McMaster women’s volleyball coach Tim Louks didn’t have to travel too far to get the signatures on letters of intent for the McMaster Marauders first two recruits for next season: They both come from the Mountain Volleyball Club in Hamilton.
Setter Caitlin Genovy and middle Maicee Sorensen have accepted their offers of admission to attend McMaster this fall to join the ranks of the Maroon and Grey.
Graduating from Saltfleet District high school, the 5-foot-9 Genovy has captured several individual accolades, and has helped her high school and club teams to achieve success.
“I grew up watching the women’s volleyball team at McMaster. I love the energy that they bring to the court and the Burridge gym feels like home to me,” said Genovy. “I’ve had the privilege to work with Coach Louks over the years at McMaster volleyball camps and clinics and I really like his style of coaching.
“McMaster is a highly recognized academic facility that offers my program and the campus is close to home.”
The Female Athlete of the Year at Barton Secondary School, Sorensen stands 6-foot tall, and like her club teammate has received individual recognitions that mirror the success the team has enjoyed while competing in the Ontario Volleyball Association.
Sorensen says the decision to become a Marauder was a simple one, “McMaster is one of the better known universities in all of Canada for both academics and athletics. People walk proud in Marauder clothing here in Hamilton. I really can’t describe how thrilled I am to be both attending Mac and playing for the Marauders this year.”
Genovy and Sorensen served as co-captains on the MVC 18U team this season.
Louks believes the duo will bring a jolt of energy to the Mac line-up. “Caitlin and Maicee are local products that have improved over their time with the Mountain Volleyball Club. Genovy will need to adapt to the speed of the CIS game, but is easy to coach and shows a determination to improve.”
“Sorensen is a fast learner and eager to compete. She immediately makes us better in the middle, but may move to an outside role in the future.”