Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Ball & The Book
student-athlete excelling in team sport at Briercrest College
By Shania Friesen and Katie Buck, Briercrest
women's volleyball team welcomes back middle player, Whitney Zylstra,
for a second year on the court. Her skills and positive attitude
will be an essential part of the team's success this season.
Whitney is working hard to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
alongside the time she puts into athletics.
Zylstra started to consider Briercrest
after a recruitment trip in her grade twelve year.
“I didn’t really have any intention of actually attending Briercrest,
but once I got here and got to know all the girls and saw what a
great atmosphere it was, I started to consider it.”
After receiving encouragement from her parents, Whitney felt like
Briercrest could be the school for her. “The following May I had
signed with the Clippers!”
The Clippers' Whitney Zylstra with one
of her five kills in the loss to Lakeland College last year.
The great relationship between the girls on the team was an
influencing factor in her coming to Briercrest and she has nothing
but good things to say about the unity on the team this year.
“The group of girls that I play with are so amazing, and I think
what makes our team special is that we’ve got each other’s backs,”
she explained. “We’re so tightly knit and what we all have in common
is our love for God, and that makes our bond so much stronger. It
really unites us and allows us to relate with each other in ways
that some teams may not be able to.”
When asked about what she brings to the team, Zylstra says it's her
ability to support and encourage her teammates. She says, “I try to
stay positive and build others up to do the same.”
A favourite moment for Whitney was last season's home game against
“It was such a great win because they were ranked number one in the
country, and it was also such a huge building block for our team.”
Zylstra is driven in both aspects of being a student-athlete, always
striving to excel.
“I want to work at my studies one hundred percent and do the best
that I can,” she said. “As an athlete, my goal is to continually
push myself to be the best that I can be, on and off the court.”
After completing her BA in Psychology at Briercrest, Whitney plans
to further her education at Minot State University to obtain a
Bachelor of Social Work.
“If nothing was holding me back, I would play volleyball for as long
as I possibly could!” Zylstra concluded.
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