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Quigley signs with Seawolves Volleyball

Author: R. Oram

Posted on Jun 22, 2023

Category: ACAA , Volleyball , Varsity Sports

Ava Quigley has officially signed with the UNB Saint John Seawolves women’s volleyball team for the 2023-24 varsity season.


Quigley hails from Fredericton, NB, and will be graduating from Fredericton High School.  Ava played for the Reds 17U and 18U volleyball programs, where this year her team won the Boston Volleyball Fest and the Elites of the East tournament, with her being named tournament all-star.

For Quigley, volleyball is a form of therapy. “Volleyball means everything to me; practice is what I look forward to throughout my days at school,” says Quigley. “If I have had a long day I don’t want to go home and relax, I want to go to the gym and play volleyball. I let everything go when I'm on the court, and I focus on becoming a better player. I love it so much.”

This love of the game led Ava to be named the Reds’ most-improved player two years in a row.  Recently becoming a setter in her 17U season, she has adjusted well to the new position in the eyes of Seawolves head coach Colin Chambers. “Ava has been setting for a relatively short time, but she is very fluid in her movements and does not at all appear out of place in the role,” said the coach. “Her confident demeanor is well suited to the setting position, which carries an inherent expectation of leadership. She emphasizes the little things on the court and doesn’t cut corners; this is likely what allowed her to develop so rapidly at the position. Her work ethic and focus affirm her determination to be the best that she can be.”

A big inspiration to Quigley’s game has been Charlotte Glass, a young setter who runs her offence with ease, something she hopes to imitate.  Another role model for Quigley has been her Reds coach, Kristen O’Brien, whom she credits with helping her develop into the player she is today. Adding to the list of her inspirations as a Setter, Ava looks up to her other Reds coach Lauren Colpitts, a former university player, and an “insane setter,” according to Quigley.

Quigley was drawn to UNB Saint John by the friendly team atmosphere. “I chose UNB Saint John because when I visited the campus and practiced with the team everything just felt right. Everyone was so welcoming, and I could really picture myself there in the future!”

Looking to continue on her upward trajectory this season, Ava hopes to “become an overall better volleyball player and to contribute to my new team to the best of my ability. To progress as an offensive setter, with my blocks, kills, etc. Also, to become comfortable with each player on my team and learn and evolve with them to run a great offense.”

Coach Chambers believes in Ava’s potential, noting that she will provide quality depth at a critical position like setter. Additionally, Chambers sees the Seawolves’ dynamic hitters allowing Ava to diversify her setting toolkit and ensure her continued growth in the role.

Academically, Ava will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science at UNB Saint John, with the hopes of going to veterinary school afterward.

Welcome to the Seawolves Family, Ava!