Westwood Warrior Nikki Majewski (9) hammers a kill in high school action earlier this season. (FILE PHOTO)
It’s not every day you can say you successfully recruited the player of the year in the province.
But Brandon University Bobcats women’s volleyball coach Lee Carter holds that claim to fame this year after 17-year-old Winnipeg standout Nikki Majewski signed her letter of intent with the CIS team.
Majewski was named the Manitoba Volleyball Association’s high school player of the year at the annual awards banquet on Saturday, with the Bobcats announcing her commitment to the program on Monday. Carter expects the 5-foot-11 power hitter to make an instant impact next season.
"I would say that Nikki is the best available athlete out of this Grade 12 class in Manitoba," said Carter, who would also love to add Neelin Spartans standouts Amy Gordon and Alison Quiring —the other two members of Manitoba’s big three — to his recruiting class this year. "Athletically, she is almost six feet tall, she is a leaper, she’s dynamic, she has all the speed and power, a super fast arm and she’s the whole package when it comes to what a volleyball coach wants."
Majewski recently led her Westwood Warriors team to the semifinals in the provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball championship before falling to the eventual champion Mennonite Brethren Hawks, and was also a member of Manitoba’s under-18 team that competed at nationals. A club volleyball standout in the off-season, the multi-sport athlete also helped Manitoba earn a bronze medal in women’s basketball at last summer’s Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que.
Majewski said she picked Brandon over scholarship offers from three other CIS schools and can’t wait to get here.
"I am very excited," Majewski said via telephone from Winnipeg last night. "I can’t really even think about it, I am just so excited for next year ...
"I had three other schools (recruiting her), but my decision was kind of based on the fact that it’s kinda close to home, but also away from home and my aunt lives there, so it’s nice to have some family."
The fact that the Bobcats are currently the second-ranked program in the country and have compiled an impressive 9-3 record in the Canada West conference also played a role in her picking Brandon.
"Yes, that definitely helped. That was part of the reason," Majewski said. "The program is still new, too, so it’s still building and that was appealing to me."
Majewski made a campus visit to BU in September while in the city competing in the season-opening Top 8 Debate high school tournament and liked how comfortable she felt.
"I walked around campus and I’ve seen the dorms ... and I saw the gym and stuff like that," said Majewski, who plans to study education at BU. "I really liked how it was a community feel, where they get lots of fans and that appealed to me ... And the family feel of the whole program was great."
Majewski, who had the chance to meet Bobcats’ second-year setter Mary Thomson at Saturday’s MVA awards banquet, will likely move from the middle to the outside with the Bobcats, according to Carter.
"She’s a middle primarily in high school, but we’re hoping for her to be able to start at right side and eventually move to left side like a Teagan Hunter did," Carter said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 10, 2013