18U VORTEX

 18U VORTEX ATHLETES

Karen M.

Outside Hitter

Sydney B.

Libero

Maja K.

Right Side

Hannah B.

Right Side/Setter

Charley T.

Middle Blocker

Ava H.

Right Side/Left Side

Jaida J.

Libero

Vivian L.

Outside Hitter

Jaidyn R.

Middle Blocker/Right Side

 18U VORTEX COACHES

Elaine Pilgrim-Susi

HEAD COACH - 18U VORTEX

Elaine is a Fully Certified Development & Advanced Development Coach. This will be Elaine’s 8th season as a Head Coach with the OVA having coached for MVC, Halton Hurricanes, and Defensa. Elaine brings 25 years of Elementary School coaching experience in volleyball, baseball, basketball, and is a Level 3 certified soccer coach. Elaine was President of the MAC Volleyball Club for two years and was also a Mentor Coach with the Volleygirls Program in Burlington.

Elaine has worked as a Head Coach with the Team Ontario Regional Program, Team Ontario Academy and most recently as an Assistant Coach with Team Ontario Black.

Elaine is passionate about building a positive, collaborative, and cohesive team culture and supporting her athletes both on and off the court. Her extensive work with female athletes of all ages, and Honours Degree in Child Development and Child Psychology, brings a deep understanding of the mental and physical demands athletes can endure. With a focus on the whole athlete – technical, tactical, physical, emotional, and mental, Elaine strives to provide a well-balanced program, and positive environment for all athletes to train in.

Elaine is excited to be a part of the Smash Raiders Club and looks forward to working with and coaching the 18U Vortex team this season!

Kayde Marshall

ASSISTANT COACH - 18U VORTEX

This is my first year coaching with Smash Raiders. I am excited to be an Assistant Coach with the U18 Vortex team. 

I am a fully Certified Development Coach, and have been coaching volleyball on and off since I was 17 and have 10 years of Head Coaching experience in the OVA.

I played post-secondary volleyball for Niagara college for 3 seasons in different positions. I have recovered from multiple injuries incurred during playing, including 2 ACL tears, so as a coach I understand how important mental health and active recovery are for an athlete, especially after an injury. 

My coaching philosophy comes down to 3 things:

  1. Serving and defence wins games 
  2. Fundamentals are always important
  3. Discipline drives competitiveness
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