KELOWNA, BC --The next addition to the 2016-17 UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball program is Regina product Brooklyn Reynolds.
Reynolds is a 6’3” middle, who comes out of the Miller Comprehensive High School and the 18U Regina Cougar Volleyball Club programs. The Saskatchewan native has amassed a number of individual and team awards and recognitions.
Brooklyn has been a member of the Saskatchewan Provincial team for the last three years, and was named a Senior Girls Large Schools Volleyball All-Star in 2014 and 2015, her grade 11 and 12 seasons, by the Regina High School Athletic Association. She was also recognized as the Saskatchewan Volleyball Association’s Women’s Indoor Volleyball 18U Female Athlete of the Year in 2015, and was selected to join Volleyball Canada’s Youth Women’s National Program this past season as well.
Reynolds won her first championship with her Miller Comprehensive Junior Girls team in 2013. Her next title came with her Regina Cougars Club 18U side, winning the Women’s Indoor Provincial Championships in 2015. In her final year of volleyball before signing with the Heat, Reynolds and her Team Saskatchewan 18U team earned a bronze medal at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games.
On the road to that Provincial Championship with the Regina Cougars, Reynolds led her team to an undefeated season, and played her best volleyball of the year in the gold medal match, making an impressive statement about her talent, leadership, and ability to perform in clutch situations, qualities that evidently did not go unnoticed by the Heat program.
“I believe that Brooklyn has all the tools to be an impact middle blocker in Canada West,” said Heat coach Steve Manuel. “She is a physical presence, moves very well, is quick to the ball on both offence and defence and is an excellent blocker. With the graduation of Katy Klomps and Katie Wuttunee, Brooklyn will have the opportunity to play a big role for us immediately.”
For her part, Brooklyn is equally as excited to join the Heat. “I am looking forward to joining a team who has shown they have what it takes to be successful,” she said. “I am excited to be a part of this program’s future and to get going with my CIS career at UBCO.”
As to why UBC Okanagan appealed to her academically, as she intends to study Management, her answer is simple and reasonable. “I chose UBCO because I was drawn to the smaller class sizes and the intimacy of the campus. In addition, the campus and Okanagan Valley are beautiful places to live and study.”
Aside from volleyball, Reynolds also played high school basketball at Miller Comprehensive. “I have not had the opportunity to play it at a high level as I chose to pursue volleyball instead,” she said, continuing, “it requires a lot of extra time and dedication to be a part of another team, especially when it coincides with club volleyball, but it allowed me to play with friends and represent my school.”
The former multi-sport high school athlete will join the Heat in September as a CIS student athlete and looks to be ready and in a position to make an immediate impact on a team set to defend its spot on the national stage.
The women's volleyball team will add Brooklyn to already profiled Immaculata grad Natalie Livingston as part of an unusually large group of incoming players after the national bronze medalists Heat graduated six players from their roster this past season.