Middle from Saskatoon Commits to Avs

Russell Lefley, a 6'5" middle from Saskatoon, SK has committed to the Avalanche for the 2015-16 season.  Russell was a late comer to volleyball but has been competing in track, basketball and football until his final year at Marion Graham.  Senior year Lefley decided to focus on volleyball to see where it could take him.  It turns out it took him pretty far:

Most improved athlete for Saskatchewan Volleyball Assoc in 2014
Starting middle for Provincial team
Starting middle in Club (HVC) in his second season
Starting middle for senior year at Marion Graham - helped to team an 11-1 record and 3rd in playoffs

Russell is ready for the challenges that he will face as an Av and is ecstatic to come to Cranbrook and play for the Avalanche.  Russell will be taking Kinesiology.

Sarah Wood commits to the Avalanche for 2015-16

Sarah Wood comes to the Avalanche from Calgary, AB where she will be graduating from Centennial High School this june.  At Centennial, Sarah played all 3 years for the Coyotes in various positions until Gr. 12 where she established herself as the starting setter.  Sarah has continued to be a starting setter in club playing for the Calgary Ace Ace's  and the SAVC Shock.

Sarah's hard work, determination and patience earned her nominations for the Myrna Empy Award and Outstanding Female Calgary volleyball player as well as an invitation to Team Alberta Selection.
Sarah can't wait to get to Cranbrook to join the Avalanche community and says she is "excited to meet new people, build close relationships and compete at a higher level with a team that is read to work hard and do what it takes to win."

Kennedy Koop signs with the Avs

Kennedy Koop, a middle/right side from Niverville, Manitoba has committed to the Lady Avs for the 2015-16 season.  Kennedy was the captain of the Niverville Panthers where she was awarded All Star at Provincials in her final year and received a Volleyball Manitoba graduating All Star designation.

Kennedy played club volleyball for 5 years, the last 2 with the Shock Volleyball Club in Winnipeg, MB. Kennedy's hard work and dedication in club volleyball and she was proud to be the starting middle for her 5 year club career.  Koop also played one year at Providence University College where she lead her team to the championship final in the MCAC.  Kennedy was voted to the North-Central All Region Team and to the NCCAA 2nd Team All-American.  Kennedy is excited to play for the COTR Avalanche and will be enrolling in the Office Administration  program.

Avs sign Adriel Goodman from Nakusp, BC

The Avs are please to welcome Adriel Goodman a 6'0 left side hitter from Nakusp, BC.  

Adriel started for the Naskusp Secondary Cougars and was captain of the team throughout her high school career. Goodman received the school's overall MVP award 2 years in a row and was also the keeper for her soccer team and captain of both the soccer and basketball teams.  Adriel is very excited to be playing with the Avalanche ladies and looking forward to attending College of the Rockies.  Adriel is enrolled in the Engineering program at COTR. 

Av Men welcome another Aussie Recruit

College of the Rockies will have some more help from Down Under next season.  Avs Head Coach John Swanson is pleased to announce the signing of Patrik Toze from Queensland, Australia.

Toze has garnered many volleyball accolades though the years.  He was the U19 state MVP in 2014, named to the Junior Australian team for the Asian Junior championships and was the MVP for the State Schools Cup in 2013.  Patrik is the 3rd Australian player recruited by the Avalanche over the past 4 years.  "This is the perfect next step for me and my volleyball aspirations.  After talking with former head-coach Steve Kamps, I knew I would fit right in with the team and be challenged on the courts" says Toze.  "I couldn't be happier coming into the next season and I eagerly anticipate travelling to Cranbrook for September ."  Patrik will be taking the Kinesiology program at COTR.  

Lady Avs welcome new recruit Brooke Paulsen

Brooke Paulsen, a left side from Oakbank, Manitoba is very excited to be joining the COTR Avalanche for the 2015-2016 season. As captain of the Springfield Sabres, she was awarded with MVP every year for her high school team and had the privilege of being a starting power for all 5 years of her club career. When finished her club seasons, Brooke enjoyed much success in playing beach during the off season.

After receiving MVP for two consecutive years at Providence Sports Camps, Paulsen decided to join the Providence University College Pilots for her freshman year. Being a starting left side, Paulsen lead the team to the NCCAA Div II regional championship and to the MCAC championship as well.

Brooke is very excited to make the move to BC to play with such a talented group of student athletes and bring her volleyball to the next level.

Brooke will be enrolled in the University Studies Program at COTR.

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