Huskies add skill & character for 2014-15


April 23, 2014, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskie women’s volleyball team is proud to welcome three new recruits to the program.

Outside hitters Taylor Annala, Ruby Stefan and Sabrina Balisky are the latest to make their commitment to don the green and white in the 2014-15.

The Huskies made a big step in the Canada West standings finishing with a 9-13 record in 2013-14. The 2014-15 schedule will be released in June.

Taylor Annala, Outside Hitter, 6-0
Hometown: Dinsmore, SK

Previous Teams: Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute; 18U Junior Huskies

As a dominant attacker, Taylor Annala has led LCBI to a gold medal performance at the 3A SHSAA Provincial Championship. She also captured a silver medal in 2014 at the Sask Volleyball Provincial Championship with the 18U Junior Huskies.

Starting her volleyball career as a setter, Annala switched to outside hitter in high school. Playing on 16U Team Saskatchewan and playing with the Multicultural Volleyball Program in China, Annala fell in love with the sport.

Taylor Annala Comments:
“Throughout the years, my love for the sport of volleyball has expanded. I never could imagine my life would be the path it is on today and that volleyball would be such a huge piece. I chose the University of Saskatchewan because I feel that is where I will be able to take my skills to the next level. After being approached by Jason Grieve to consider the possibilities of being a Huskie, I quickly felt connections to the team, coaching staff and beautiful campus.”

Jason Grieve Comment:

“Two years ago, I was told that there was a Grade 10 athlete from Dinsmore who wanted to be a Huskie volleyball player and that she was 6-feet. I invited Taylor to campus for a training session and the rest is history. Taylor uses her tall frame and excellent jumping ability to score points on the attack. I see strong leadership potential in Taylor. She was the captain of her club and school team’s this year. I’ve been waiting a couple years to add Taylor to our Huskie roster and that time is about to arrive.”

Ruby Stefan, Outside Hitter, 6-1
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Previous Teams: Saint Francis High School; Southern Alberta Volleyball Club

An all-round athlete, Ruby Stefan is also a competitive swimmer and basketball player at the high school level. Helping to guide her high school team, Saint Francis won the Calgary City Championship. She also earned a silver medal at Volleyball Alberta’s Provincial Championship in 2013 with the Southern Alberta Volleyball Club.

Ruby Stefan Comment:
“From the first time I visited Saskatchewan, the Huskie team and coaches made me feel welcomed and comfortable. The city’s size appealed to me and the friendly atmosphere of the people within it, as well as the beautiful campus. This all made the decision an easy one.”

Jason Grieve Comment:

“I have a great respect for the fact that Ruby is an all-round athlete. Besides volleyball, she competed on her school’s swim and basketball teams. I truly value that she has been part of successful teams in club and school. Ruby was captain at Saint Francis and was a major part of her team’s run to the Calgary City Championship. We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg in regards to Ruby’s skills and abilities. It’s going to be fun watching her grow and contribute with the Huskies.”

Sabrina Balisky, Outside Hitter, 6-0
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Previous Teams: Dinos Volleyball Club; 403 Selects Volleyball Club

Excelling at volleyball from Grade 6, Sabrina Balisky has won three Alberta volleyball club provincial medals and two at the national level. Starting her career as a setter, Balisky has moved from middle blocker to outside hitter in her Grade 12 year at EP Scarlett High School.

Sabrina Balisky Comment:
“The Huskie volleyball team has a great team atmosphere. I really enjoy Jason’s coaching method and the skill he brings to the team.”

Jason Grieve Comment:

“Sabrina is a terrific competitor who played a key role in the 17U national final last spring. She made a few impressive serves and blocks in a pressure environment, which helped to shift momentum in the match. Sabrina’s versatility is remarkable, she had mainly played middle until this fall when moved to the outside position for the high school season. She is a positive and vocal leader who has been a three-year captain at EP Scarlett High School and is captain for her 403 Selects club team. Sabrina makes aggressive plays at the net and displays a high volleyball IQ. She has significant experience and a proven competitive attitude that will help to improve the Huskies.”

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