(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair Saints women’s volleyball program has announced the signing of seven top recruits for the 2018-19 season. The women who will be joining the program are locals Ally Kozak and Amelia Oliverio, and Sam Gerbig, Jen Taylor, Jaimie Randall, Kiana Huggins, and Rileigh Davis.
Kozak, a native of Belle River was a 1st Team WECSSAA All Star in 2018 and 2nd team in 2017 at Belle River District High School.
“I’m finally moving on to the next chapter of my life playing the sport I love with amazing coaches and an amazing group of girls to go through it with me,” Kozak said. “I’m looking forward to the new competition that the college level will offer and the opportunity to improve as a player.”
Oliverio, a native of Windsor, was named a 1st Team All Star in 2017 and 2018 while with St Joseph’s High School.
“I have been watching the volleyball program at St Clair grow over the last couple of years and it is something I am very proud to be a part of,” Oliverio said. “The school met my academic goals perfectly and I am very excited and honoured to be a Saint next season.”
Gerbig and Randall are from out of province. Gerbig is a transfer for Holland College in PEI, while Randall is coming to St Clair from Fredericton, NB.
“I am super excited to be going to St Clair,” said Gerbig. “I knew it was the right fit for me when I spoke to the coaches, they seemed interested and excited to talk to me without even knowing me. They were also super helpful in my application process and ensured I was happy and felt welcomed even with me being on the other side of the country. I can’t wait to be a Saint this fall and play alongside my new teammates and learn from the coaches.”
A member of the New Brunswick Volleyball Provincial Champion Reds Volleyball Club, Randall is looking forward to continuing with the game at St Clair.
“St Clair has giving me the opportunity to pursue a higher education in a field that I am passionate about while also being able to continue playing the sport that I love,” she said. “I am extremely excited to join the amazing group of girls next season.”
Taylor is from Sarnia where she won the Award of Excellence in 2017 with the Twin Bridges Volleyball Club.
“I am looking forward to beginning a new chapter in my life at St Clair,” Taylor said. “I am excited to be able to continue to play volleyball since it has been a big part of my life for the past 8 years. I am looking forward to an amazing and exciting experience at St. Clair and all that it has to offer.”
Huggins is from London where she was named team MVP in grades 9, 10 and 12, and a WOSSAA 1st Team All-Star at Saunders Secondary School.
“There are two reasons why I chose to start my post-secondary studies at St Clair. One being is how much they put an emphasis on the student part of a student athlete,” Huggins said. “That impacted my decision because it is very important for me to leave with a quality education. The second reason why I chose St Clair is because of their volleyball program. They have an amazing program and I am excited to be a part of it for the upcoming years.”
Davis comes to St Clair from Georgetown District High School.
“I am really looking forward to the upcoming season,” she said. “I like the feel of a smaller campus and facilities at St Clair college. The girls welcomed me with open arms and I like the coaching staff philosophy. I am very excited to get started next as a Saint.”
Head coach Jimmy El-Turk is looking forward to adding the seven players to the team next year.
“After a successful season on the court, we saw a lot of impactful players and people graduate form our program that left big shoes to fill,” he said. “Our staff made recruiting a top priority this year and I think we have a really nice mix of athletes that fit the mold we are looking for.”
St Clair finished the 2017-18 season with a 13-5 record in the OCAA West Division, ending up in 3rd place. The Saints earned an OCAA Bronze Medal at the Championships, their first medal in women’s volleyball in 21 years.