DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
Leia Jaworski went into her most recent volleyball season with every intention of finishing it with a commitment to a university program.
The Winnipeg Wesmen women's volleyball team became that program.
A versatile, 5-foot-8 middle/left side from Springfield Collegiate, Jaworski has become the third member of the volleyball program's 2019-20 recruiting class.
She has been an Honour Roll student the past four years and was Springfield's MVP and female athlete of the year. She will enroll in the Faculty of Kinesiology and have five years of eligibility.
A graduating high school all-star and member of the Manitoba provincial program, Jaworski joins Sturgeon Heights left side Selva Planincic and River East Collegiate right side Alexa Wieczorkiewicz as members of the 2019 class.
"It was from the beginning I just really wanted to keep going with the sport," Jaworski said. "I really wanted to go somewhere that I could improve myself and grow as an athlete and U of W was one of my best options, and I really like the atmosphere around here and the athletes and coaching.
"… I'm unbelievably excited. This was probably my biggest goal and this is my new chapter."
Jaworski helped the Jr. Wesmen U18s finish third in the provincial club championships this spring after previously playing for Shock, a team she led to a second-place finish at the U17 level last year.
She has also had success in the beach game, winning the high school beach championship in 2017 and placing second in 2018.
"I'm kind of an all-around player. I've never really had a specific position, so I've played both outside positions, middle, I've played libero," she said. "Seeing the sport and playing from different positions gives me a better understanding and athleticism. It just helps me know the game more and be a smart player."