Marauders bolster presence at the net

McMaster head coach Tim Louks has used some low-level reconnaissance to bolster his Marauders women’s volleyball club for next season.

Louks announced the commitment of Alicia Jack from Hamilton as the Marauders’ first recruit of 2012. Standing 6-foot-2, Jack has been an outstanding middle blocker for her St. Jean de Brebeuf high school squad and the Hamilton Smash club team which competes in the Ontario Volleyball Association.

“I think Alicia has flown under the radar because she hasn’t had great exposure as a volleyball player,” said Louks. “Everyone will need to be patient, especially her, but she can be very physical above the net right now. She is a local product who is a very strong athlete and I believe she has a huge upside.”

A multi-sport competitor, Jack also attracted recruiting interest as a basketball player, but had decided prior to her last year of high school that she would pursue a volleyball career at the university level.

“Words can’t describe how excited I am to be coming to McMaster,” said Jack, who is getting ready to compete in May’s OVA playoffs. “Coach Louks was very clear during the recruiting process about the opportunities he could provide for me at Mac.

“I’m looking forward to furthering my knowledge of the sport and I know this is a place where I can develop not only as an athlete, but as a person.”

The McMaster women’s volleyball team will be host for the 2012 Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s volleyball championship.