After saying good bye four stand-out fifth-years - Kelsi Boroevich, Sarah Hughes, Kolby Richter, and Kira Sutcliffe - the Capilano women's volleyball team has brought in a talented recruiting class that joins a strong cast of returning players to keep the Blues competitive in 2017-18 and beyond.
Mackenzy Sparks-Guest, Gleneagle Secondary, Coquitlam
Mackenzy Sparks-Guest heads to Capilano after compiling a strong resume at the high school, provincial, and national levels – on both the court and on the beach. The outside hitter for Gleneagle Secondary and the Coquitlam Ducks club team won medals at numerous provincial and national tournaments since 2014, including a gold medal at the u15 BC Summer Games and a BC Provincial Championship in 2016 – where she was also a Tournament All-Star. In 2017, Sparks-Guest also finished second at Provincials and 5th in Div 1 Tier 1 at Nationals. A strong overall athlete, she also played basketball, soccer, and track and field in high school.
“I would love to attend CapU next year to continue my volleyball career at the post-secondary level as well as continue my education and achieve my academic goals,” said Sparks-Guest. “CapU gives me the best of both worlds with providing me with both an academic and athletic lifestyle.”
Emma Schill, Earl Marriott Secondary, Surrey
A two-year starting left side for the Earl Marriott Mariners, Emma Schill won a silver medal at provincials in her grade 11 year and then a bronze the following season – also winning the Fraser Valley Championships in 2016. Also a member of the Coquitlam Ducks – consistently one of the top club teams in the province – Schill has played nearly every position on the court, playing mostly as a right or left side, but also setting at several tournaments for Earl Marriott and often taking on the role of defensive specialist for the Ducks.
Sarah Curleigh, Handsworth Secondary, North Vancouver
The captain of the Handsworth Secondary Royals during her senior season, Sarah Curleigh will continue her volleyball career on the North Shore with the Blues. Curleigh won a AAAA Provincial title with the Royals in 2015 in her grade 11 season, and the following year Handsworth won gold – with Curleigh being named a First Team All-Star. At the club level, she has been a member of Apex U18 in her grade 11 season, and the BCO Elite team in grade 12.
Rounding out the returning class are Zoe Dendes, a setter from Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo; Alex Neenan from Penticton Secondary; and Teodora Cikojevic from Burnaby Central.