Kendra Wayling, a 5 foot 10 Middle from Mt. Sentinel comes to UBC Okanagan with quite the reputation to live up to. Not only was Wayling recruited by North Idaho College to play both volleyball and basketball, but before that she played for a Mount Sentinel team that won both the basketball and volleyball provincial high school championships. Ironically it was Immaculata that won the silver medal in both those championships with CCAA Athlete of the Year Alex Basso as the opposing heavy hitter for Immaculata in both sports. With these two multi-sport titans finally on the same team, the already potent Heat lineup will have even more firepower for the coming season which will be the Heat’s final one in the CCAA before moving into the Canada West conference of the CIS.
Kendra looks forward to joining her former rival Basso on the Heat line-up as well as being able to play for the Heat coaching staff, saying “I was very excited when I found out that Steve needed another player at such a late date because the volleyball program is so strong, and heading towards the CIS level. I've heard great things about Steve as a coach, and Kelowna is a nice size, beautiful, and not too far from home.”
She also looks forward to her role with the Heat adding, “I know that Steve is hoping to have me play a dual role of middle and outside. I'm excited to have the opportunity to improve in both positions, and play wherever I'm needed to help the team get a third consecutive national title.”
Coach Manuel is excited about bringing Kendra onboard saying, “Kendra is an exciting addition to our program, she is a great athlete and an outstanding student. Her maturity will be a great asset, with the departure of middle blocker Sara Zaytsoff, Kendra will have the ability to step in and make an immediate impact. We have watched Kendra compete for many seasons and we look forward to seeing her in a Heat uniform.”
Wayling was an honour student at Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan before making the dean’s list at North Idaho. She will be entering the Bachelor of Arts program at UBC O with the eventual goal of transferring to the Elementary Education Program with the hopes of one day becoming a kindergarten or primary school teacher.