Langley, British Columbia (ISN) – Trinity Western women’s volleyball coach Ryan Hofer is proud to announce his 2012 recruiting class, which includes outside hitters Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa, Ont.) and Chelsea Tancon (Comox, B.C.) and libero Kristen Moncks (Standard, Alta.).
“These three are passionate about this game, have demonstrated a great work ethic and are committed to achieving something great here,” Hofer said. “This is a solid recruiting class and I know all three of them will fit perfectly into the team and into what we are trying to accomplish here at Trinity Western. I’m excited to watch as they each develop into fantastic CIS players.”
Carpentier, who is the Spartans first ever recruit from Ontario, will join Trinity Western already possessing an outstanding volleyball résumé with both her high school and club teams, as the 6-foot-1 graduate-to-be of École Secondaire Catholique Franco-Cité has earned team success at nearly every level she has played.
“Sophie is a hard-hitting and physical presence,” Hofer said. “She’s a skilled athlete and a good all-around ball player. She comes from a hot bed of volleyball in Ontario and she has risen to the top in her class. She comes with a variety of shots and she has solid ball control. She’s a standout in how hard she hits the ball, how well she blocks and what she brings to the court overall.”
Representing the Maverick Volleyball club for the past four years, Carpentier has earned two national championship medals and, if not for a bout of mononucleosis just prior to this year’s championship, may very well have helped her team, one she had captained, to another national medal, as her Maverick Shotguns ultimately lost in the Tier 1 quarter-finals to eventual silver medalist Defensa from Burlington, Ont.
As a 15U athlete, in 2009, Carpentier helped her Maverick Ambush side win both the Ontario provincial championship and the Canadian national championship. The following year, she led her 16U Maverick Outlaws team to a silver medal at the Ontario provincial championship and an 11th place finish at nationals. Then, last year, in what would turn out to be her last crack at club nationals, as a 17U-aged athlete playing with in the 18U age bracket, her team won the Division 2 national championship.
And while she certainly garnered plenty of success at the club level, Carpentier was also an integral part of a winning team at the high school level, as her team finished either first or second in each of the past three francophone provincial championships.
Along with her club and high school success, Carpentier also played for Team Ontario last summer, with which she won a silver medal at the National Team Challenge Cup, and she hopes to once again represent Team Ontario at this year’s Challenge Cup, which will be contested July 18-22.
“As soon as I met the coach and the players – every one of them kind and genuine people – I knew this was the place for me,” said Carpentier, who plans to study psychology. “Everyone made me feel at home. I’m a competitive player, so I’m very excited to play in the Canada West conference. I look forward to the opportunity to learn and develop as a player. And I have to say that I also fell in love with the mountains of British Columbia.”
Moncks will join her twin sister Lauren with the Spartans women’s volleyball team after playing libero with Medicine Hat College in the ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference) for the past two years.
“Kristen brings a lot of maturity to the position,” Hofer said. “She’s a solid technical passer and a fantastic defender. I believe she’s going to make a very easy and seamless transition to our level of ball. She’s going to be a key component of our defence and serve receive. I have been impressed with her commitment to hard work these past two years and her ability to take her game to another level.”
This past year, the 5-foot-9 libero led the ACAC with a league-record 5.2 digs per set for a total of 439 digs over 85 sets and was named both an ACAC First Team All-Star and her team’s MVP.
With Moncks leading the Rattlers in the back court, Medicine Hat finished the 2011-12 regular season with an 18-2 record and earned the right to host the ACAC conference championship for the first time in school history. From there, the Rattlers won the ACAC silver medal and, with that result, qualified for the CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association) national championship for the first time ever, where Medicine Hat finished fifth.
In her first year with Medicine Hat, Moncks was also a dominant defensive presence, leading the ACAC with a then league record 4.8 digs per set as she was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.
In high school, playing for the Standard Rams, Moncks won the 1A provincial championship in each of her final three years and also played on the Alberta provincial team in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
“Personally, Trinity Western represents the small community I grew up in and, in my short visit, I witnessed a close knit group and a family-like atmosphere, which is exactly what I was looking for,” said Moncks, who plans to study either human kinetics or education. “The coaching staff was encouraging and the team members were skilled and focused, yet still fun, welcoming and positive athletes who, as a team, I know have very high expectations to accomplish goals. To me, this is the type of atmosphere that is really exciting and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Off the court, Moncks earned the College Academic Excellence Award in 2010.
The 6-foot Tancon, who will graduate from Courtenay, B.C.’s Georges P. Vanier Secondary in June, will join the Spartans after finishing a high school career in which she was considered one of the best volleyball players in the province. On a list compiled by B.C.-based university coaches, Tancon was ranked fifth in the Province newspaper’s Senior Girls Super 15 Class of 2012.
“She is one of the more determined and committed athletes I have seen at the high school level,” Hofer said. “She has an amazing work ethic and she’s very coachable. She’s ready to learn and she’s ready to grow. She’s a physically strong athlete who has a great jump and she’s a solid blocker and attacker. She’s developing into an athlete who will be a key contributor on our team for years to come.”
In the fall of 2011, when Tancon was in Grade 12, she helped her G.P. Vanier her team capture the Vancouver Island AAAA Championship and, in the process, was named the championship tournament MVP. Her team followed that up with a 16th place finish at the 2011 provincial championship.
In the summer of 2011, she played for Team BC U17 at the Western Canada Summer Games where she helped her team to a gold medal, while in 2010, she played for Team BC at the U16 Western Elites, helping that team to a fifth place finish.
And this summer, for the third in a row, Tancon will play for Team BC as this time she will represent her province at the National Team Challenge Cup July 18-22.
Playing for her club side, North Island Crush, Tancon led a team of just eight players to a ninth place finish at the most recent provincial championship.
Off the volleyball court, Tancon played for her school’s basketball, soccer and rugby teams. She also competed at the 2008 B.C. Winter Games in cross-country skiing and was part of a soccer team that travelled to the Netherlands to compete in the 2008 Youth Friendship Games Holland, finishing third.
For all of her sporting accomplishments, Tancon was named her school’s Female Senior Athlete of the Year in both Grade 11 and Grade 12.
Away from the sporting realm altogether, Tancon has also been prolific in the classroom as she has been on the Principal’s Honour Roll, an achievement that requires a 4.0 GPA, ever since Grade 10.
“Trinity Western is everything I was looking for in a university, plus so much more,” said Tancon, who plans to study kinesiology. “The women’s volleyball program at Trinity Western is not only a top CIS program with a voracious hunger to win that first national championship, but it’s also a community of kind and wonderful people.”
About Spartans Women’s Volleyball
The Trinity Western women’s volleyball team qualified for the CIS national championship in 2011-12 for the third time in the last four years. After capturing the Canada West bronze medal, the Spartans went into the national championship ranked No. 6 in the tournament. After falling to Montreal in the quarter-final, the team rallied to win its last two games of the season to earn a fifth place finish at nationals.
The team finished the Canada West regular season with a 13-7 record and, at one point in the year, were ranked as high as No. 2 in the CIS Top 10.
Trinity Western beat Calgary on home court in the first round of the playoffs to qualify for the Canada West Final Four. At the Final Four, they lost to UBC in the semifinal before beating Winnipeg in the bronze medal match.
The Spartans have qualified for the national championship five times in their 13-year history of playing at the CIS level. They earned a bronze medal in 2011, a fourth place finish in 2007 and fifth place finishes in 2006, 2009 and 2012.