Clarice MacGillivray joins fellow recruits Kailin Jones and Chandler Proch to make up a solid trio of locally-schooled rookies. All three attended Kelowna Secondary and played for the Kelowna Volleyball Club and as such are quite familiar with playing together.
At 5 foot 9, Clarice MacGillivray may seem a little undersized for a Power Hitter, but this is just an indication of her stellar athleticism, which earned her a spot on the B.C. 17-under team in 2009. She's also been known to take her game to the beach, where she played for Team B.C. in 2008 and at the BC Summer Games. MacGillivray has teamed with Jones this summer to create a killer sand duo which has already beaten the likes of a team composed of Heat stars Alex Basso and Leigh Dreher in the 24U division.
When asked why she decided to join the Heat's legendary volleyball program, Clarice replied "I chose UBC Okanagan for its outstanding athletic and also academic programs. I am so lucky to have found both those things in one campus. I can't wait to become a part of the best volleyball program of college athletics in Canada."
MacGillivray looks forward to joining the Heat team noting "I think I will fit into the Heat program pretty well. I bring lots of positivity and a good work ethic. I am really looking forward to getting to know all the girls because their dedication and determination is very inspiring to watch."
With the loss of BCCAA All-Star Leigh Dreher, MacGillivray will have an opportunity to vie for some immediate playing time. Coach Manuel added, "Clarice is a nice addition to our squad, she's a hard worker and has a great attitude. She is extremely athletic and can play equally well in the front row and the backcourt. We are looking forward to seeing Clarice in action wearing a Heat uniform."
MacGillivray is also an all-star in the classroom where she won the prestigious President's Entrance Scholarship prior to her acceptance to UBC Okanagan. Clarice will be taking her academic game to the General Sciences program in order to get a taste for what's available before deciding on a major.