Humboldt’s MacLean commits to volleyball at Acadia University


Katie MacLean said she’s excited for the challenges that await her competing at the highest level of college volleyball in Canada.

HUMBOLDT — For several reasons, Katie MacLean of Humboldt’s academic and athletic journey leads her east.

Randy and Carolyn’s daughter is committed to playing volleyball and studying at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She said she has always wanted to pursue her studies and sports career in Eastern Canada. MacLean is excited for the challenges that await her competing at the highest level of college volleyball in Canada.

“I’m excited to continue my athletic career at the U Sports level,” she said. “I look forward to the competitive environment with an expectation of success. I also look forward to meeting and working with my teammates who are some of the best athletes in the country. I also look forward to coaching at the highest level , to compete in the AUS (Atlantic University Sport) and to become a better athlete.Overall, playing at the college level has always been one of my goals and I am beyond excited to experience all that student-athlete has to offer.

The Axewomen are happy to add the athletic 5-foot-7 setter. On the Acadia Athletic Department website, head coach Michelle Wood commented:

“Katie plays with a high volleyball IQ. As a setter, she sees the game very well, so she can immediately contribute from a tactical point of view.

“Katie will be a tremendous ambassador for our university, with great academic and athletic honors.”

MacLean moved to Humboldt when he was 10 years old. She was born in Sherbrooke and grew up in Cowansville. Many members of MacLean’s family live in Quebec or Nova Scotia. She has spent many summers in both provinces. MacLean said she fell in love with the Nova Scotia way of life. His father’s mother played basketball at Acadia University. MacLean has several relatives who live in Halifax and her mother’s childhood best friend lives in Wolfville. This year, his father seized a career opportunity in New Brunswick.

Not only does moving to Wolfville mean MacLean has family support close by, but Acadia University also fits what she was looking for in a post-secondary institution – “a strong athletic program that highly valued academics. I also wanted to be part of a program with strong women in leadership roles as well as a team involved in the community. Going to a school where I could get a full degree but also compete at a high level was important to me. »

“Acadia easily became the first choice,” MacLean said. “From my very first Zoom meeting to my campus visit, I knew I wanted to make Acadia University my home. Various schools have shown interest. I had other opportunities within the AUS and the ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference). However, very early on, I knew that Acadie was my first choice.


Going to a university that would challenge her academically was important to MacLean. She was accepted to pursue a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry. MacLean hopes to complete a double major in chemistry and biology.

“Throughout high school, I quickly discovered my passion for math and science,” she says. “Therefore, I plan to go to medical school after my time at Acadia University. I plan to become an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon to work closely with athletes. I have had such a positive and impactful experience with sport that has influenced my desire to be able to work closely with athletes even though I am no longer competing.


MacLean praised his parents for their support throughout his athletic career.

“Without them, I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she said.

The MacLeans have traveled many miles to get her to play at the highest level possible. She competed for the Sask Stealth, a top volleyball team based in Regina.

“In grades 11 and 12, I would drive to Saskatoon twice a week and Regina once a week to practice at the volleyball club. In the fall and spring, I drove to Regina twice a week for Volleyball Canada’s Regional Excellence Program. I also competed on the Saskatchewan Provincial Volleyball Team from 16U to 18U and the Saskatchewan Provincial Basketball Team from 17U which consumed most of my summers and their summers. …

“Without my parents, none of these opportunities would have been possible. They have been extremely supported financially and emotionally throughout this journey. Whether it’s making sure I have gas for my trips to Saskatoon, making dinner when I get home, driving me to out-of-province tournaments, or drop out every weekend from December to May, my parents have been there since me. I am extremely grateful.


MacLean played a wide variety of sports at HCI. In addition to volleyball and basketball, these included badminton, flag football, cross country, and track and field.

“My favorite part of my time playing sports at HCI is developing valuable friendships and leadership skills,” MacLean said. “I always look forward to having tournaments every weekend throughout the basketball and volleyball season because I love competition. My best memory is winning bronze at the SHSAA 4A Volleyball Provincial Championships last year I will always be grateful for the time I spent wearing a Mohawk jersey.

HCI head coach Jarrod Regush pointed to three areas where MacLean excelled as a passer.

“The fundamentals of tuning are one of them. Katie realized that before you can sprint, you have to learn to walk. She was consistent at all times, being able to perfect even the simplest tasks. Having done this, she was able to significantly expand her skills. She was able to add aspects to her game that went far beyond high school athletic levels.

“Decision-making comes next. Katie studies volleyball. If there’s a match, Katie is probably watching. This went straight to his performance on the pitch. She is able to decide and make changes to games on the fly based on the progress of the game.

“Finally, its competitiveness allows it to differentiate itself from others. Whether we’re up 10s or down 10s, Katie treats every point as if the game is on the line. Leaving it all on the field every time she sets foot on it, it’s no surprise how much she has contributed to the success of our team.

Regush also praised MacLean’s work ethic. He said she spent countless hours in the gym outside of regular team practices. Regush said that even in the offseason, “we were often training in the gym and developing new skills to take her to the next level. Through her commitment to Acadia University, she’s really starting to see the results of all his hard work are paying off.


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