Posted on: December 6, 2017
One of the biggest needs for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball moving forward was at the middle position. With two middles poised to graduate at the conclusion of this Canada West season, head coach Chad Grimm and assistant coach Nathan Bennett had finding top recruits a priority.
The WolfPack have now signed three outstanding athletes at that position as they are announcing that 6’2” middle Macey Hogg of the Caledonia Kermodes (Terrace, BC) has committed to the program and will join them in September 2018.
She is the third middle to commit to the ‘Pack joining Lizzy Reimer (Edmonton, AB) and Hayley McNaught (Woking, AB).
“I have learned some of my best skills at WolfPack camps,” says Hogg who will be taking courses at Thompson Rivers aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Science degree. “I am very familiar with TRU and the coaches. Kamloops is a place I have always liked visiting.”
Hogg plays club volleyball for the Northwest Rage 18U where her coach is Mark Neid. Neid has coached her in club since grade eight—in school in grade nine and ten.
“When I first started coach Macey, “says Neid “She was an awkward girl who didn’t want to be tall as she thought she stood out. But as the years have gone by, Macey has worked on all aspects of the game and takes pride in all skills, especially passing and has become much more comfortable with her height which she uses to her advantage.”
He adds: “Her strengths are passing (when she gets the chance), serving and especially her play at the net. Macey can hit the 51, but excels at the 31. She can move on the court to beat the set to where it’s going to be able to be ready to hit away. Her blocking in the past couple of years has gotten so much better as she reads the game so well. Also, I have not coached a girl who can put over pass away the way Macey does, not hitting, but rather two handed dumps. It’s a pleasure to watch!”
Hogg believes her strengths are that she excels under pressure, fighting for every point, her height and her athleticism.
She and Coach Neid agree that her learning curve will be a little steeper based on where she was developed in the northwest (Terrrace, BC). “A huge jump that I am prepared to make!” she explains.
“She will be around much better players than she is used to,” states Neid. “This is definitely going to be a good thing. She knows how to work hard which will help her catch up quicker.”
Neid says TRU is a great fit for his player for three reasons: “1) Kamloops is not a huge city so she won’t get lost in the hustle and bustle of a big school, smaller classes, with access to more one on one help. 2) Macey has family and friends in Kamloops to support her if things go south or just need a slight reset. 3) Macey has Chad as a coach and with him being from a small town, he understands the big changes coming from a small town and will be there to assist her in any way possible. Even though I don’t know Chad (TRU coach Grimm) personally, but have talked to him a few times, I found him to be a warm caring person who has a desire to compete which means Macey will be in good hands.”
Grimm says: “I have been following Macey over the past several years as Matt Krueger ran the TRU summer camp up there (Terrace) and always reported on the progress of players and Macey was on his radar since she was in grade 9. Macey has been in a good situation with some very committed coaches in Mark, Carmen and Steve that have done a great job in developing players coming out of Terrace. In the past few years, Cassidy Kitchen as well as Carly Davies have gone on to be starting members of the team at Mount Royal University in Calgary and with Macey joining us they will have helped push three girls into the world of USPORTS volleyball which is quite the accomplishment coming out of a town the size of Terrace.”
And he says: “Macey will bring some size and potential into our middle blocking position for next season along with Hayley and Lizzy. I believe if Macey pushes herself hard in the weight room over the next couple of years and puts in the time necessary she has the ability to be an impact player in our league. She has had experience playing several positions which I think will help her overall development and I am excited to have her join our group next season and help push her to reach her potential.”
Hogg was considering Brandon University (USPORTS), Grande Prairie Regional College (ACAC), Douglas College and Camosun College (both PACWEST) before deciding on Thompson Rivers.
The WolfPack plan to make other recruit announcements in the near future. The team’s first recruit was Erin Mutch from Oak Bay Secondary in Victoria, BC. Mutch is an outside hitter.