KELOWNA – Women’s volleyball coach Steve Manuel dipped once again into the local talent pool to sign Siobhan Fitzpatrick from Immaculata Regional High School Mustangs for next season.
The 6-foot-1 power hitter only ever considered staying home for her post-secondary volleyball and educational career.
“There were others I applied to and was accepted at, but I only wanted to carry on with volleyball if I had the chance to do it at UBCO,” said Fitzpatrick. “I have been coached by Becki (Kosinski, assistant coach) previously in club and have known Steve through Centre of Excellence and through Junior Heat Club Volleyball.”
Fitzpatrick praised the Junior Heat program for its developing of student-athletes, and she looks forward to developing new camaraderie with her new Heat teammates.
Fitzpatrick will be entering the Bachelor of Science program and has been designated a Chancellor’s Scholar for her high school academic achievement.
Erin Drew is the other Junior Heat player graduating to the varsity Heat squad this fall. Drew and Fitzpatrick helped Kelowna place 10th at the recent national club championships in Edmonton.