LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western women’s volleyball coach officially unveiled the first three commitments for his 2017 recruiting class, which includes local products Ansah Odoom (Surrey, B.C.) and Avery Heppell (Langley) and Albertan Dora Komlodi (Calgary).
Ansah Odoom (Surrey, B.C.)
The 5-foot-10 outside comes to the Spartans via Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, where she will graduate from this month, and the Ducks Volleyball Club.
With the Ducks, Odoom led her team to a gold medal at the 2017 provincial championship where she was named tournament MVP. Odoom and the Ducks went on to finish fifth overall at the national tournament. Those results came on the heels of a silver-medal winning performance at the provincial tournament last year and a ninth place finish overall at the Canadian championships.
With Lord Tweedsmuir, she helped her team to fifth-place finishes at the provincial championships in both Grade 11 and 12 and was named a tournament all-star in both years.
“Ansah brings a high level of physicality and athleticism,” Hofer said. “She jumps out of the gym, hits a heavy ball, brings great attacking range and all-around ball-control skills. She’s an outside hitter who can play both sides of the court. She also brings a lot of competitive fire and we’re excited to add her to our team.”
In a poll of conducted by Howard Tsumura (Varsity Letters) in December, Odoom tied for fourth amongst the top girls volleyball players in B.C. The poll is comprised of head coaches from B.C.’s U SPORTS and NCAA programs
“I wanted to play for the women’s volleyball at TWU because the coaches are amazing and the team is very warm and inviting,” Odoom said. “The girls are awesome to play with and I got to know some amazing people that share the same love for the game as I do. On top of all that, I get to go to an amazing school.”
Odoom plans to study psychology or communications at TWU.
Avery Heppell (Langley, B.C.)
Avery Heppell, who will graduate from Langley Fundamental this year, becomes the first Heppell to join the women’s volleyball team, but does so with a familiar name to TWU, as she follows in the footsteps of her older cousins Tyler and Braden, who both spent time with the Spartans men’s volleyball team.
At 6-foot-3, Heppell, who can play both middle and right side, has the height and talent to make a serious impact on the Spartans roster in the not too distant future.
“We’re excited to add our first Heppell to our team,” Hofer said. “Avery brings a lot of size to the floor. She’s tall and physical and for a woman with her height, she has some of the best ball-control that I’ve seen. She has an incredible work ethic and I’m excited to see how she develops in our gym. She’s really versatile and can play a few different positions and I’m looking forward to see how she will impact our program.”
With Force Volleyball Club, Heppell earned two provincial gold medals and one silver medal. She also won a silver medal at the 17U national championships.
“I chose to play for Trinity Western because of the amazing school and community that exists,” Heppell said. “They also have a great business program and obviously the volleyball program is excellent.”
Dora Komlodi (Calgary)
Komlodi, who is a 5-foot-8 setter, will graduate from Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks, Alta., and her arrival at TWU harkens memories of Spartan alum Kelci French, who was also a setter who came to TWU via Okotoks.
Komlodi enjoyed plenty of success at the club level with the Junior Dino Women’s Volleyball Club, winning three consecutive provincial titles, from 2015 to 2017.
Komlodi also helped lead her high school team to its first ever 4A provincial championship appearance in
“We are thrilled and feel really blessed that Dora has chosen TWU,” Hofer said. “She is a smooth setter who has great location. She’s quick to the ball and is a great defender. She has a great mind for the game and she has the type of work ethic we are looking for in our gym.”
Komlodi, who plans to study business, said: “I am choosing to attend TWU because of its outstanding academics, its amazing volleyball program and its unique community. I’m so excited to continue my educational, spiritual and volleyball journeys as a Spartan.”