After closing last season with a 7th place finish at the 2018 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, the Wolves 2018-2019 volleyball season kicked off with seven returning players, and eight rookies to the pack.
With a largely unchanged squad led by Grande Prairie native, fourth-year outside hitter Megan Koch, the Wolves round up the local contingent with third-year libero McKenna Wolstenholme and second-year Chloe Keay. Third-years Leah Friesen and Meagan Warner add experience to the young squad, with sophomores Vanessa Belzile and Cameron Golder rounding up the returning players.
Sitting second in the Conference for kills at the end of last season, Koch, who is also a two time All-Canadian and ACAC Conference Athlete is already proving to be a threat in the conference with a 3.64 kill per set average.
New to the pack this season include local athletes, Mackenzie Morgan and Karly Burkinshaw who both played their rookie seasons in the conference, Morgan with the Olds College Broncos and Burkinshaw with the SAIT Trojans. The Wolves also welcomed six new rookies in the form of Kelsey Dukart from Stony Plain and Bailey Chartrand from Edmonton, and Alex Pullishy and Tori Macooh from Spirit River. Piper Chillog and Taylor Henley, both graduates of St. Joseph Catholic High School are no strangers to the Grande Prairie volleyball community.
“I am really happy with our preseason training and competition,” says Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte. “We are laying the foundation and have started to establish ourselves on the court.”
Early into the season, the Wolves took on two of the traditionally top teams in their conference.
“That was exciting and really shows us early how hard we need to train and compete and where we need to improve. The North is a strong conference and we have to battle tough with our eyes on the top spots,” said LaMotte.
“We have two talented complimentary setters and a great line up of attackers to back them up. I am most excited for the potential for this team. We are always aiming to execute a higher level of play. The players put in an immense amount of work in the classroom, weight room and training”.