The UBC Heat have announced the signing of Katy Klomps, a 6’1 middle blocker from Surrey Christian School, to the women’s volleyball team. Klomps is an exciting addition to the team, as she is the first recruit for the Heat as a member of Canada West.
Graduating this June, Katy is entering post-secondary competition with an impressive resume that includes U-16 Provincial and National Championships in 2009, U-17 Provincial Championship in 2010 and the BC High School AA Championship this past fall. The Provincial Championship this past fall being the biggest highlight of Katy’s career to this point. She was voted the number one graduating prospect in the Vancouver Province’s annual pool on BC High School players.
Heat Head Coach Steve Manuel says that she is “quite possibly the most physical and gifted athlete in this year’s graduating class.” For the past several years Klomps has been a member of the Seaside Volleyball Club in South Surrey, a club that is known for its development of strong athletes starting as early as Grade 6.
“Katy’s years with Seaside served her well, helping her continually develop into the competitive athlete she is today,” added Manuel. “Katy is just the type of student athlete that we need to compete in Canada West. She has all the necessary tools to be an impact player and will definitely have the ability to step in and help us right away.”
Klomps is set to enrol in the Human Kinetics program at UBC Okanagan in the fall, and says she is looking forward to doing her studies at the Okanagan campus of UBC.
“I wanted a school that wasn’t too big and that was also close to home,” she said adding she is keen on the program after watching the Heat Women play firsthand, and expressed her excitement to be able to be a part of the team as they move to the CIS.
“It looks like they’re going to do pretty good [next year]. I’m really excited to play with the girls. They have a nice group of players and I am looking forward to part of the Heat program.”