A few weeks ago, Kenzie Robinson quietly sat in the background inside Brandon University’s Healthy Living Centre as her sisters, Kailan and Keegan, committed to join the Bobcats women’s basketball team.
While she didn’t say much at the time, it appears Kenzie Robinson is no slouch when it comes to athletic genes.
The 15-year-old from Hamiota is a force both on the ice and on the volleyball court.
She had a solid provincial female Bantam AAA hockey championship tournament in March by netting two goals and four assists while helping lead the Yellowhead Chiefs to a silver medal. She’s just as talented on the volleyball court where Robinson plays setter. While she is only a Grade 9 student, she helped the Hamiota Huskies to a provincial A varsity girls’ silver medal and was named to the tournament’s all-star team.
Robinson is the starting setter on Westman Volleyball Club’s 15-and-under girls’ team and head coach Dean Oakden is glad she’s playing for him and not against him.
"Her serve for a 15-year-old is certainly at a higher level than most kids her age," he said. "Her foot speed I would say is probably at the top of the heap in the 15-year-old girls for setters in Manitoba and she’s very quick. … I think her two older sisters and her have some pretty good athletic genes and you’ll see some good things out of those three girls for quite a while."
Robinson was quick to point to her sisters for her success in the high school season, claiming communication on the court was so much easier due to their sibling bond. She won’t have them on the court next season, and they aren’t there during this club season, but she is still a dominating force on the court.
Although she may have a bright future in volleyball, she’s still torn on which sport she wants to pursue in the future.
"I haven’t really thought about it yet because I have to play hockey and I have to choose between one or the other," said Robinson, who plans to play Midget AAA hockey next season.
Her debate between sports won’t be on her mind today as the 3-0 Westman Volleyball Club prepares for its round-robin finale and the playoffs at Crocus Plains and New Era schools.
The 10-team event features a lot of squads who will be at the 15U provincials in Winnipeg, May 4-5, and Oakden views the event as a great primer.
"Most of the top teams are here this weekend, so it’s a good measuring stick to see where we stack up for provincials," he said. "Hopefully the girls play well and we’ll see where we end up."