Vikings Women's Volleyball welcome three new recruits

Jenna Fraser, Kyra Rawlusyk and Cassandra Klinger (Left to Right)
Jenna Fraser, Kyra Rawlusyk and Cassandra Klinger (Left to Right)

Kyra Rawlusyk, Cassandra Klinger and Jenna Fraser join the Vikings Women’s Volleyball program from the upcoming 2021-2022 ACAC season.

The Vikings Women’s Volleyball team is pleased to add three recruits to their 2021-2022 season roster.

Kyra Rawlusyk – Lindsay Thurber Raiders – 5’10”

Rawlusyk is a high-flying Left Side that will bring an immediate contribution to the program. Hailing from Lindsey Thurber High School in Red Deer, Kyra was a go-to outside hitter for their excellent program. She was also a part of the top-end Dino’s volleyball club out of Calgary. 

“Kyra is a phenomenal athlete who has the physical tools to excel at this level,” says Stephen Enright, Head Coach of the Vikings Women’s Volleyball team. “I am really excited to see what Kyra’s ceiling is as an athlete because I think it is tremendously high”

Having started volleyball in middle school, Rawlusyk brings mental toughness and strong character to the program, as well as added experience from playing both indoor and beach volleyball.

As for why Rawlusyk made the choice to dawn the red, white and black, “I love the idea of a smaller campus and a close-knit team that feels like family,” she says. “My first experience with coach Enright and a couple of the current team members was very positive and I am really excited to be a part of the team.”

Cassandra Klinger – St. Augustine School – 5’9”

Klinger is a tireless worker whose competitive spirit is unmatched. She hails from Ponoka and played for the Rage club team. Klinger is hyper-athletic and her backcourt presence is outstanding.

“Cassandra has the aggressive mindset and the physical attributes to take over a match,” says Enright. “She is a welcomed addition to the team and her athleticism and work ethic will make an immediate positive impact in our gym.” 

Getting an early jump, Klinger discovered volleyball in elementary school learning the fundamentals before joining a local club team in grade seven.

Klinger credits the atmosphere Enright and her future teammates created as a major influence on her decision to attend the University of Alberta, Augustana.

“I was invited to Augustana in my grade 11 year of high school to take part in practices with the volleyball team. I immediately noticed how each teammate and coach was approachable and had a positive attitude,” says Klinger. “This heavily influenced my decision as well Augustana’s very welcoming environment, a smaller campus and close proximity to my hometown.”

Jenna Fraser - Bishop James Mahoney High School – 5’11”

Fraser is a really intelligent volleyball player who has the physical attributes to excel in the ACAC. Fraser, who is a Setter for the Stealth Club out of Saskatchewan, brings a mature attitude to the game and a knowledge that comes with being around volleyball her whole life.

“Jenna really thinks the game well and has the physical tools needed to be successful at this level,” adds Enright. “I look forward to seeing her game take-off here!”   

Coming from a family rooted in high-performance volleyball, Fraser started playing club volleyball at the age of 12 before joining her high school team.

“Augustana checked all of the boxes that I was looking for when I was researching potential schools to continue my volleyball career at. It has a fantastic volleyball program whose team has been extremely successful throughout past years. After meeting the coach Enright and a couple of players, I felt very welcome and knew that I would fit in well,” says Fraser. “From the location, to the academic programs, to the people, Augustana is the perfect fit for me and I can't wait to be a Viking!