LANGLEY, British Columbia – Former Trinity Western women’s volleyball libero Kristen Moncks (Standard, Alta.) will represent Canada at the senior level for the first time in her career as the Spartan alumnus will wear the Maple Leaf at the upcoming NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation) Continental Championship in Michoacan, Mexico from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.
Moncks, who graduated from TWU this past year after helping the Spartans win their first ever CIS championship, is one of two liberos who will represent Canada in its bid for Olympic qualification. Canada needs to finish in the top four at the NORCECA Championship in order to advance to the Olympic Qualifier, which is slated to take place December 2015.
This will be the second time this year that the former Spartan will represent Canada. She also did so with the national side at the Summer Universiade, where her team finished sixth overall. In 2014, Moncks made her first foray onto the senior scene when she made the national B team – a group that practiced at the National Training Centre but did not compete. In 2012, Moncks also wore the Maple Leaf at the U23 Pan American Cup, where she and her Spartans teammates represented Canada.
In the summer of 2012, Moncks transferred to TWU from Medicine Hat College and had an immediate impact on the Spartans. In her first year with TWU, she was named the Canada West Libero of the Year. She followed that up with two strong seasons as the Spartans defensive leader, which she capped by winning TWU’s first Canada West and CIS championships.
Moncks joins a list of five other Spartans women’s volleyball players who have competed with Canada at the senior level, including Kelci French, Dayna Jansen Van Doorn, Lauren O’Reilly, Alicia Perrin and Lies Reimer.
Canada will play in Group A at the NORCECA Championship, along with Cuba, Costa Rica and the United States.
Sept. 27: 17:00 – Canada vs Cuba
Sept. 28: 18:00 – Canada vs United States
Sept. 29: 14:00 – Canada vs Costa Rica
Canadian Roster (name, hometown)
Janie Guimond – Bécancour, QC
Kristen Moncks – Standard, AB
Tabitha Love – Dauphin, MB
Shanice Marcelle – Victoria, BC
Kyla Richey – Robert’s Creek, BC
Dana Cranston – Fort St. John, BC
Brittney Page – Vernon, BC
Rebecca Pavan – Kitchener, ON
Jennifer Cross – Scarborough, ON
Lucy Charuk – Tsawwassen, BC
Marisa Field – Kelowna, BC
Jaimie Thibeault – Sylvan Lake, AB
Danielle Smith – Beaverlodge, AB
Megan Cyr – St. Andrews, MB
Arnd Ludwig – Head Coach
Ryan Ratushniak – Asst Coach
Byron Bahniuk – Athletic Therapist
Shane Smith – Statistician
Nichole Mailey – Team Manager