Volleyball Star Albert Bolts Falcons For Mustangs

From the Western Mustangs:

London, ON – The Western Mustangs Women’s Volleyball team is excited to announce five recruits and one transfer to their program for the 2020-21 season.

“We feel this is a really complete recruit class for us. Not only do we have all positions represented, but the wealth of experience these athletes have is very high.” said Mustangs Head Coach Melissa Bartlett “I am very confident and excited about what each of them will bring to our gym.”

The newest Mustangs come from across the country including one from BC and another from Alberta.

“Many of these players we have identified very early and have gotten to know them through a long recruiting cycle – and watching them over the past years develop as players – now finally having them all on campus wearing purple next year is something I am really looking forward to.” said Bartlett.

2020-21 Mustangs Women’s Volleyball Recruit & Transfer Class

Janelle Albert. Photo: Fanshawe Athletics.

Janelle Albert

Hometown: Brampton, ON
Position: Outside Hitter
Academic Program: BMOS (Brescia)
Previous Team(s): Fanshawe College / Ryerson University
Career Highlights:
Led Fanshawe to two consecutive OCAA titles – being named OCAA Most Valuable Player in each season.
Named CCAA Player of the Year in 2018-19.
Two-time CCAA 1st Team All-Canadian.
Led the OCAA in 2019-20 with 5.9 points & attack % with .382

Why I chose Western:
“I chose Western and specifically to attend Brescia as I thought the small class environment would be where she would thrive as a student, and chose to commit to playing for our program as she was looking for the challenge of returning to the OUA level of play and wanted to be with a team that is a perennial contender in the OUA.”

Coaches Quote:
“Janelle is an extremely skilled player with so much experience as a go-to player for her previous teams. She is looking forward to the challenge of returning to the OUA, and we know that Mustangs fans will enjoy watching her as she is an intense competitor with great natural volleyball ability.”

Ed. Note: Click here for our previously-published feature story on Albert.

Lauren Pastor

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Position: Setter
Academic Program: Health Sciences
Previous Team(s): Father John Redmond C.S.S

Career Highlights:
Won semi-final against Cuba at NORCECA Intercontinental Championships 2018.
2017 & 2018 Ontario Provincial Champion.
Member of the 2017&2018 Youth National Team.
Captain of the 2019 Junior National Team.

Why I chose Western:
“I wanted to attend the Ivey School of Business as my mom is a Western & Ivey Grad. I loved the Supportive and Hard-Working Team Culture.”

Coaches Quote:
“Having competed at the international level for Canada already at her young age, Lauren has some incredibly valuable experience to bring to our team. She is a very mature athlete, an outstanding student and we are thrilled to add her passion for learning to our team environment.”

Ella St. Martin

Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Position: Libero
Academic Program: Sciences
Previous Team(s): Pandas Volleyball Club

Career Highlights:
2-time Alberta Provincial Champion with Pandas Volleyball Club.
2019 City Championship with Strathcona High School.
Travelled to Honduras with Athletes in Action Volleyball organization.

Why I chose Western:
“I fell in love with the volleyball program when I went to camp last summer and had my heart set on it ever since. Lots of student involvement available and is also one of the highest ranked schools educationally speaking.”

Coaches Quote:
“Ella visited in summer of 2019 for our Prospects Camp. She consistently stood out to us for her positivity, work ethic and coachability. She comes from the Pandas club out of Edmonton and has had the opportunity to play with and be mentored by some of Canada’s great volleyball athletes. We look forward to watching her continue to develop as a Mustang.”

Mia Miskovic

Hometown: Ancaster, ON
Position: Middle
Academic Program: Social Sciences (Brescia)
Previous Team(s): Halton Hurricanes Volleyball Club

Career Highlights:
3x Halton Region All-Star + 2018 Halton Region MVP
2x Ontario Provincial Champion & 2x National Champion with Halton Hurricanes
Member of Team Ontario Black in 2018 & Team Ontario Elite in 2019

Why I chose Western:
“I chose to attend the University of Western as it was a sense of unity between the players and coaches on the Volleyball team as well as the affiliates that are in hand with western as it offers a smaller campus and smaller class sizes making me feel more comfortable while I am away from home!

Coaches Quote:
“What excites us most about Mia is the improvement we have seen in the last year or so – she just continues to get better and better. She has some very obvious strengths that will help her fit well into our middle position.”

Rachel Gray

Hometown: London, ON
Position: Right Side
Academic Program: BMOS (Brescia)
Previous Team(s): Forest City Volleyball Club

Career Highlights:
2020 Ms. Volleyball Award (Oakridge S.S.)
2019-20 Oakridge SPECTRA Award Nominee
2017, 2018 & 2019 Team Ontario Black & Team Ontario Elite Athlete
2018 OFSAA Volleyball Champion

Why I chose Western:
“I chose to attend Western because it is close to home, and the team environment is amazing! Western also is a great academic school that offers the courses I am interested in.”

Coaches Quote:
“We are so excited to add hometown talent to the Mustangs roster with the addition of Rachel to our team. She is a competitor and we believe one of the best athletes in her age group right now in Ontario. We feel she can be a dominant force for our team for the years to come!”

Emily Tsiandoulas

Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Position: Outside Hitter
Academic Program: Sociak Science
Previous Team(s): Thunder Volleyball Club

Career Highlights:
Past member of Team BC Provincial Team (Summer 2018)
Led team to 1st ever high school city championship in very competitive league (York House School)
Led team to the BC AA Provincial Championship in Fall 2019
MVP of the York House League.
MVP at the Western Canadian School Championships

Why I chose Western:
“Westerns reputable academic programs as well as commitment to strong athletics, created the ideal environment to thrive in; I also chose Western because of the high energy atmosphere, amazing coaches and teammates.”

Coaches Quote:
“Another out of province player – we got to know Emily at our 2019 summer camp as well. From the start of the week it was evident that she was exactly the type of player and person we look to add to our team. She comes from the well-known Thunder Volleyball club in Vancouver and has demonstrated to us a relentless passion for our game.”

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