Stoney Creek native gearing up to play volleyball for Waterloo Warriors

Sports Jun 20, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Serena Otshudi is getting ready to hit the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) volleyball court.

The 17-year-old Stoney Creek resident will begin her stint with the University of Waterloo Warriors’ women’s volleyball squad this fall. She received a scholarship to the university, where she will study therapeutic recreation.

“I’m extremely excited,” she said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the post-secondary level, so this is something I’ve been waiting for, for a long time.”

Otshudi — a six-foot-two middle — is more than familiar with what it takes to be a Warrior.

She competed for the Westdale Secondary School Warriors’ girls volleyball squad for four seasons, earning all-star and most valuable player acclaim along the way. She attended the school for its French immersion program.

Otshudi said the years she played for the Warriors were some of the best years of her life.

“We won two city public high school and Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association championships,” she said. “We also made it to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships two years in a row.”

Otshudi also competed for the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Hamilton Smash club for three seasons.

She was chosen for the association’s High Performance Centre — an eight-day development camp focused on introducing the province’s top athletes to a high performance training environment — in 2016. She also garnered Hamilton Smash’s Most Improved Player Award last season and was named the squad’s player of the year this past season. The club practices out of the Stoney Creek and Mountain areas.

“It’s been great playing for the Smash,” Otshudi. “We won the gold medal for our division last season.”

Otshudi said playing for both the Westdale Warriors and Hamilton Smash has helped prepare her for her time with the Waterloo Warriors.

“They’ve helped me develop my skills as an athlete,” she said. “They’ve helped me become confident in my abilities and the player that I am today.”

Waterloo Warriors head coach Richard Eddy is looking forward to seeing Otshudi’s skills in action.

She’s a top athlete, very coachable and competitive, he said.

“She strengthens our team at the net and in the team room,” Eddy said. “Our staff is excited to watch how her training and skills evolve in a high-performance environment, and we're confident that she will become an integral part of our team's success in the near future.”

Hamilton Smash head coach Mark Wu said Otshudi had several offers from both Canadian and American schools.

The University of Waterloo is a perfect fit, he said.

“We’re excited to watch her continue to grow as a person and player under coach Eddy,” Wu said. “I believe she can contribute to the team right away and will be a force to be reckoned with in the OUA.”

Otshudi will join the Warriors for their training camp on Sept. 5.

The camp runs until Sept. 9.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Otshudi said. “I’m looking forward to learning more about volleyball from my new teammates and coaches and pushing my game to the next level. I hope to bring energy and positivity to the court, and I know we’ll do great in the upcoming season.”

 

Stoney Creek native gearing up to play volleyball for Waterloo Warriors

Serena Otshudi to serve for University of Waterloo's volleyball squad this fall

Sports Jun 20, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Serena Otshudi is getting ready to hit the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) volleyball court.

The 17-year-old Stoney Creek resident will begin her stint with the University of Waterloo Warriors’ women’s volleyball squad this fall. She received a scholarship to the university, where she will study therapeutic recreation.

“I’m extremely excited,” she said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the post-secondary level, so this is something I’ve been waiting for, for a long time.”

Otshudi — a six-foot-two middle — is more than familiar with what it takes to be a Warrior.

I’m looking forward to learning more about volleyball from my new teammates and coaches and pushing my game to the next level.

She competed for the Westdale Secondary School Warriors’ girls volleyball squad for four seasons, earning all-star and most valuable player acclaim along the way. She attended the school for its French immersion program.

Otshudi said the years she played for the Warriors were some of the best years of her life.

“We won two city public high school and Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association championships,” she said. “We also made it to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships two years in a row.”

Otshudi also competed for the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Hamilton Smash club for three seasons.

She was chosen for the association’s High Performance Centre — an eight-day development camp focused on introducing the province’s top athletes to a high performance training environment — in 2016. She also garnered Hamilton Smash’s Most Improved Player Award last season and was named the squad’s player of the year this past season. The club practices out of the Stoney Creek and Mountain areas.

“It’s been great playing for the Smash,” Otshudi. “We won the gold medal for our division last season.”

Otshudi said playing for both the Westdale Warriors and Hamilton Smash has helped prepare her for her time with the Waterloo Warriors.

“They’ve helped me develop my skills as an athlete,” she said. “They’ve helped me become confident in my abilities and the player that I am today.”

Waterloo Warriors head coach Richard Eddy is looking forward to seeing Otshudi’s skills in action.

She’s a top athlete, very coachable and competitive, he said.

“She strengthens our team at the net and in the team room,” Eddy said. “Our staff is excited to watch how her training and skills evolve in a high-performance environment, and we're confident that she will become an integral part of our team's success in the near future.”

Hamilton Smash head coach Mark Wu said Otshudi had several offers from both Canadian and American schools.

The University of Waterloo is a perfect fit, he said.

“We’re excited to watch her continue to grow as a person and player under coach Eddy,” Wu said. “I believe she can contribute to the team right away and will be a force to be reckoned with in the OUA.”

Otshudi will join the Warriors for their training camp on Sept. 5.

The camp runs until Sept. 9.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Otshudi said. “I’m looking forward to learning more about volleyball from my new teammates and coaches and pushing my game to the next level. I hope to bring energy and positivity to the court, and I know we’ll do great in the upcoming season.”

 

Stoney Creek native gearing up to play volleyball for Waterloo Warriors

Serena Otshudi to serve for University of Waterloo's volleyball squad this fall

Sports Jun 20, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Serena Otshudi is getting ready to hit the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) volleyball court.

The 17-year-old Stoney Creek resident will begin her stint with the University of Waterloo Warriors’ women’s volleyball squad this fall. She received a scholarship to the university, where she will study therapeutic recreation.

“I’m extremely excited,” she said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the post-secondary level, so this is something I’ve been waiting for, for a long time.”

Otshudi — a six-foot-two middle — is more than familiar with what it takes to be a Warrior.

I’m looking forward to learning more about volleyball from my new teammates and coaches and pushing my game to the next level.

She competed for the Westdale Secondary School Warriors’ girls volleyball squad for four seasons, earning all-star and most valuable player acclaim along the way. She attended the school for its French immersion program.

Otshudi said the years she played for the Warriors were some of the best years of her life.

“We won two city public high school and Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association championships,” she said. “We also made it to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships two years in a row.”

Otshudi also competed for the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Hamilton Smash club for three seasons.

She was chosen for the association’s High Performance Centre — an eight-day development camp focused on introducing the province’s top athletes to a high performance training environment — in 2016. She also garnered Hamilton Smash’s Most Improved Player Award last season and was named the squad’s player of the year this past season. The club practices out of the Stoney Creek and Mountain areas.

“It’s been great playing for the Smash,” Otshudi. “We won the gold medal for our division last season.”

Otshudi said playing for both the Westdale Warriors and Hamilton Smash has helped prepare her for her time with the Waterloo Warriors.

“They’ve helped me develop my skills as an athlete,” she said. “They’ve helped me become confident in my abilities and the player that I am today.”

Waterloo Warriors head coach Richard Eddy is looking forward to seeing Otshudi’s skills in action.

She’s a top athlete, very coachable and competitive, he said.

“She strengthens our team at the net and in the team room,” Eddy said. “Our staff is excited to watch how her training and skills evolve in a high-performance environment, and we're confident that she will become an integral part of our team's success in the near future.”

Hamilton Smash head coach Mark Wu said Otshudi had several offers from both Canadian and American schools.

The University of Waterloo is a perfect fit, he said.

“We’re excited to watch her continue to grow as a person and player under coach Eddy,” Wu said. “I believe she can contribute to the team right away and will be a force to be reckoned with in the OUA.”

Otshudi will join the Warriors for their training camp on Sept. 5.

The camp runs until Sept. 9.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Otshudi said. “I’m looking forward to learning more about volleyball from my new teammates and coaches and pushing my game to the next level. I hope to bring energy and positivity to the court, and I know we’ll do great in the upcoming season.”