Calgarian chooses Marauders volleyball

Carly Heath (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Carly Heath (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Carly Heath (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Carly Heath (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Not shy about looking outside Ontario for talent, Marauder women’s volleyball coach Tim Louks has plucked his latest recruit from Alberta, as libero Carly Heath has accepted her offer of admission to McMaster and will join the team this fall.

Always working to promote competition for playing time to raise team intensity, Louks says Heath will bring a solid skill set to the Mac effort. “Carly makes us better as she brings a great defensive and passing presence to the court.”

A native of Calgary, Heath says heading to Hamilton is a big step but she wanted to move away from home for her post-secondary education.

“I love Ontario and have family close by so that is why I chose McMaster,” said the multi-sport competitor, who also plays basketball, soccer, and runs track. “I met Coach Louks last summer and really liked how he talked about the sport and the team.

“I’m nervous about moving that far away and starting new, but at the same time so excited to be playing on a competitive team at the next level.”

A solid beach player as well as being successful indoors, Heath has been part of three national championship teams with the Calgary Junior Dinos volleyball club. Along with winning numerous provincial and national medals for both indoor and beach, Heath represented Canada with her Junior Dinos club team at the NOCECA 16U championships in Guatemala.

Louks expects his newest Marauder will be in the mix for playing time as the team looks to replace libero Meagan Nederveen, who graduated.

“I believe Carly improves the defensive IQ of the team immediately,” said Louks. “She brings a record of success and will add to the positive competitive environment we want to build on the court and in the locker room.”

The commitment of Heath brings the 2013 Marauder recruiting class up to four members as she joins previous commits Caitlin Genovy and Maicee Sorensen of Hamilton and Sophie Bukovec of Toronto.