LCI Rams standout Malcolm Fisher signs on to play with the Kodiaks

By Garrett Simmons

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Communications Officer

Malcolm Fisher is set to compete for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks next season.

A Grade 12 student at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, Fisher made it official Wednesday afternoon, as the Southern Alberta High School Volleyball League standout officially signed on to play volleyball for coach Greg Gibos and the Kodiaks.

“The biggest thing we look at when we are recruiting is not only talent but also the quality of the person,” said Gibos, who added Fisher’s commitment to excellence inside the classroom and in the community in general were large factors.

Of course, Fisher’s commitment to defence didn’t hurt either, as the LCI Rams senior was one of the top defensive specialists in the league last year at his libero position.

“We know him to be one of the best in that position in southern Alberta,” said Gibos.

The coach added he expects Fisher to add depth to the libero position with the Kodiaks.

“Next year, we should make a run at the national championship,” said Gibos, whose team will return a significant chunk of this year’s roster.

Lethbridge sits 9-5 on the season, with quality wins over a couple of nationally-ranked teams.

Next year, Fisher will be one of the three LCI grads on the Kodiaks, a team which will also feature a former Chinook Coyotes player.

“There are a lot of really good athletes in southern Alberta,” said Gibos.

Fisher, who will take general studies at the college as he prepares himself to one day enter the Education program at the University of Lethbridge, used one word to describe his signing with the Kodiaks.

“Unbelievable,” he said. “I’ve been extremely nervous all day, and it means a lot to join my hometown team with such a great coach.”

Fisher was in Grade 10 when he met coach Gibos, and added the two hit it off right away. That was one of the main reasons he decided to stay home to play college volleyball.

Making the move from high school to college, will not come without its challenges, Fisher added.

“I will really have to adapt to their playing style and the speed of the ball,” he said, as he went on to say he will look to bring his distinctive high-school style of play. “I have been defined as quite energetic and loud.”

The Kodiaks, currently on a six-match winning streak, will hit the court next on Friday, Jan. 19, as the team travels to Medicine Hat to face the Rattlers. Medicine Hat makes a return visit to Lethbridge on Jan. 20.

Date posted: Jan, 10, 2018