Tuesday, March 20th will see Niagara College play host to the 4th annual Niagara Region Girls' Volleyball Showcase at Welland Campus Athletic Centre. The event will feature 24 of the top high school girls' volleyball student-athletes representing 11 high schools from across the Niagara Region.
The athletes will be split into two teams, with each being coached by a pair of rookie student-athletes from the 2018 OCAA women's volleyball silver medalist Niagara Knights. Welland native and former showcase participant Natasha Desjardins (Jean Vanier) will helm one team, while teammate and fellow former showcase participant Tamara Edwards (St. Catharines, Eden) will lead the second team.
"This is an annual event that we really look forward to hosting" said Niagara Knights women's volleyball head coach Nathan Janzen. "The talent level that is put on display every year is simply outstanding. It's important that high school volleyball players are given the chance to shine at the end of the season, and we are excited to again welcome to Region's best on Tuesday night."
In addition to the chance to participate in the showcase high school teammates will have the unique chance to compete against one other. Coaches from each of the 11 participating high schools nominated athletes from their respective teams to participate in the game. In cases where two or more athletes were nominated from the same school, they were split up and will compete on opposite sides of the net adding an additional of friendly competition.
Niagara College began hosting showcase events in June 2014 when Niagara Knights men's and women's soccer head coach Frank DeChellis spearheaded the Niagara Region Soccer Showcase. Volleyball and basketball followed suit in the ensuing years, and now a total of six events comprise the Knights' annual Niagara Region high School showcase series.
The match will be a best-of-five format with a guarantee of four sets played. The event is free of charge and open to all members of the community. First serve is schedule for 6:00 pm
Team Natasha Desjardins
Montanna Taylor, Setter, Eden
Ashley Earle, Setter, Governor Simcoe
Lauren Vahrmeyer, Outside Hitter, Eden
Kaelyn Emslie, Outside Hitter, Laura Secord
Sydney Porte, Outside Hitter/Setter, Lakeshore Catholic
Veja Lianga, Outside Hitter, EL Crossley
Jenna Pollock, Outside/Middle, Sir Winston Churchill
Mia Nicholson, Middle, Thorold
Mackenzie Kostyk, Middle, Jean Vanier
Kate Fewick, Outside Hitter, AN Myer
Emily White, Denis Morris
Gabriella Lemay , Outside Hitter, Jean Vanier
Team Tamara Edwards
Kate Lafleur, Setter, Laura Secord
Grace Pollard, Setter, Lakeshore Catholic
Abby Julke, Setter, Stamford
Sadie Dick, Outside Hitter, Governor Simcoe
Anna Di Bacco, Outside Hitter, Eden
Emily McKnight, Outside Hitter, Lakeshore Catholic
Shaela Frado, Outside Hitter, EL Crossley
Jenny Connell, Outside Hitter/Setter, Sir Winston Churchill
Julia McPhail, Middle, Jean Vanier
Kathleen Longley, Middle, AN Myer
Maria Wilson, Middle, Stamford
Alexa Villeneuve, Libero, Thorold