St. Clair Women’s Volleyball Add Top Recruits for 2018-19
The St. Clair College Department of Athletics and women’s volleyball program has announced the signing of seven top recruits for the 2018-19 season. The women that will be joining the program are Ally Kozak, Sam Gerbig, Jen Taylor, Jaimie Randall, Kiana Huggins, Amelia Oliverio and Rileigh Davis.
Kozak, a native of Belle River is finishing up her high school diploma at Belle River District High School where she was a 1st Team WECSSAA All Star in 2018 and 2nd team in 2017. The 5’9 Outside Hitter is a member of the South County Bandits Volleyball Club. Ally has been accepted into the Pre-Health Science Program with plans to continue into Nursing the following year. Kozak can’t wait to start her career as a Saint. “I’m finally moving on to the next chapter of my life playing the sport I love with amazing coaches and an amazing group of girls to go through it with me. I’m looking forward to the new competition that the college level will offer and the opportunity to improve as a player.
Gerbig is a transfer for Holland College in Prince Edward Island. Sam played 2 seasons for the Hurricanes and led the ACAA in service aces last season. The 5’8 Outside Hitter is a native of Charlottetown, PEI. She went to Exploits Valley High in Windsor, Newfoundland. Gerbig has been accepted into the 3 year Sport & Recreation Management Program. Sam is excited to be making the trip from Prince Edward Island to Windsor. “I am super excited to be going to St. Clair! I knew it was the right fit for me when I spoke to the coaches, they seemed interested and excited to talk to me without even knowing me. They were also super helpful in my application process and ensured I was happy and felt welcomed even with me being on the other side of the country. I can’t wait to be a Saint this fall and play alongside my new teammates and learn from the coaches.”
Taylor, from Sarnia is winding down her high school career at St. Patrick’s High School. Jen is a 5’8 Setter that also plays for the Sarnia Twin Bridges Volleyball Club where she won the Award of Excellence in 2017. Taylor will be starting off her schooling at St. Clair taking the two year Early Childhood Education Program. Jen is also eager to begin her career as a Saint, “I am looking forward to beginning a new chapter in my life at St. Clair. It is important to me because I get to become a part of a new family both on the volleyball team and the St. Clair community. I am excited to be able to continue to play volleyball since it has been a big part of my life for the past 8 years. I am looking forward to an amazing and exciting experience at St. Clair and all that it has to offer!”
Randall is coming to St. Clair from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Jaimie is graduating from Fredericton High School where she was her team MVP the last 2 seasons which won the provincial championship in 2017. The 5’7 Libero is a member of the Reds Volleyball Club where her 18U team were the New Brunswick Volleyball Provincial Champions and she was selected to the Provincial Elite Program. Randall has been accepted into the three year Sport & Recreation Management Program. Jaime can’t wait to get to Windsor. “St. Clair has giving me the opportunity to pursue a higher education in a field that I am passionate about while also being able to continue playing the sport that I love. I am extremely excited to join the amazing group of girls next season!”
Huggins is from London, Ontario where she is finishing up her high school diploma at Saunders Secondary School where she was named team MVP in grades 9, 10 and 12. She was named a WOSSAA 1st Team All-Star. The 5’9 Outside Hitter is also a member of the London Fire Volleyball Club (LVC) where she was named Ms. Volleyball in London in 2018. As a member of the Forest City Club she won the 16U OVA Provincial Championship. Kiana is enrolled in the Pre-Health Science program with future plans to take a health related program. She is very excited to be coming down the 401 to become a member of the St. Clair Saints. “There are two reasons why I chose to start my post-secondary studies at St. Clair. One being is how much they put an emphasis on the student part of a student athlete. That impacted my decision because it is very important for me to leave with a quality education. The second reason why I chose St. Clair is because of their volleyball program. They have an amazing program and I am excited to be a part of it for the upcoming years.”
Oliverio, a native of Windsor, is graduating from St. Joseph’s high school this spring where she was named a 1st Team All Star in 2017 and 2018. The 5’8 Outside Hitter is also a member of the South County Bandits Volleyball Club where she was named a 16U OVA All-Star and named one of the top 7 players on the OVA for 16U females. Amelia has been accepted into the Pre-Health Science Program with plans to continue in the Nursing program the following year. Oliverio can’t wait to start the next chapter of her volleyball and education. “I have been watching the volleyball program at St. Clair grow over the last couple of years and it is something I am very proud to be a part of. The school met my academic goals perfectly and I am very excited and honoured to be a Saint next season!”
Davis, who hails from Georgetown, Ontario is winding up her high school career at Georgetown District High School. The 5’7 Setter has been a member of the Georgetown Impact Volleyball Club for several years. Rileigh has been accepted in the Pre-Health Science program with plans to move into a health related program the following year. Davis is also keen on her new destination. “I am really looking forward to the upcoming season. I like the feel of a smaller campus and facilities at St. Clair college. The girls welcomed me with open arms and I like the coaching staff philosophy. I am very excited to get started next as a Saint!”
St. Clair head coach Jimmy El-Turk is looking forward to adding these seven players to the team next year. “After a successful season on the court, we saw a lot of impactful players and people graduate form our program that left big shoes to fill. Our staff made recruiting a top priority this year and I think we have a really nice mix of athletes that fit the mold we are looking for. Sam, Kiana, Ally and Amelia will make up the core of our left side group next season. They have a great mix of high volleyball IQ, ball control, hyper competitiveness and a big arm that can score points from the left pin. Jaimie brings with her a winning pedigree, coming from a volleyball family. She has a wealth of experience playing for the top 18U girls team in New Brunswick and will bring bigtime stability to our service reception and as well as very good out of system setting from the Libero position. Finally, Rileigh and Jen provide much needed depth at the setting position. Rileigh comes from a volleyball family as well and brings a lot of experience to the table. Her volleyball IQ and her quiet leadership on the floor are going to be much needed additions to the roster. Jen is a hard working athlete who is going to fit into our team culture perfectly and will be looking to develop her skills throughout the year, making big contributions to our training environment and our locker room. We are thrilled with the athletes we have coming in and are excited for what the future has in store for Saints volleyball!”
St. Clair finished the 2017-18 regular season with a record of 13-5 in the OCAA West Division ending up in 3rd place. The Saints earned an OCAA Bronze Medal at the Championships, their first medal in women’s volleyball in 21 years.