By Elisa Mitton
(WINDSOR, ON) – Both the men’s and women’s Lancers volleyball programs have been busy attracting the next generation of players to the teams.
Windsor Lancers women’s volleyball head coach Lucas Hodgson is has announced the commitment of local recruit Paige Phills. An outside hitter with Riverside Secondary School and the South County Volleyball Club, Phills is an overall athlete which Hodgson is eager to have join the Blue and Gold.
“We are very excited to add Paige to our roster for the 2017-18 season,” said Hodgson. “Keeping top local talent is very important for our program and Paige fits that to a tee. Her length and athleticism is going to make her a tough stop in OUA.”
During her career with Riverside, Phills has been named the volleyball MVP each year since the ninth grade, and was named the 2015-16 outstanding senior female athlete. Phills helped the Rebels capture an OFSAA silver medal in 2016 while also being named the team MVP for the track and field team.
With South County, Phills has twice been named team MVP. Once while with the 14U team, and then the following year as a member of the U15 team.
“The University of Windsor and the Human Kinetics program is exactly what I was looking for,” said Phills. “The team is a great bunch of girls, and I will be able to focus on my education while still playing the sport I love.”
James Gravelle, head coach of the Lancer men’s program, is has announced the commitment of recruit Anthony DeGirolamo for the 2017-18 season. A talented setter, DeGirolamo joins the Blue and Gold from the Aurora Storm and Sir William Mulock Secondary School in Newmarket.
Currently a member of the 2016 Team Ontario U17 provincial team, DeGirolamo has seen tremendous success with his club and provincial teams. In 2014 alone, he was a U14 provincial champion, captured a national silver medal, and a silver medal at the provincial beach championships.
He also captured a national bronze medal with the U15 Team Ontario squad and was the 2015 YRAA Jr volleyball champion.
Gravelle believes DeGirolamo will be an asset to the Blue and Gold in the season to come.
“We are very pleased to welcome Anthony to our team. He is an exceptional young man of great character, work ethic, and has a great volleyball IQ,” said Gravelle. “Anthony has loads of potential and continues to show consistent growth as a setter. He is a high achiever in the classroom and will be an asset to our program and our school.”
DeGirolamo is thrilled to be joining the Blue and Gold and thinks the University of Windsor is a perfect match for him.
“Windsor is a great fit for me both academically and for volleyball,” DeGirolamo said. “I am really excited and honoured to be a part of the program.”
DeGirolamo will be studying in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Windsor next fall.