The offseason retooling has begun for the College of the Rockies Lady Avalanche with signing of four new recruits.
Setter Sarah Wood joins the Lady Avs after wrapping up her high-school career in Calgary.
“We are thrilled that Sarah has committed to play for the Avalanche,” said Cori Andrichuk, College of the Rockies manager of athletics, in a press release. “Her dedication and commitment to volleyball will be a welcome addition to the team.”
Wood will graduate from Centennial High School where she earned experience at various positions over her three years with the Centennial Coyotes.
“I am excited to meet new people, build close relationships and compete at a high level with a team that is ready to work hard and do what it takes to win,” Wood said in a press release.
The newest member of the Lady Avs was nominated for the Myrna Empy Award for outstanding female Calgary volleyball player and also garnered an invitation to Team Alberta selection camp.
Wood has also played for the Calgary Aces and Southern Alberta Volleyball Club.
In addition to the signing of Wood, College of the Rockies announced the signing of three more recruits.
The Lady Avs have also signed middle/right side Kennedy Koop, left-side hitter Adriel Goodman and left side Brooke Paulsen.
Goodman, from Nakusp, B.C., is a 6-foot left-side hitter. She spent last season as captain of the Nakusp Secondary School Cougars
In addition to sporting the captaincy for her high-school club, Goodman was the recipient of the school’s overall MVP award in consecutive years. As a multi-sport athlete, she was the keeper for her school’s soccer team and captain of the school basketball squad.
Koop, from Niverville, Manitoba (approximately 40 km south of Winnipeg), spent the past year with Providence University College, leading her team to the championship final in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.
Prior to playing for Providence, Koops was the captain of her high school team — the Niverville Panthers — and was named a provincial all-star in addition to receiving a Volleyball Manitoba graduating all-star designation.
Finally, Paulsen joins the Lady Avs after departing Providence University College.
Prior to playing college ball, Paulsen was captain of her high-school team and named MVP in each season she played.