Heat women’s volleyball has added star national-level setter

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Sara McCreary will bring with her a long list of volleyball experience and accomplishments when she joins the Heat program this coming fall

KELOWNA, BC — Sara McCreary, the 5’10” setter coming out of Edmonton’s Jasper Place High school, has played a stand-out high school volleyball career, and earned an extensive collection of individual and team recognitions along the way.

Playing club with the Panada’s Volleyball Club in 2012, McCreary was a champion, winning the 15U Provincial Championships and then won again with Team Alberta when she led her squad to the Western Canada Elites Championships.

In 2014, she and her Team Alberta teammates were National Team Challenge Cup champions, and she was recognized as an All-Star for the tournament.

Sara was a member of the Canadian Youth National Team in the summer of 2015 between her junior and senior year in high school.

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Sara McCreary (7) Photo by CHRIS COLBOURNE – St. Albert Gazette

With the Rebels in 2015, her junior year at Jasper Place, they won the Division 1 City Championships, her high school team and she was an Edmonton Journal All-Star which she repeated as an all-star in 2016. Sara was also a city wide Health & Wellness Award nominee.

Also in both 2015 and 2016, McCreary on the the Pandas volleyball club 18U squad, hit the double on being named an all-star, during both years she was named a Volleyball Alberta Provincial All-Star.

Not only has she won a provincial all-star this club season so far in 2016 but Sara has led her Pandas club team to the 18U Volleyball Alberta provincial championship and a national bronze medal.

With Sara’s outstanding play at the Club championships in Edmonton in early May she earned herself a tryout for Team Canada’s Junior national team.

Sara was also an Edmonton Health & Wellness Award nominee.

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Sara (7) on Team Alberta

Aside from volleyball, McCreary competes at a high level as an all-around athlete. This past year, she earned second place in the ASAA Olympic Lifting Competition, and third place in the High School CrossFit Games.

Having competed on a number of national stages, and had success at many of those, Sara had her pick of a number of different schools and programs. “I chose UBCO because of how awesome the team dynamic is,” she said. “Everyone is super supportive and it’s just a really enjoyable environment to be part of. On top of that they are a very competitive team in CIS and have a great coaching staff.”

She added, speaking of both her upcoming career as a student of Human Kinetics and as a member of the UBC Okanagan volleyball program. “I am really excited to come to UBC Okanagan this fall. I am counting down the days until I get to become a part of the Heat.”

Sara’s enthusiasm is reciprocated in her new coach’s appreciation for her game and what she will bring to the Heat. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome Sara to our Heat program. I’ve been watching her play for several years now and have always been impressed with her level of compete,” said Heat head coach Steve Manuel.

“My feeling from watching her play was that she was a hard worker and a strong leader, along with being a great player. Then it was when she came on her official visit that she truly made a huge impression with not only her on court abilities but with her overall character. I believe that Sara is a perfect fit for what we are trying to accomplish here at UBC Okanagan.”

Sara will have a number of first year players helping her fit in with the Heat at UBC Okanagan as she joins Brooklyn Reynolds (6-3 M, Regina, SK), and right side / setter Natalie Livingston (6-1, Kelowna), Sydney McKinlay (5-11 OH, Penticton) and a university transfer, Aidan Lea (6-5 M, Kelowna, BC) from the University of Colorado.