridge Volleyball Club and Dino's Volleyball club. Throughout her 5 years of club Karlee has won 4 provincial championships and a silver at Nationals. In addition Karlee dedicated 3 summers to playing Team Alberta where she was given the coaches choice award for 2 of these years. The Kodiaks are excited to see back Karlee back in the game and look forward to experiencing her hard work and dedication.