The Winnipeg Wesmen women's volleyball team is getting a jump on the 2020 recruiting class.
Wesmen interim head coach Phil Hudson has announced the commitment of 5-foot-11 Leo Remillard setter Breanne Bazin as the first member of the 2020 class.
Bazin, who plays club in the Junior Bisons system, made a quick decision to commit to the Wesmen after having been coached by Hudson in camps throughout her youth. Bazin credited a number of her club and school coaches for aiding in her development and was pleased to have the chance to play for Hudson.
"I've benefitted greatly from Phil Hudson's volleyball camps in the past and I've improved so much and he helped me a lot in getting to where I am today," Bazin said. "I'm super-excited to be able to work with him in the future and improve more with him as well.
"... This university has always been great for academics as well and I always thought this would be a great university for me to attend. And especially with the coach ... I decided this was the best fit for me."
Bazin, whose cousin Nicole played university for Trinity Western, has played five years of club in the Junior Bisons system and said she began channeling her focus on getting into the university game during her 16U season.
"Playing university has always been a goal of mine ever since I started playing volleyball," she said. "I'm grateful that I've got the opportunity to further my skills and improve much more with the university."
In Bazin, Hudson gets the physical qualities he wants in a setter — good height and athleticism — and a player he believes will be among the top high school players in the province.
"Breanne is very skilled and moves very well for a taller player," Hudson said. "She's very academic and cognizant of the way setters need to play. She's an excellent all-around player, plays well above the net and will be able to block at the U Sports level, for sure. I'm really looking forward to her coming to play for the Wesmen.
"I think it's pretty substantial to have one of the top setters in the province commit to our program this early. That was one area that we absolutely had to make sure that we filled and to get Breanne this early is a huge step forward in the progression of the Wesmen women's volleyball program."
Bazin will enroll in the Faculty of Kinesiology and have five years of eligibility.