South Peace News
High Prairie and area continues to churn out athletes who excel in all sports.
Sam Laboucan was one of two players named to the Olds College women’s volleyball team July 4.
Laboucan, of Atikameg, plays the right side. She is 5’ 8” tall and attended Mistassiniy High School in 2017-18.
“I am excited to be a Bronco. For one reason, I wouldn’t have it any other way than to start at Olds College for my first year of college volleyball. I cannot wait for what’s in store for this coming season.”
Laboucan excelled in junior high sports at Atikameg and recently played in the Peace Region Volleyball Club Academic Program.
Olds College head coach Ryan Marsden is pleased to welcome Laboucan to the team.
“I’m excited to have Samantha join us this year,” he says. “When I first saw Samantha, she immediately stood out to me. She has a heavy, quick arm and a lot of confidence offensively.”
He adds she has a lot of potential and brings a different skillset than other players.
“She is left-handed, jumps well and hits hard. This is a lethal combination for an opposite hitter!”
He is also impressed with her work ethic and appreciates that Laboucan realizes the opportunity in front of her, and is ready to seize it.
“This is a great opportunity for her, which she recognizes and is motivated to help in anyway that she can.”
The other person to join the team was Jenna Elmer, of Calgary.
The college has been busy since this spring and summer recruiting players after a large turnover. In all, the team has 10 new players joining seven returning players.
Laboucan is taking open studies at Olds College.