Langley Christian’s Olivia Heinen sets up her team’s attack during the Langley district junior girls championships. Now graduated from high school, Heinen will suit up for the UFV Cascades volleyball program in the fall. Gary Ahuja Langley Times file photo

Langley’s Heinen set to suit up for Cascades

Langley Christian setter joining UFV in the fall

Olivia Heinen won’t be going far as she transitions into college volleyball as she is joining the UFV (University of the Fraser Valley) Cascades.

The five-10-setter brings a winning pedigree to the Abbotsford school after playing an integral role with the Langley Christian Lightning the past three years.

In Grade 10, she earned most valuable player honours in helping the Lightning win the provincial title. She followed that up with a second team all-star nod in Grade 11 and then this past year was a first team all-star as the Lightning won silver.

“Olivia might be the best setter in the province for her age group,” said UFV coach Mike Gilray.

“If she was maybe two inches taller, we wouldn’t be having this conversation because I think there would be a dozen U SPORTS and U.S. schools looking at her.

“Her ball location and her strength are the top in B.C., for sure. Her overall smarts and understanding of the game are great, and she’s had very good coaching technically.”

Heinen also excelled with the Langley-based Airborne Volleyball Club.

She was MVP of the 2016 provincial championship as Airborne won gold, and she helped the team to a provincial silver medal and a tie for fifth place at U18 nationals this year.