Daelyn Jeffers will be taking her excellent volleyball talents to Calgary this fall to play for Mount Royal University. Jeffers has a ton of opportunity in volleyball ahead of her, but it wasn’t too long ago that Jeffers wasn’t even playing the sport.
Jeffers was primarily a dancer before taking up volleyball in Grade 9. In the short amount of time since, she has gone on to play for Team B.C. at nationals twice and was recruited for the Canada Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team.
“When I started I didn’t realize where it could take me. After my first year playing, I started realizing this could maybe be a career, and I started getting offers from schools in Grade 10. Still, I didn’t think much about it,” said Jeffers.
In the summer of 2017, she won bronze at nationals with the U16 B.C. team, and the following year won silver with the U18 team. At 17, she was the youngest girl on the team. For Jeffers just to make Team B.C., she had to be one of the 14 players selected from the 112 invited to tryout. In that sense, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Jeffers had this much success so far.
“Once this high school season ended, I was recognized as a recruit for Team Canada. It was a big eye opener,” said Jeffers.
She was contacted by the national team recruitment office to send in her stats, vertical, and height, among other information, and is now waiting to hear if she’ll be a member of the 2020-21 junior national team or not.
Regardless of what transpires with Team Canada, Jeffers has a lot of opportunity ahead of her at Mount Royal.
“I’m really excited to up my level of game play. Being at university and not college, and playing against some of the best girls in the country at UBC and Trinity Western, it will further develop me as a player and help get me in the right headspace going forward,” Jeffers said.
Jeffers is taking open studies her first year, and then will move into the criminal psychology program at Mount Royal for the next three years.
Representing Fort St. John
She said she’s been fortunate to play for Team B.C. and knows how much that helped her get to the university level, but she also feels playing in Fort St. John gave her an advantage.
“A lot of people think of Fort St. John as a small town that’s hard to get recognized in, but playing here, coaches and scouts look at you more because in a small town you have a different mentality, have to work harder to get recognized and get yourself out there, and have to travel a lot more. A lot of kids from Fort St. John don’t realize how good they have it,” said Jeffers.
Still, even with that advantage, Jeffers is only the fifth student from NPSS to go on to play post- secondary volleyball. The last girl to move on was Dana Cranston, who made the Canadian national team.
“I’m super fortunate to have the life I live, and it still blows my mind at how far I’ve made it,” Jeffers said.
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