Volleyball recruits give depth to Marauders

mcmasterThe McMaster women’s volleyball team wrapped up its 2009 recruiting class.

Kailee Stock (Newmarket) and Amanda Weldon (Freelton), both 2007-08 Team Ontario members, will join the Marauders for the 2009-10 Ontario University Athletics’ season. In March, McMaster announced that 2007-08 Team Ontario under 17 member, Lauren Skelly (Whitby) had committed to McMaster.

Stock is a 6’0″ outside hitter who played for the Aurora Storm volleyball club for five seasons, earning a silver provincial medal last season and a fourth place finish at the Volleyball Canada nationals in 2007/2008.

At the high school level, Stock won the York region title in all four years at Aurora High School, placing fourth at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations twice (2007 and 2008) and capturing the OFSAA title in 2008/2009.

McMaster head coach Tim Louks noted that Kailee has been coached by Merv Mosher as part of the Aurora Storm program for the past four years. “She has absorbed great information from a true master coach of the game,” said Louks.

“Most recently, she has demonstrated her influence in different environments, helping propel her high school to OFSSA gold and her club team Aurora Storm to provincial silver. I am very excited to introduce Kailee as part of the Marauder landscape for the future.”

Weldon is a 5’7″ setter from Waterdown District High School. She is a member of the badminton, ultimate frisbee, track and soccer teams. She also captained both the basketball and volleyball teams, leading the Warriors to an OFSAA volleyball bronze medal in 2008/2009.

Weldon is a member of the Mountain Athletic Club (MAC), where she competed in 2006/2007 and 2007/2008. She was also a member of the Ontario Summer Games beach volleyball team in 2007/2008.

Louks indicated that “Amanda comes to McMaster from the MAC club coached by Michael Fuchs. She was also a key member of the Waterdown H.S. program, coached by Andrew Cambridge and previously Gary Banting. Amanda has developed a strong understanding of the game over the years and has always been around the program in many capacities. She is very, very fast with good explosive action. We are fortunate that she has decided to study here and to continue playing volleyball here. I believe she will learn quickly what is required to compete and excel in the university environment. She will be fun to watch as she makes the transition.”

Skelly recently received the 2009 Durham Attack Club Award, for her contribution to the team. The club award is a most prestigious honour bestowed by the organization. Skelly was also featured in the Durham schools “Faces of the Future” publication representing Sinclair Secondary school.

Overall, Louks could not be more pleased about the 2009/2010 recruiting class.

“The addition of Skelly, Stock and Weldon bolster the structure of our team.

McMaster is adding some high quality young women to the program. It is all about the right fit for us and we have spent a good amount of time and energy making sure we hit the floor jumping in next season with these additions”.

McMaster will begin training camp in September and will host the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) women’s volleyball championship in 2011/2012.