The 2017-18 leader in digs in the PACWEST conference, Claudia Corneil, will transfer to UBC Okanagan for her fourth and fifth years of eligibility and suit up with the perennially ranked Heat women's volleyball team.
As team captain for the Douglas College Royals this past season Corneil earned a conference Second Team All-Star, amassing 359 digs, while leading the Royals to their first provincial title in 23 years.
At the CCAA national championship Corneil's Royals took home a national silver medal with the 5'8" libero from Surrey, BC earning a First Team All-Star.
The third year libero and 2015 graduate of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary has averaged over 3.15 digs per set in her career at Douglas and also brought home a Provincial Tournament All-Star in leading the Royals to a silver medal in her sophomore season.
Transferring into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Corneil will look to finish up her degree in Arts and chose the Okanagan to finish her degree close to home and continue to play volleyball at a program that has been ranked in the U SPORTS Top Ten for 55 straight ranking weeks.
"I chose UBCO because first of all it's such a beautiful campus, and it's also somewhere where I can finish up my last three years of school and not have to transfer again. I also really love the volleyball program here and what they stand for, I see UBCO as a really good fit for me. It also doesn't hurt that I'm only four hours away from home."
Her new coach, Steve Manuel, likes the laundry list of tools that Corneil will bring as the libero closes off another strong recruiting class for the two-time U SPORTS coach of the year.
"We like what Claudia brings to the program, she is a solid passer and defender with a lot of big game experience," explains Manuel. "She has all the necessary leadership qualities and will be a great fit in our overall team dynamic, not to mention that she will be an awesome teammate. Claudia also brings with her a great knowledge of the game, she has already coached for several seasons at the club level which helps a student athlete truly understand the game."
Corneil herself, a one-time product of Team Academy Club Volleyball, can't wait for training camp to begin this fall and the new challenges that are ahead of her.
"I'm really excited to move on to the next level of volleyball, providing me with opportunities to both challenge and develop myself further as an athlete and person. I'm looking forward to contributing in any way I can in order to help the volleyball program be successful as possible, as well as getting to know all my new teammates."
Corneil is the only player new to UBCO this fall that has signed on to play for the Heat not right out of high school. Joining the libero as recruits are setter Sarah Demers and four players slated for the outside in Jade Bussard, Samantha Gagnon, Sydney Grills, and Stephanie Temme.
The Canada West schedule for the Heat volleyball teams will be released on Wednesday, June 20th, check goheat.ca for schedule when released.