DURHAM LORDS NEWS RELEASE
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Durham College women’s volleyball introduces 2012 recruiting class
OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College women’s volleyball head coach Shane Christopher is pleased to announce the addition of five recruits to the Lords line-up for next season.
Joining the team will be outside hitters Rayan Bourne, Amy Hogan and Stephanie Larose along with middles Jessica Van Staalduinen and Raechel Mohns.
“The coaching staff is very excited to add this type of talent to our line-up next season,” said Christopher. “All of the players are aware of the winning tradition in women’s volleyball at Durham College and they are ready to hit the court in September and compete for a provincial title.”
Hometown: Whitby, Ont.
Bourne, a 5-8 outside hitter from Whitby, Ont. played club volleyball with the Durham Attack and now with the Ganaraska Wolves. For two straight seasons, she played in the Ontario Summer Games. In 2011, her team went undefeated to win the championship, where she ended the final match with a kill. Her teams went on to win the 17U provincial cup East in Kingston, as well as the 16U East Canadian Nationals in Calgary.
She also played four years for Sinclair SS. In 2010-11, the Celtics went undefeated winning the LOSSA and OFSAA championship. In 2009-10, she was named the MVP on the volleyball team as well as winning the MVP at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau volleyball tournament.
Hometown: Prince George, BC
Hogan. a 5-10 outside hitter from Prince George, BC joins the Lords after playing three seasons with the Mt. Baker Volleyball Club, Victoria Titans and Duchess Park SS. In high school, she was named the senior girls MVP for three straight seasons and was team captain in 2010 and 2011. At the provincial championship in those years, she was named a provincial all-star.
With the Victoria Titans, her club had great success at the provincial and national level. In 2008, the Titans were provincial champions and won bronze at nationals, where she was named a national all-star. In 2009 and 2010, her team won silver and bronze respectively at provincials where she was once again named to the all-star team.
Hogan also had the honour of playing for the British Columbia provincial team in 2010.
Hometown: Whitby, Ont.
Larose is an all-around player that can be used at any position, having played power, middle and libero in club and high school volleyball.
She has played with a number of clubs in the OVA, including the Ganaraska Wolves, Clarington Grizzlies and the DRVC. In two years with the DRVC, she was the team captain where she led her squad to a number of OVA tournament titles.
Playing for Saint-Charles-Garnier in high school, Larose led her team to two SMASH tournament titles.
JESSICA VAN STAALDUIEN
Hometown: Peterborough, Ont.
Van Staalduien, a 5-10 middle from Peterborough played club volleyball last season with Ganaraska. In tournament play, the Wolves won a medal at every OVA tournament this season, winning one gold, two silver and one bronze.
In high school, Van Staalduinen played four seasons with the Crestwood Mustangs. She was the captain of the team in 2012 and was the team MVP.
Hometown: Pembroke, Ont.
Mohns, will add depth to the Lords line-up in the middle position. For the past five season, she has gained valuable experience playing with the Knights Volleyball Club.
At the 2012 provincial championship, her team reached the podium as they finished in third place. She has also earned a number on individual awards with the Knights program having been named the leadership and perseverance award winner. She was also the captain of the team.
The Lords 2012 complete schedule will be released later this month. For information on the Durham Lords and the women’s volleyball program, visit www.durhamlords.com <http://www.durhamlords.com> .
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