Pakhomenko was the Canada West representative for the BLG Scholarship which was awarded earlier this month
Winnipeg, MB—The CIS and Canada West player of the year for women’s volleyball is getting a chance to train with Canada’s best.
Thompson Rivers University WolfPack outside hitter Iuliia Pakhomenko (Donetsk, Ukraine) will be spending the next few weeks training with Canada’s national senior women’s team. Pakhomenko and TRU teammate Alyssa Wolf (libero, South Surrey, BC) spent last week at the national team’s evaluation camp in Winnipeg, MB.
National team head coach Arnd Ludwig stated: “Iuliia made a very good impression to me and all the coaches from the first day she practiced. I was very impressed with her technical skills and her ball control. Technically she is for sure one of the top players at the camp.”
He went onto say “ I also liked her attack. She has one of the hardest hits in the team and with her technical abilities and her sense for the game she has a lot of potential to become a good international outside hitter.”
“She will be practicing this summer with the team. Since she has no Canadian passport, she is not eligible to play for us this summer. It is a great commitment from her side that she wants to stay here and work with us although she cannot compete this summer. She will work with the team and she will learn the systems, so when she comes back for competition (hopefully next summer) she will be already in the middle of it.”
Added WolfPack head coach Chad Grimm who was in attendance as a guest coach: “ I thought both Iuliia and Alyssa represented themselves and TRU well. Although Alyssa didn’t make the final cut I thought she had a good camp overall and know she made the decision of the coaches tough with her performance.”
The National team will play in the FIVB World Grand Prix circuit in June along with the NORECECA Pan Am Cup in Santo Domingo (June 30-July 11).
Pakhomenko will return home at the end of June to begin preparing for her final year of CIS competition and at the same time continue the process of becoming a Canadian Citizen.”
She was the Canada West representative for the BLG Scholarship which was awarded earlier this month.