BY DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
To a young team continuing to grow, Diane Scott believes she's added a welcomed dose of athleticism in her latest recruit.
Scott has announced 5-foot-9 Lord Selkirk Royals middle blocker Kely Warmington will join the Winnipeg Wesmen women's volleyball program in 2018.
Warmington joins Surrey, B.C. setter Mikaela Cameron in the 2018 recruiting class.
"I'm more than excited. I'm so ready," Warmington said.
Scott said Warmington's athletic ability will be a positive addition to a 2018-19 Wesmen team that stands to have 12 returning players entering their second or third years of eligibility.
"Kely brings an element of athleticism to our team that is exciting," Scott said. "She is quick, dynamic and has that natural-athlete response. Kely is very bright and highly coachable, and is a dedicated student and solid person who will fit nicely into your young, developing team. We are very excited to have her join the Wesmen."
While Warmington is being recruited as a middle, Scott said she envisions here to be "multi-positioned" at the next level.
Warmington is currently playing with the Jr. Wesmen U18 club team and nearing the end of a decorated high school career in which she was named a graduating volleyball all-star. She helped the Royals three straight KPAC titles as well as the provincial final four in both her Grade 11 and 12 years.
"I wanted to be close to home and not leave all my family, so I chose to stay here in Winnipeg," Warmington said. "I see it as an opportunity to grow both as a person and as a player because even right now I'm learning so much more with Diane coaching me (on Jr. Wesmen). I can't wait to see what else she can have me do in the future."
A multisport athlete and honour roll student, Warmington was also on the Royals basketball squad and named a conference all-star, and won a KPAC title in the girls long jump in 2017.
Warmington said her work ethic and positivity on the court are attributes she can bring to U of W for 2018.
"I'm always ready to learn more and gain more experience and get better," she said.
Warmington said the Jr. Wesmen experience has exposed her to physical and tactical lessons on what it takes to play at the next level.
"It has definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things I could be working on as well and improving, not just on the court, but also off the court mentally as well," she said.