KELOWNA, BC - The next addition to the 2018/19 Heat women's volleyball roster is Sydney Grills. The 6'3" right and left-side hitter will be coming to UBC Okanagan from Vancouver, as a product of the Thunder Volleyball Club and Team BC. The soon-to-be graduate of Point Grey Secondary will be studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree.
With her club team, Grills, named a captain of the team, led her squad to a national bronze medal, and a provincial bronze medal, In 2016 Grills Thunder club earned a silver medal, and she has been named a provincial club all-star three years running.
Extensive experience with the provincial team program Grills, once again a team captain in 2016, was part of the Team BC squad that were crowned national champions at the NTCC (Volleyball Canada's National Team Challenge Cup) tournament. For her efforts Grills was selected to the youth women's Team Canada Program.
In 2014 Grills was a silver medalist at the BC Summer Games and she has competed at the Canada Summer Games as well as at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale.
"I'm so excited to have the opportunity to play with the volleyball team and study at UBCO," said Grills in a statement. "To gain experience with the current players and develop my skills with the coaches will be amazing. I have dreamt of playing at the University level for years – it's truly hard to believe it's real."
That enthusiasm was reciprocated in a statement from Heat head coach Steve Manuel. "Sydney has the ability to be an impact player in U SPORTS volleyball from day one. She is a physical athlete with a great arm swing and the mindset of a big point producer. Sydney has a great demeanour and team-first attitude, she is exactly the type of player to continue adding to our team culture. We will look to Sydney to fill the role of our two graduating outside hitters, Siobhan Fitzpatrick and Michelle Jakszuk."
When not busy indoors on the volleyball court Grills displayed a high level of skill on the diamond, in softball, the 6-foot three recruit was a 4-time all-star and her team captured a provincial gold medal.
Sydney along with a half dozen other student athletes will be suiting up for UBC Okanagan next year. Already profiled are Left side Jade Bussard, Outside hitter's Samantha Gagnon and Stephanie Temme; Sarah Demers and one other recruit are to follow.