Talented setter to join Sea-Hawks women's volleyball team

(May 17, 2013) The Memorial University women’s volleyball team will have their lineup bolstered by the addition of setter Kirsten Sorenson for the 2013-14 season. The athletic 5’9 native of Red Deer, Alberta has been a top player with the Red Deer College Queens in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) for the past three seasons.


Kirsten SorensonSorenson has had her share of success on the volleyball court. Her list of accomplishments include being named the Red Deer College Female Athlete of the Year and a two-time ACAC all-star (first team 2012-13 and second team 2011-12). She is also no slouch in the classroom, having earned Academic All-Canadian honours for the past two years.


Sorenson will begin her studies in Kinesiology at Memorial this September and is excited to join the Sea-Hawks roster.


She said, “Memorial is a good fit for me because they focus on the combination of athletics, academics and the importance of being good citizens and role models in the community. I am looking forward to beginning my studies in Kinesiology and hope to eventually study education.”


She already has her sights on some long-term goals on the volleyball court.


She said, “I look forward to the challenge of playing with a new team with a new style of play. The ultimate goal will be for our team to win the AUS championship.”


Memorial women’s volleyball head coach Bill Thistle thinks that Sorenson will make a big contribution to the Sea-Hawks in her first year with the team.


He said, “She is a competitor on and off the court. We really like her athletic ability and volleyball skills. That combined with a strong academic background, to balance the demands of being a varsity athlete, is a winning combination.”


When asked for a scouting report on Sorenson, Thistle said, “Kirsten is an athletic 5’9 setter who plays big at the net, makes good decisions with her sets and will bring leadership to the floor.”


Thistle feels that the setter position will be a source of strength for the Sea-Hawks next season. Sorenson and Gillian Ricketts, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, will give Coach Thistle two effective options at the position.


Sorenson will arrive in St. John’s in late August to help with the Sea-Hawks volleyball camps and begin training with her teammates.