Gee-Gees pair looks to impress at national selection camp
OTTAWA - Gee-Gees setter Tess Edwards and graduated power hitter
Ariane Thibault will represent uOttawa at a massive Canadian
women's volleyball selection camp May 18 - 21 in Winnipeg.
The camp will select athletes for both the 2012 Olympic cycle and 2009 FISU world university games, held in July in Belgrade, Serbia.
Edwards, who will play her fourth season in the fall, will be among six setters evaluated by new national team head coach Arnd Ludwig (Lupo) in the fifth national try-out for the 21-year-old Ottawa native.
"I am much stronger, much more fit and in a different head space now," said Edwards, who was an OUA all-star in her first full season with the Gee-Gees in 2008-09 after two years at the University of Kentucky.
"I am definitely going against some amazing talent. It will be a fight to make it."
Thibault, also a first-team OUA all-star who completed her university eligibility last season, is currently on a placement for a uOttawa Commerce - marketing degree through August.
The 22-year-old native of Rouyn-Noranda, Que., will face a tough decision if green-lighted to practice among either the national or university elite.
"I am for sure excited to be on the list," said Thibault, who is also looking to follow former Gee-Gees power hitter Christine Lamey (Portugal) and secure a professional opportunity in Europe this fall.
"I am also very torn," said Thibault.
Successful FISU student-athletes will stay in Winnipeg throughout June prior to the July 1-12 FISU games.
"I'm not sure of a lot of the variables," said Edwards. "My goal is to go and show what I have. All I can control is how I play."
Edwards, Thibault and Gee-Gees head coach Lionel Woods depart Ottawa Sunday.
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