(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor Lancers women’s volleyball head coach Lucas Hodgson is pleased to announce the commitment of eight talented athletes to his 2016-17 recruiting class.
The Lancers are excited to welcome Megan Kalbfeisch, Hanna Stewart, Ella Bouchey, Rachael Cauchi, Megan Prsa, and Kirsten Aasen. The squad joins Lexi Pollard and Erin Epema, a pair of outside hitters Hodgson announced this past January.
“These athletes are going to make us bigger and much more athletic moving forward,” said Hodgson. “The depth and competitiveness of this team just went up.”
Kalbfeisch (Mount Pearl, NL) is the only setter in this year’s recruiting class. Named team MVP with her high school, the Holy Heart Highlanders, Megan was a finalist for the Senior High School Player of the Year with the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association. Also a member of Team NL for the past four years, she has recently been named to the Canada Games training poll for Team NL beach volleyball.
“Megan has shown tremendous athleticism and court smarts,” commented Hodgson. “We are looking forward to her running our offense in the future.”
Six-foot-one middle-blocker Kirsten Aasen joins Windsor after developing with the Ducks Volleyball Club in Coquitlam, British Columbia, one of the strongest volleyball clubs in the country. The future forensics major helped the team to a silver medal at the provincial championships last season, following a bronze medal performance in 2014.
“Kirsten’s calm demeanour and shot making ability are going to be a great asset to Lancer Volleyball,” said Hodgson.
Fellow middle blocker Hanna Stewart is a Woodstock, ON product that competed for the Oxford County Crush of the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA). A dual athlete in volleyball and soccer, Stewart helped Huron Park Secondary School to a WOSSA championship and a bronze medal at OFSAA in 2015.
“Hanna is one of the more athletic middles coming out of her club program,” Hodgson said. “She will challenge and push our middles right away.”
Hodgson adds three outside hitters to his roster with Bouchey, Prsa, and Cauchi. Bouchey, an outside hitter/libero captured two provincial championships with the Seaside Volleyball Club in White Rock, BC, while Cauchi placed third at the national championships in 2015 with the Aurora Storm, and local Windsor athlete Prsa captured an eastern national championship and was a two-time OVA award of excellence winner with the South County Volleyball Club.
“All three outsides bring different tangible skills to our program,” commented Hodgson. “This is our strongest outside hitting class in recent memory. The team is quite excited about these incoming athletes as well as some unexpected, strong performances from other roster hopefuls that we believe will keep this team moving in the right direction for 2016-17 and beyond.”
Windsor’s 2016-17 schedule is set to be released in the coming weeks from the league office.