GPRC Wolves Women's Volleyball 2012-13
Great Cuban Experience for the Wolves
GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball team travelled to Havana, Cuba over the Christmas break and had the opportunity to meet and train with Cuban athletes.
The Wolves competed against a team that contained 5 Junior National Cuban team members, each day
learning more about the game. The Cuban team was a group of girls that were chosen to compete against the Wolves bringing a mix of different ages and levels. According to Jordan Drezet “I was paired up with a 16 year old girl who was outstanding, they [the Cuban players] pushed us to get better”. The Wolves ended up playing 4 matches winning two and losing two.
As far as technical play, the women learned a great deal about the game. Amy Norman goes on to say that “they [the Cuban players] may play the same technically, but their enthusiasm was amazing”. Tonya Dueck adds that “their [the Cuban players] communication was much different than ours and would use a simple sound, it would be like us calling for the ball”. Jordan Drezet tells an amusing story that “when we were playing pepper with our partners in warm-up, they would mock us when we were saying “mine” because they thought we sounded like birds”.
The tour was a cultural exchange where the team stayed in a hotel and experienced many areas of the city, notably having the opportunity to experience the Cuban lifestyle and discover some of their traditions. Coach John Slauenwhite adds that “we had the opportunity to visit the Havana Harbour, Old Havana, visit a fortress built in the 1500’s and experience some authentic Cuban salsa dancing”.
The team also visited a local orphanage, played games, spent time with the children and gave gifts from Canada. Amy Norman says that “the experience was very humbling and made me appreciate Canada a lot more. Spending time with the orphans and being able to give to less fortunate children felt great”.
The women got to know their Cuban opponents quite well and after the competition ended and on the last day of training, they exchanged gifts. Aidan Lutzman notes that “we gave them our old shoes, t-shirts, knee pads, and so on and in exchange we received things that they might have gotten from the market or a gift that meant something to them”. Drezet adds that the experience “made you want to give more and more to them because you can see that many of the players didn’t have shoes in great condition. It makes you really appreciate everything we have access to and are able to buy if we need”.
Coach Slauenwhite concludes that “the trip was a great way for the team to experience another culture as well as build on team bonding. The girls have come back refreshed, determined and very excited to start the second half of our season as we host the ACAC conference championships here in Grande Prairie”.
Women's Voleyball Tryout Times Announced
|Women's Volleyball Tryout Information
|Wed, Sep 4
|Thur, Sept 5
|Fri, Sept 6
Kate Porta Comes Home!
Grande Prairie, Alberta- Grande Prairie Regional College and Wolves Athletics are excited to announce the return of Kate Porta of Grande Prairie, Alberta to the GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball program for the 2013-14 season. Kate is a local product and was a high school standout at Grande Prairie Composite High School. Following high school, Kate came to the Wolves program where she captured the ACAC Rookie of the Year and was named an ACAC All Conference in her first year with the Wolves. Kate has also been named an ACAC All-Conference player three times and a CCAA All-Canadian.
“Kate is one of the most talented athletes I have coached over my years; she has a great awareness and feel for the game. Combine this with her athleticism and dedication she will bring some stability to the program. Her past experience and successes as an ACAC All Conference player and a CCAA All Canadian will provide great leadership to the team.” Stated retired Wolves Head Coach Ron Thomson.
Kate is eager to rejoin the program, “I have decided that after a year of rest for my knee, I feel it's time to see what kind of player I can be without injury. I am excited to work with a great group of girls and to take everything I've learned from coaching and bring it into my game.” said Porta.
John Slauenwhite, Wolves Head Coach stated, “We are thrilled to have an athlete such as Kate commit to our GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball program for the 2013-14 season. She is a strong athlete that has great character and a tireless work ethic.Kate will be a strong contributor to the Wolves team this coming season.”
Wolves add Amy Norman to their list of recruits for the 2013 - 14 season.
Grande Prairie, Alberta- Grande Prairie Regional College and the Department of Athletics are excited to announce the return of Amy Norman from Ft. St. John, British Columbia to the Wolves Women’s Volleyball program for the 2013-14 seasons. Amy is a 6’0” Outside hitter. Amy had a very successful high school career at North Peace Secondary School, participating in high school provincials and being selected to the Peace Regional All-Star game hosted by GPRC each December.
Amy is excited to rejoin the program, “I can't wait to attend GPRC and be enrolled in their Early Learning Childcare program, as well as play for the Wolves once again. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me (this summer) but I'm willing to put in the effort. ComeSeptember, I feel I can be a big asset to the team.” said Amy.
John Slauenwhite, Wolves Head Coach stated, “I’m excited to have an athlete such as Amy join our program. Amy brings a few things to the team that should be effective in the competitive ACAC with her height and physical strength. I feel through hard work on and off the court, Amy will be able to contribute in a positive manner next year.”
First New Recruit for Next Season
Grande Prairie, AB- Grande Prairie Regional College and the Department of Athletics are pleased to announce the commitment of Spirit River volleyball player Serena McNeil to the Wolves family for the 2013-14 seasons. Serena is one of the top middle recruits in Alberta this year.
McNeil, who played for Spirit River Regional Academy and was instrumental in her team winning Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association Silver (2010), Gold (2011), and Silver (2012). In 2011, Serena was involved with the Team Alberta 16U program and invited to the 18U Team Alberta try-outs last summer as a 17U aged athlete.
John Slauenwhite, Serena’s coach in Spirit River stated. “I have been fortunate over the past four years to have coached an athlete such as Serena at the High School and Club levels. Serena was a bit of a late comer to volleyball in grade nine. Her work ethic and determination have helped develop quickly as a player. Serena understands she will need to continue to make changes as an athlete to compete at the next level.
Serena is very excited to be joining a program, with a strong tradition of volleyball such as at Grande Prairie Regional College.
“I am excited to be joining the Wolves program next year. I feel honored that the coaches and team feel that I can be an integral part of such a successful program at GPRC.”
Athletic Players of the Week
|Team: Women's Volleyball
||Team: Women's Volleyball
|Program: Fitness Leadersip
||Program: Bachelor of Arts
|High School: Bratislava, Slovakia
||High School: Edmonton, AB
|Home Town: Bratislava High School
||Home Town: Harry Ainlay High School
Katarina is a first player with the Women’s Volleyball team but a veteran to College Athletics as she has played Basketball for GPRC for the last three seasons. Katarina is a great athlete who has taken to the game quickly. She is a student of the game who works hard to understand the new environment. Kat has developed into one on the best blockers in the ACAC because of her athleticism and size. The next phase of her game that is changing quickly is her ability to be a potent attacker. Look for Katarina to shine as the team makes a playoff run.
Neall is a second year outside hitter who hails from Edmonton. Her versatile ability to hit on the right side and left side has helped provide some stability and depth into the Wolves Line-up. Neall is a hard working athlete and good teammate. Neall is aspiring to become a famous actress as she works through the GPRC Drama Program.
For more information on Wolves Women's Volleyball contact:
John Slauenwhite, Head Coach
Grande Prairie Regional College