McMaster women’s volleyball coach Tim Louks has scored a recruiting coup, with the commitment of Canadian national beach team member Sophie Bukovec, who will don Maroon for her indoor career.
Standing 6-foot-2, Bukovec has represented Canada at the U19 World Championships in Cyprus and the U21 World Championships in Halifax. She is currently training for an upcoming NORCECA qualification event, where a top-six finish will qualify her and her partner for the U19 and U21 World Championships this summer in Cyprus and Croatia respectively.
“Impact is what every coach wants from every player and I think Sophie will make an immediate positive impact on our program,” said Louks.
“We will work to balance her indoor commitment with our team and her beach commitment with Team Canada. She will be stretched by this, but we will handle it intelligently to achieve balance and allow her to strive for excellence.”
While her beach credentials are impressive, Bukovec is no stranger to the indoor game. She recently helped power her Bishop Allen Cardinals of Etobicoke to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Quad-A gold medal championship.
“McMaster is well known for its athletics as well as its academics and that seems to be a perfect fit,” said Bukovec, whose older sister Natalie plays on the Mac soccer team. “Meeting the team and the head coach made my decision easier. The girls were very inviting and I can’t wait to get to know them and the coaching staff on a more personal level.”
Two of her new Mac teammates, Melanie Walsh and Lauren Mastroluisi, played club with Bukovec on Burlington Defensa, which should help her transition to Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
“I feel relieved I have made my decision, and am very excited to be playing indoor as a Marauder,” said Bukovec. “The team is a contender and I’m thrilled to be able to help them become even stronger.”
“Many would say she is actually a better indoor player than a beach player,” added Louks. “That being said, I know that McMaster fans are going to enjoy watching her compete in Maroon and Grey.”
Bukovec is the third recruit to commit to the Marauders, following the earlier announcement of Maicee Sorensen and Caitlin Genovy from the Mountain Volleyball Club. Coach Louks expects to add one or two more new players before closing the door on recruiting for 2013.