UFV Cascades women’s volleyball signs a trio of talents – Abbotsford News

The University of Fraser Valley’s women’s volleyball program has added three talents who will join the team starting in the 2022-2023 Canada West season.

Lauren Way and Amy Bennett join The Cascades from the ranks of British Columbia high schools, while Natalie Lemoine-Sells is a top-rated high school player in Manitoba. All three are completing their 12th grade studies and will join the Cascades next fall.

“We are starting to recruit rookies who have U Sports aspirations and abilities,” said Cascades head coach Janelle Rozema. “We have quite a few players who will be graduating in the next one to two years, so this is a class that is likely to gain bigger roles, including significant playing time, earlier in their career. career.”

Way, a 6-1 center from Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam, has been an important player in the Riverside Rapids program for the past four years. She was part of the provincial championships at the junior level in Grades 9 and 10, and after a lost 2020 high school campaign to COVID-19, she and her teammates came back strong and won the BC 4A title last week in Nanaimo. Way was named to the tournament’s second all-star team.

Way was also part of the BC team and won a title with the Zone 4 regional team.

“Lauren knows how to win, and she has a really fun personality that will enrich our team culture,” said Rozema. “She’s a great communicator and a really smart central blocker, and her experience on winning teams and representing British Columbia at the national level makes her a really valuable asset.

Bennett, a 5-9 passer from Kelowna Christian School, helped her school succeed during her high school career. She was on a team winning the BC Single A Championship in 2019 and won a bronze medal at the BC Christian Schools Tournament in 2020. Bennett has won tournament honors each time.

On the club scene, Bennett has served as a team captain with the BC Provincial Program and the Junior Heat Club.

“Amy is very motivated, a very intelligent passer and a bold and confident communicator,” said Rozema. “As a coach that makes her really trustworthy for me knowing that she will have the ability to handle our offense well.”

Lemoine-Sells, a 6-0 outside hitter from Manitoba, was captain of the Collège Jeanne-Sauve Olympiens and has been recognized as a 4A Conference Star, a St. Vital Tournament Star and a 4A Provincial Graduate Star. She was also the second player in Manitoba according to a survey of coaches from the Manitoba High School Athletic Association.

She has also excelled in the club scene over the years, both indoors and on the beach. She won a U13 / U14 league championship and won gold (U18) and silver (U14) at the provincial beach championships.

“Natalie has the physique that we look for in a U Sports player, in terms of her size and her ability to jump and touch at a high point,” said Rozema. “She’s a great, high-flying thief. Often times with tall players you pay a price in terms of other ball control type skills, but with Natalie you don’t. She is a very complete volleyball player.

This season marks the women’s and men’s team’s first foray into CW action. The women are 1-5 and the men are 0-6.

The next scheduled games will be the first home volleyball dates in the program’s history, with the UBCO-Heat scheduled to travel to Abbotsford on January 14-15.

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