The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team has landed a new setter in Ali Gill of Calgary. The 5-foot-9 freshman joins the Heat from Central Memorial High School.
Gill will be a student in the Fine Arts program at UBC Okanagan this fall, looking to specialize in interdisciplinary performance. The ability to play varsity volleyball and enroll in fine arts was a deciding factor for her in joining the Heat.
“Coming from a fine arts centered high school, I was immediately interested in the program offered at the school,” comments Gill.
“After getting the chance to audition on campus, and to meet with such flexible, accommodating volleyball coaches, I knew UBCO could offer me everything I wanted in postsecondary. In looking at other schools, it seemed I would have to choose between fine arts and volleyball, but with UBCO I really do get the both of best worlds.”
Head Coach Steve Manuel is pleased to have Gill join his squad, adding depth to the setter position for the Heat.
“Ali is a great addition to our squad,” explains head coach Steve Manuel. “She is a hard worker and has worked with excellent coaches for the past while in Calgary. She was a member of the 18U Calgary team that recently won the Volleyball Canada 18U National Championship alongside another one of our recruits Megan Festival.”
“The chance to play with the Heat, be coached by Steve Manuel, and study drama is a rare and unbelievable opportunity,” adds Gill. “I could not be more excited and privileged to have the opportunity that I have here.”
“We are extremely happy to have Ali in our program,” adds Manuel, relishing the increased depth at the vital setter position for his second season with the Heat in Canada West.
Gill will add depth to the setter position that includes freshman Emily Oxland (North Vancouver) and sophomore Chandler Proch (Kelowna)