Monday, 30 November 2015, 7:23 am

Niagara College welcomes three new Knights

Coach Joey Martin (left), welcomes Niagara College’s new women’s volleyball recruits. From left to right, Bailey Davis, Lucy McLay, and Vaska Hamanova. SUBMITTED PHOTOBy JESSE COLE
Staff Writer
Three new stars are being welcomed to the Niagara College Knights women’s volleyball roster.
The three new players, two Brock University alumni and a promising setter from Georgetown, posed for photos and a meet and greet Tuesday, at the Welland campus.
Lucy McLay, 22, a left side, Bailey Davis, 18, a setter, and Vaska Hamanova, 22, a libero, are the newest recruits.
The women, hailing from the Ontario cities of Stratford, Georgetown and Mississauga, respectively, all have different reasons for choosing the college as their new stomping ground, as well as a few goals for their time on and off the court.
McLay, enrolled in the Public Relations Graduate Certificate program, says that in her last year of eligibility she would like to play for the Knights.
“Niagara College is the perfect fit for me,” McLay said in a statement for her new player profile. She added that she’s aiming to be one of the top scorers on the team saying her goals are “to put the ball away with every opportunity.”
Davis, a student in the Recreation and Leisure program, says she chose the Knights and Niagara for its cozy, small-town feel.
“I love the smaller size of the campus,” Davis said.
Davis reflected on her teammates and coaches saying, “The girls and coaches have welcomed me with open arms and smiling faces,” adding she is looking forward to the upcoming season.
Hamanova, an alumnus of Brock University’s biology program and now enrolled in the college’s International Business Management program, says her reasons for becoming a Knight are intertwined with her studies and her playing.
“I want to further my studies … and Niagara College is the perfect place to do that.” Hamanova adds she has a few years of playing eligibility left and would “love” to spend those years playing on the college’s varsity team.
Hamanova’s goals for the court are to play the best defensive game she can as well as to bring a level of leadership to the court, as she is one of the older players.
Hamanova added that as an older player she is concerned with being a team-player, both on and off the court, and hopes to act as a mentor to the younger recruits joining the team.

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