The Camosun Chargers Women’s Volleyball program is priming up for an exciting new season with a core of seven returning athletes and ten newcomers eager to make their mark on the PACWEST stage.
“We have a lot of new faces compared to last year, including some transfer athletes, says Chargers Head Coach Brent Hall. “We have a decent mix of maturity and a keen group of rookies so it’s a squad I’m looking forward to watching for the next couple of years. Everyone is buying in and competing with each other in a healthy way and we’ve got more depth so we’re able to challenge each other a little bit more in training and progress a little bit more quickly.”
New to the Chargers this year is Laura Greene from Nanaimo who played last season for the PACWEST Champion and CCAA Silver Medalist Douglas College Royals. Third-year ACAC transfer Sydney Svicenec from Keyano College will bring an added set of skills and maturity to the program along with Maddison Yule from Powell River who signed up with Camosun following a stint at Blue Mountain Community College in Oregon.
Suiting up for the Chargers in their rookie season are Belmont Secondary grads Olivia Godek and Hannah May, Bella McKimmie from Vic High and Vancouver Island recruit Julia Kretzschmar from Campbell River. Further from home are Delaney Kitchen from Terrace, Madyson Hautz who hails from Regina and Mika Yamada who comes to Camosun from her hometown of Sendai, Japan.
Making their return to the program are three veteran student-athletes from the Chargers 2017 CCAA National Silver Medalist squad: fifth-year Mychaela Roelants, fourth-year athlete and team co-captain Katie Wayling and third-year Megan Ireland who was named a 2017-18 PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star and PACWEST 2016-17 Rookie of the Year.
Rounding out the list of returnees are second-year athletes Correina McNeice, Samantha Scott, Rayelle Zacharuk and team co-captain Lauren Montgomery-Stinson.
Find the 2018-19 Camosun Chargers Women’s Volleyball team roster and profiles here.
“We’ve got a handful of really exciting athletes in-house,” states Coach Hall. “Megan Ireland is always fun to watch. She gets up there and touches around 10 feet, which is pretty exceptional for our level. Mychaela Roelants and Rayelle Zacharuk have also been great to watch so far in exhibition play. Our fans can expect to see some tenacious defense and some long rallies this season. Our offense is really coming along and we are looking forward to posting more wins this season!”
The Chargers open the 2018-19 PACWEST season this weekend in Abbotsford as they take on the Columbia Bible College Bearcats.
Fri Oct 12 Camosun at CBC Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat Oct 13 Camosun at CBC Women 1pm; Men 3pm
Watch it live on SportsCanada.TV
“CBC always does a good job of competing,” comments Coach Hall. “My understanding is that they have done some rebuilding so they’re going to be a very young squad. The weekend will be a good match up for us for our first couple of games and hopefully we can come away with two wins.”
Local fans can catch the Chargers in their home openers on Friday, October 19 at PISE as the Camosun volleyball teams take on the Douglas College Royals. Women 6pm; Men 8pm.