The Brock Badgers women’s volleyball team is looking to maintain their success from this season into next by recruiting two more players for the 2020-2021 season.
Just prior to the holidays, six footer Laurin Ainsworth from Blenheim District High School in Chatham-Kent committed to join the Badgers next academic year. Ainsworth, 17, is currently a middle/outside hitter for the Chatham Ballhawks VBC. She has played on Team Ontario the past two summers, as well as Team Ontario Black this past summer.
“I chose Brock because Steve [Delaney] is a great coach [that] I’m looking forward to [being coached by], the school had all the possible programs I was looking into and the Brock team has the culture I was looking for in a team,” said Ainsworth.
The team will also be bringing in Ainsworth’s Team Ontario teammate and fellow 17-year old Madison Chimienti, who committed to Brock this past Saturday. The 5’11 Chimienti currently attends St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School in Aurora and plays as an outside hitter for Leaside Volleyball.
“I chose Brock University because I thought it was the best school for me as a student athlete, where I could pursue my interest in sport management. I chose Brock women’s volleyball because of the expert coaching and the competitive environment that will help me improve as a player,” said Chimienti. “I loved the campus and everyone was super welcoming and supportive. Being a part of the team will help me develop social skills that I can take into the workforce for my future career. I am super excited for [my] next chapter as a Badger.”
The additions of Ainsworth and Chimienti will help supplant the loss of hitters Morgan Monkman, Darby Taylor and marquee player Laura Condotta, one of the top hitters in the OUA, following this season as they will all graduate.
With success for years to come in their sights, the Badgers (7-2) will start the second half of the season on January 17 against the Trent Excalibur (1-7) at 6:00 p.m. in Bob Davis Gym.