OTTAWA, Canada – Recent Florida State volleyball transfer Natasha Calkins was one of 27 players selected for the Volleyball Canada Senior A National Team that will compete in a series of upcoming tournaments slated this summer.
Calkins and her teammates begin their summer schedule at the FIVB World Grand Prix, with the first round taking place in Zeilona Gora, Poland, on June 3rd. One week later the team heads to Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, for the second round of the tournament with the winner bound for Plovdiv, Bulgaria (June 18-19).
The FIVB World Grand Prix, which includes 28 participating countries, draws to a close in Bangkok, Thailand on July 10. The tournament will consist of all of the previous winners of the competition from the United States, Brazil, China, Cuba, Russia and the Netherlands.
The Volleyball Canada Senior A squad will also compete in the NORCECA Pan Am Cup, with matches scheduled for June 30 through July 11 in the Dominican Republic.
A 6-1 combination right side/middle blocker, Calkins spent her last two seasons at Santa Clara University, before transferring to Florida State. She made a series of notable impact performances during her sophomore season against Cal State Fullerton (nine kills, four assisted blocks, .615 attack percentage) and No. 10 BYU where she tallied five kills, four assisted blocks and one solo block.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Calkins was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team in 2014 after posting 98 kills (1.34 kpg) and 56 total blocks (0.77 bpg). Her best individual matches came against Cal Poly (10 kills, two assisted blocks, .412 attack percentage) and No. 24 San Diego where she led Santa Clara to a 3-1 victory with nine kills, four assisted blocks and a .562 attack percentage.
“This opportunity is one of the many reasons that we are very fortunate that Natasha made the decision to join the Florida State volleyball family,” said head coach Chris Poole. “She is considered one of the top players in Canada and one of the few at her age to be training with the Senior National Team program. Natasha has very high goals of playing for the national team and professionally when she has completed her college career. Being selected this summer to train with Senior National Team shows her potential and we are excited for her to join us this fall.”
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Megan Cyr, Winnipeg, MB
Dani Smith, Beaverlodge, AB
Katia Forcier, Notre-Dame-de-L’Ile Perrot, QC
Mariah Walsh, Calgary, AB
Courtney Baker, Bridgewater, NS
Tabi Love, Dauphin, MB
Shanice Marcelle, Victoria, BC
Michaela Reesor, Caledon, ON
Brianna Beamish, Surrey, BC
Alissa Coulter, Calgary, AB
Marie-Sophie Nadeau, St-Aimé, QC
Charlotte Sider, Port Rowan, ON
Danielle Brisebois, Caledon, ON
Elizabeth Wendel, Caronport, SK
Marie-Alex Bélanger, St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, QC
Shainah Joseph, Ottawa, ON
Natasha Calkins, Calgary, AB
Alina Dormann, Ottawa, ON
Lucy Charuk, Tsawwassen, BC
Marisa Field, Kelowna, BC
Jennifer Cross, Scarborough, ON
Alicia Perrin, Creston, BC
Ciara Hanly, Calgary, AB
Alica Ogoms, Winnipeg, MB
Kristen Moncks, Standard, AB
Jessie Niles, Turner Valley, AB
Alison Mckay, Port Moody, BC