May 30,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western women’s volleyball libero Kristen Moncks
(Standard, Alta.) was officially named to Canada’s national B team Thursday.
Moncks was amongst nine athletes who were selected from the approximately 50 at last
weekend’s tryout at the University of Manitoba’s Investor’s Group Athletic Centre.
This is the first time Moncks has been named to a national team.
“It’s pretty unreal to be named to a national side,” said Moncks, who will be
entering her fifth year of CIS eligibility this fall. “This really gives me a chance
to work on the technical side of the game that sometimes we aren’t able to cover as
much during the season. With the chance to train every day, I’ll get those extra
reps to work on the things I need to improve on.”
The B squad will train this week with the A team, which features former TWU setter
Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.) and then, once a visiting team from the University of
Central Florida arrives on May 31, they will separate into two groups. The B team
trains in Winnipeg until June 21.
“It’s awesome training with these girls because they’ve been here for a few years
now and I can learn from those girls just by watching how they train and what they
do,” Moncks said.
This past season with TWU, Moncks finished with a team-high 3.37 digs per set, which
was good for sixth in Canada West. She helped the Spartans to a Canada West bronze
medal and a fifth place finish at the CIS national championship.
“After last year’s tryout with the national team, Kristen was given a few things she
needed to work on and she made improvements in a lot of those areas, so [the
Canadian coaching staff] was very impressed with her,” said Spartans coach Ryan
“This past year we really saw her mature and become a leader in the back court. Her
skills have continually gotten better and better. Her defence, her passing and her
second ball setting have all improved and being named to the national team is her
reward for the hard work she has put in.”
In her first year with TWU, in 2012-13, after transferring from Medicine Hat
College, Moncks was named Canada West Libero of the Year and finished the season
with 3.26 digs per set, which had her second in the conference.
Volleyball Canada Women’s National B Team
Jessie Niles – University of Alberta, Libero
Kristen Moncks – Trinity Western University, Libero
Danielle Brisebois – University of British Columbia, Left Side
Marie-Alex Belanger – Universite de Montreal, Left Side
Margaret Casault – University of Alberta, Left Side
Alissa Coulter – University of British Columbia, Left Side
Michaela Reesor – Samford University, Left Side
Alicia Ogoms – University of Southern California – Middle
Shauntelle Hogg – University of Alberta – Middle