Hard work pays off for Schneider as women place second in Western Division

by | Feb 19, 2020 | Campus News, Feature

Pablo Balza, Sports Reporter

Hawks’ Lauren Schneider set a personal best against the Cambrian Golden Shield. She hit 36 dimes — hitting the ball off her opponent’s faces while on a 3-1 win during the team’s recent Nickel Belt tour.

The second-year University of Guelph-Humber psychology student and setter was named Athlete of the Week for Feb. 10 following the Feb. 8 game against Boreal and against Cambrian a day later.

“It feels really good, especially because I’m really happy of getting more opportunities this year,” Schneider said. “I’m getting more game time and more experience, and it gave me motivation to improve on myself.” She also achieved another personal record with a total of 66 assists in the wins against Cambrian and Boréal Colleges.

“I’m really proud of my performance on the court, I feel all the hard work I’ve been putting in the gym has paid off,” Schneider said.

The volleyball regular season is finally done as Humber defeated Redeemer 3-0 on Feb. 13 and also defeated St. Clair 3-1 on Feb. 16 to finish second in the West Division with a 15-3 regular-season record.

“Being second place in the conference feels good, the team and myself have worked hard for this moment, there’s more to improve together but I’m ready for Nationals to (prove) what we got as a team,” Schneider said.

Schneider said head coach Chris Wilkins has had a powerful impact on the volleyball team in developing its winning ways.

“What I really like about him is that he is really simple and understanding, he keeps up focused during practices and games and he cares about each single one of us in the team,” Schneider said.

Humber’s outside hitter Olivia Foley said Schneider earned the Athlete of the Week award due to her outstanding performance.

“She deserves it, she has been putting a lot of effort and has helped us play the game better, I’m happy to play beside her on the court,” Foley said.

Humber’s middle blocker Shiann Williams said Schneider’s on- and off-court work helped her reach new levels.

“Honestly, she worked hard for those two records, she is an amazing player,” Williams said. “She has improved since the beginning of the season and also a great friend and person to be around with.”