Mohawk volleyball recruits bring experience

Summer may almost be here, but Mohawk College women’s volleyball coach Andrew Nicholson has been extremely busy recruiting players for his Mountaineers. And there will be plenty of new faces on the squad when a new season starts in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play. Some of those new players include the following:

Charlotte C.S. Huitema is an outside hitter from Cayuga Secondary School. The 5-6 Huitema is a multi-sport athlete having played for Hagersville Devils midget Ontario Rural Softball Champions and the Dunnville Chargers in the Ontario Basketball Association for 3 years. In grades 9, 10, and 11 she was Female Athlete of the Year at Cayuga Secondary School and has competed provincially for Cayuga SS.

Charlotte will attend Mohawk College in September, 2012 enrolled in the Recreation and Leisure program.

“Charlotte is a true hidden gem; I think that she will grow at an exceptional rate with college coaching and with OCAA calibre players around her,” said Coach Nicholson. “Charlotte was a tremendous captain with Cayuga SS so she adds to our character quotient with this recruiting class.”

Janelle Nikita Morris is a 5-10 setter/right side hitter from Saint Michael, Barbados, where she was captain of the 2009 Barbados Jr. National Volleyball team. She was recognized as a Top 5 passer at the 2009 Junior Caribbean Volleyball Championships. Currently, Morris is a member of Carlton club volleyball program

“Janelle has played volleyball at an international level and can bring some stability to our roster when the pressure rises,” said her coach-to-be. “She has a solid background as a setter but we saw the potential for her to bring both a formidable block and a smooth offensive attack to our newly reshaped roster.”

Lynsay Collette starred at Grand River Collegiate Institute in high school lay and with the club team Kitchener-Waterloo Predators. The 5-8 setter was both a junior and senior girl’s volleyball most valuable player. From 2007 to 2012, Grand River CI was either a champion or finalists in zone playoffs and this year won a provincial silver medal in Quad A volleyball.

“From the moment I saw Lynsay run the offence for Grand River CI during OFSAA, I knew that she had a chance to be exceptional at the OCAA level,” noted Nicholson. “Her court vision and command was outstanding and I believe that she will thrive with the bevy of new hitters that we are bringing to Mohawk in the Fall. “Her training at the KW Predators shows through and she is definitely the calibre of player that we will continue to add to the Mohawk Varsity program going forward.”

Michelle Zwier, an outside hitter at 5-7 comes to the Mountaineers from Clarington Central Secondary School. Prior to that she played for the Ganaraska Wolves Volleyball Club and Knox Christian Elementary School. In 2008-09 she received an Award of Excellence from Ontario Volleyball and made the 2008-09 Academic Honor Roll. That year also saw her win a silver medal in Junior Beach Volleyball Tier 2.

In 2009-10 she received the Volleyball Most Dedicated Award at Clarington. The following season her school was regional Tier 2 Winners and Zwier received the Volleyball MVP Senior Girls Award. She was also recipient of an MVP award when her school competed at the Ottawa Invitational tournament.

“We are very pleased to have Michelle join our Mohawk Varsity squad for the 2012-13 season. She is a very skilled outside hitter that has been flying under the radar for her high school career but we believe she will blossom at the OCAA level. Michelle is a winner and will bring the right attitude to Mohawk Volleyball,” said Nicholson.

Renee Lacenaire, a 5-7.5 left side, played on the Burlington Blaze Volleyball Club (2009-2011), and currently is attending and playing volleyball for North Hastings High School. Last year she earned Offensive MVP at Milton District High School.