(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair College Department of Athletics and women’s volleyball program have announced the signing of three top recruits to Letters of Intent for the 2017-18 season. The Saints have signed Jordyn Pranger, Andie Suthers, and Kiana Gelissen.
Pranger, a 5’ 10” left side hitter, is from London, where she attends Midway High School and has played for Forest City volleyball club for 5 years. Jordyn is very excited to come to St Clair next fall.
“I decided to commit to the Saints because of the Early Childhood Education program,” Pranger said. “The program is everything that I am looking for, both in the classroom and on the court as a Saint. School is my top priority and getting to play the sport I love is a bonus for me.”
Head Coach Jimmy El-Turk is glad to have Jordyn on board.
“Jordyn was an athlete that we started recruiting last season and was our top priority this year knowing that we needed to add a left side with good ball control, high volleyball IQ, and most importantly some offence from the left side of the floor,” El-Turk said. “We are looking forward to having Jordyn on our campus and enhancing our training environment each day with her competitiveness.”
Suthers is arriving at St Clair after graduating from the University of Windsor and playing 2 seasons there. The 6’ 1” middle previously attended Belle River High School, prior to going to the UWindsor. She can’t wait to start her career as a Saint.
“St Clair College was an easy choice for me because the school has the program that will compliment my university degree, and is specific to my career goals,” Suthers said. “I’m especially excited to become a Saint and play for the women’s volleyball team. The school offers state of the art athletic facilities, dedicated and passionate coaching staff, and a talented, cohesive team. It’s exciting to be part of a program that is now competing for championships.”
El-Turk was receptive to having Suthers join the women’s team.
“Andie reached out to me last season, letting me know that she was planning on attending St Clair to study Police Foundations, and it was a no brainer to bring her on board,” he said. “Her size, athleticism, and university experience will help us perform on the court and add a lot of valuable depth to the middle.”
Gelissen, a 6’ 2” middle from LaSalle, will be joining the Saints after graduating and playing from Sandwich Secondary. Gelissen is looking forward to becoming a Saint.
“I’ve decided to study at St Clair because I’ve heard they have a great academic establishment and educational programs, but also to play volleyball,” Gelissen said. “I am very excited to play volleyball next season because I would like to improve my individual game and looking forward to creating everlasting bonds with the rest of my teammates.”
Coach El-Turk is excited to add more size to his roster.
“Adding Kiana to our roster was a last minute surprise. Her coach at Sandwich, Chris Johns, as well as our assistant coach, Stephanie Wilson, were very instrumental in getting Kiana on our radar,” said El-Turk. “After speaking with her, I was very pleased with her positivity and her willingness to want to get better. She will add a lot of size in the middle for us and we hope with a full years worth of training in our gym, her skills and reading cues will improve to contribute to our program down the road.”
In addition to the three signings, the Saints are looking forward to adding Hanna Stewart for next season as well.
Stewart from Woodstock, played this past season at the University of Windsor and is going into her second year of the Concurrent Early Childhood Education Program. In the second year of this program she will be attending St Clair for the entire year then returning to UWindsor for years three and four.
St Clair finished the regular season with a record of 12-6 in the OCAA West Division and in 3rd place. The Saints hosted the OCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship and narrowly missed out on a medal placing 4th in the province.