Lauren Skelly, a member of Team Ontario Under 17, has committed to the McMaster Marauders women’s volleyball team.
Skelly is the starting 6’1″ Left Side player from the Durham Attack 18U Black, the defending Ontario and Canadian Champions. She will join Mac players Kaila Janssen and Shannon McRobert, both graduates of the Durham Attack program. On the Marauders’ men’s team, Shayne Petrusma is an Attack grad.
Skelly, a Whitby native, is the captain of the Sinclair Celtics, the defending Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) AAAA champion. She brings a 90% academic average with her.
Prior to focusing on sports, she was involved for six years in competitive dance and musical theatre with numerous awards. She has attained the Intermediate level at the Royal Academy of Dance vocational ballet program, with Mark of Distinction.
Skelly is also an accomplished soccer player, and has three years of beach volleyball experience.
“I am very excited about Lauren’s commitment to McMaster both academically and athletically,” said McMaster head coach Tim Louks. “She has good passing skills, but most impressive is her blocking and defending. Both of these elements will make us better and certainly more accountable defensively almost immediately”.
When asked about how Skelly fits into the McMaster program, Louks said, “I have had a chance to evaluate and determine Lauren’s fit into our program over the last three years. I think she makes situations and teams that she competes with better with her support, energy and determination.
“She will be comfortable in our team room, practice court and competitive floor as she acclimatizes to the university game. I expect her improvement to be rapid as her exposure to the intensity and speed increases. She has a very heavy arm swing and can control attacking with a variety of shots. She will be fun to watch.”