Lancers women’s volleyball head coach Lucas Hodgson is pleased to announce the early commitment of two standout recruits, Erin Epema and Lexi Pollard, for the 2016-17 season.
By Elisa Mitton
Epema, a 5’9 outside hitter from Regina, Saskatchewan, joins the Lancers from the Regina Cougars volleyball club. Also a member of the Saskatchewan provincial team this past summer, Epema was recently named the Saskatchewan volleyball player of the year.
“Adding an athlete with Erin’s player experience and skill is very exciting for our program,” said coach Hodgson. “Her competitive nature will be something that will help our program continue to grow.”
Empena rounded out her high school career last month leading her Campbell Collegiate team with the AAAAA championship, and is looking forward to continuing her education and playing experience at the University of Windsor. “I am very excited to become a Lancer,” said Epema. “The minute I stepped onto the campus everyone was very friendly and welcoming.”
Empena will study in the Faculty of Science in September.
A native of Alliston, Ontario, Pollard is a 6’1 left handed outside hitter that will join the Lancers from the Aurora Storm volleyball club, one of the top clubs in Ontario.
As a member of the Region Five team, Pollard competed in the Ontario Winter Games and has also received the OVA award of excellence on two separate occasions.
“Lexi is another impact player that will bring size and a resilient work ethic that will help us in our goal as a program,” – Hodgson.
Preparing to study in the Faculty of Human Kinetics in the coming fall, Pollard is confident in her decision to attend the University of Windsor. “After learning everything there was to know about the school, I couldn’t find one thing I didn’t like about the school,” commented Pollard. “Something that really stuck out to me was the support the entire school has, academically and athletically. Students are lined up to succeed regardless of whether they’re in the classroom or on the court.”
Hodgson continued, “both of these athletes are coming in to compete right away and make a difference on this team and that is exciting for us going into the next couple of years.”