St. Clair Women’s Volleyball Add Three Top Recruits
The St. Clair College Department of Athletics and women’s volleyball program has announce the signing of three top recruits for the 2021-22 season. The women that will be joining the Saints program are Kate Williams, Krista Nichol and Annastasia Droppert. These three women join the three local recruits that were announced in December.
Williams is from Georgetown where she is attending Georgetown District High School. The 5’9 Setter also has played for the Georgetown Impact Volleyball Club. She was a member of Team Ontario Red in 2019 and Team Ontario Elite in 2020 with the Ontario Volleyball Association. Williams will be enrolled in Pre-Health Science program with plans to move on to the Bachelor of Nursing Degree.
Kate is looking forward to her educational and sport experience at St. Clair. “I chose St. Clair because I wanted to further my volleyball career, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity to play for Coach El-Turk, and be a part of a top college team. I am looking forward to studying in pre-health science, as it will expose me to the nursing program, and other careers in the health field.”
Coach El-Turk can’t wait to add Williams to his roster, “Kate is a talented setter coming from one of the top club teams in her age category. She is a high character teammate with a very well rounded skill set who will push to make our gym better from day one. She has played in big matches her entire club career and will bring a lot of winning experience to the team.”
Nichol is a Hamilton native who will be graduating from Westmount Secondary School where she was a three time MVP and was named a league All-Star twice. The 5’11 Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker also has played for the Smash Raiders Volleyball Club where she was named team MVP three times. Nichol was a member of Team Canada in 2018 for the Canada vs Michigan CANUSA matches. Krista is looking forward to taking the two year Fitness and Health Promotion Program.
Nichol is excited to join the Saints program. “I am looking forward to joining the great environment with the Saints. Their athletic facilities are second to none. St. Clair offers the academic program I am looking for and at the end of the day I knew it was the college I want to dedicate myself to.”
“Krista is a hyper-competitive, multi-positional athlete that will make our training environment better from the onset. Adding a point scoring athlete who can play both middle blocker and outside hitter gives our roster a lot of flexibility and we look forward to seeing Krista grow into a contributor at both positions,” stated El-Turk.
Droppert is from Dunnville where she is finishing up high school at Smithville Christian High School where she finished 4th at OFSAA in 2019 and 2020. Annastasia was named her high school team MVP in 2019 and 2020. The 5’11 Outside Hitter will be enrolled in the Pre-Health Science Program followed by the Bachelor of Nursing Degree. Droppert also played club volleyball for the Smash Raiders Volleyball Club where she was the 17U Most Improved Player.
Annastasia chose St. Clair College because of the quality education and top level volleyball program. “St. Clair offers me the opportunity to excel in the sport that I love, while also being supported by my teammates and coaches. I am looking forward to being on campus in the Fall and I can’t wait for the new opportunities that will be provided by the college,” stated Droppert.
Coach El-Turk is looking forward to Droppert’s addition to the Saint’s roster. “Anna is a dynamic athlete that has experience playing all 3 attacking positions. She is a high flying outside hitter with point scoring potential and fits the mold of the type of athlete we want to bring into our program.”
St. Clair finished the 2019-20 regular season with a record of 13-5 in the OCAA West Division ending up in 3rd place. The Saints won bronze at the OCAA Championship only losing to the eventual champions Fanshawe in the semi final. The Saints were ranked as high as 3rd in the OCAA during the season and were ranked as high as 13th in Canada.