Lethbridge College Women’s Volleyball announces recruits for the 2013-2014 season

Once again head coach Dusty Stauth has looked locally to fill out the Lethbridge College Women’s Volleyball team roster.  Joining the team next year Stauth adds 5 more players from Lethbridge and surrounding area.

We are pleased to announce that from the defending 4A Provincial Champion Chinook High School Coyotes middle Alison Grigg and  libero Kendra Sweeny will be staying home and playing their post secondary volleyball in Lethbridge.  

Alison is a very athletic, quick middle; she fits the type of middle we are looking for in our offensive system.  She plays with a very high level of intelligence and is regarded as a great teammate. “We feel she has flown under the radar at Chinook and with her Flare club team, because of the attention others get on those teams no one really notices how good she really is and has quietly had a great high school career.  We are looking forward to brining her in where she has a chance to make an immediate impact to our team.”

“Kendra Sweeny has been regarded as one of the best defensive players around for a few years now”, the starting Libero for Chinook High School and Flare club comes in and will help with the Kodiaks ball control. “She’ll be part of a trio of Liberos that are all really good, we are very excited to have her join the Kodiaks, no one works harder than Kendra and it shows as she makes some digs that seem impossible.”

“Last year with a young group we lost a lot of very close matches and very close sets in the 20’s and we felt if we could have serve received passed a little better or got one more timely dig we could have won 5 or 6 more matches.  With Kendra, returning Libero Isabelle Huel and transferring Libero Devyn Meier we feel we have great options for our ball control at the end of sets, one thing for sure it’s going to be a lot of fun watching these 3 compete in practice and in games, they are all really good at their craft.”

From the LCI Clippers SAVHL All-Star setter Brooklyn Peterson will also be joining the Kodiaks in the Fall.  She will be one of 3 new freshmen setters coming to the Kodiaks next year trying to fill the void left from Erika Sheen who will be off to finish her degree and playing career at Camosun College.

“Brooklyn comes in where she will have a chance to compete for the starting spot which is wide open with 3 freshmen setters joining our program. Brooklyn already runs the type of tempo we are looking for to run our offense this year. She spent the last club year setting for our JR Kodiak team so she knows how we run our offense and what tempo we are looking for.  She works hard and plays with a very level head, we are happy she decided to stay at home and play”

From the WR Myers Rebels in Taber utility player Nicki Meier will be joining the Kodiaks as well in the Fall.  Nicki also spent last club season playing for the JR Kodiaks as a leftside. “Nicki has played leftside, rightside and middle in her high school career.  She will be primarily a leftside for the Kodiaks; we are going to let her concentrate on one main position.  Nicki was probably the most excited recruit, I think this is the place where she wanted to be, and she is exactly the type of athlete we are looking for.”

Transferring in from Mississippi Valley State University is Devyn Meier, a highly recruited Libero from Vauxhall High School.  She will be re joined with Madisyn Chambers and Hilary Tillman who all played together at Vauxhall High School.
“ Devyn was highly recruited coming out of Vauxhall, she is exactly what the Libero position was made for, she passes very well and nothing hits the floor around her.  She is that vocal leader in the back row and again will make up a very talented trio of Liberos.  We are very happy to have her join the Kodiaks in the Fall.”

Along with the local recruits the Kodiaks welcome a trio of players from the Calgary area.  

Mackenzie Hamilton hails from Calgary where she played her high school volleyball for Springbank High School and played club for Canuck Stuff out of Calgary.  She is a very athletic setter that knows the game very well; she has been around volleyball her entire life as she comes from a volleyball family.  Her parents coach and her little brother also plays volleyball.
“We are really excited to have Mac join the Kodiaks, we noticed her at a local high school tournament. We pretty much had one conversation with her and we knew we wanted her to be a part of our program. She easily became a priority for us to sign right away.  She plays the game at the college level already, quick to learn and to adapt to her hitters, we feel she can step in and contribute right away.”

The third to sign of the freshman setting trio is Haley Jensen from DeWinton AB.  She played her high school volleyball at Foothills Comp out of Okotoks.  
“We feel Haley might be one of the best kept secrets around, she played her club volleyball with the University of Calgary Jr Dino’s, where she split time with another real talented setter that is going straight to the CIS, so for us to get her we are really excited.  She’s tall, athletic, makes great decisions and is just another great kid to join our program.  It’s going to be a lot of fun watching this trio of setter compete for playing time, they are all talented and bring great strengths to the setting position.”

The last signing out of the club season is Rylee Fulmek from Strathmore High School and ACVC volleyball club out of Airdrie.
“Rylee came to our ID camp and we weren’t letting her get out of there without committing to the Kodiaks. She’s tall at 5’11 and brings a real presence at the net. She’s a natural rightside but will also be training in the middle for next year.  We feel because of her versatility she will be able to get on the floor and contribute right away.  The middle position is something we wanted to focus on and when we threw her in the middle at the ID camp, she more than held her own.”