Currently sitting in first-place in the West division of Ontario University Athletics at the mid-way point of the season, the McMaster women’s volleyball team is already looking ahead to next season, thanks to the Marauders first recruiting commitment.
Outside hitter Rachel Woock has told head coach Tim Louks she will join the program in the fall of 2015. Louks believes the Aurora native will be a great addition to the Maroon line-up.
“Fantastic fit,” exclaimed Louks, after he got the good news from Woock, whom he called a recruiting priority.
“Rachel will come in with her focus on becoming a top-level outside hitter and she will train in that position with her (Aurora Storm) club team, which is coached by Mr. Merv Mosher, who has been a very successful university level coach. That should enable her to contribute valuable minutes almost immediately.”
A member of Ontario’s provincial team, Woock has excelled at both the indoor game and on the beach circuit. She credits a high degree of familiarity with McMaster as being a key factor in her decision to join the Marauders.
“My sister is in her fourth year at Mac so I’ve been around the school for a long time and become very familiar with it,” said Woock. “I’ve also been going to the McMaster high performance volleyball camps for the last three years where I’ve gotten to know the coaching staff and the girls on the team really well. The girls have been very welcoming and I’m really looking forward to being part of the team.”
A standout player for the Storm, it’s expected that at 6-1, Woock’s length and vertical abilities will bring some steam to the Marauder outside attack.
“I’m very excited that I get to be part of such a successful volleyball program and go to a school with such a beautiful campus and high academic reputation,” said Woock who, with her commitment made, can now focus on her final year of high school and the upcoming club volleyball season.
Louks says after three years of watching Woock and building up a relationship, he has no doubt she will fit in well with the Marauders.
“As we head into 2015 it is pretty exciting to have one of our top recruits commit to McMaster at this point in the year.”