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Atlyn Proctor inks scholarship at Hutchinson College in Kansas

Local Journalism Initiative
By Local Journalism Initiative
February 6th, 2024

It’s official!

L.V. Rogers Bomber Volleyball grad Atlyn Proctor has inked full ride Division 1 NJCAA scholarship at Hutchinson Community College in in Kansas.

Proctor, graduating from LVR in the spring, has been instrumental at rejuvenating the Bomber Girls Volleyball program and will now take her skills south of the border as a member of the Blue Dragons at the left-side power hitter position.

“I choose Hutch(inson) because of the coach (Downing), her energy is off the chart,” Proctor said on the reason for taking her game south of the 49th parallel.

“I enjoyed the level of competition with a solid possibility of immediate playing time and responsibility.”

Blue Dragons coach Downing was pleased to have such a star recruit from Canada pick the Blue Dragons program.

“(I’m) honoured and grateful to add such a wonderful and talented young woman in Atlyn Proctor,” said Blue Dragons varsity women’s volleyball coach Delice Downing after signing Proctor.

“Atlyn is a strong and intelligent OH with exceptional ball control,” Downing added.

“She will bring high energy, a high volleyball IQ, passion for the game, great reading skills, strong serve receive skills and aggressive play at the net that has that ‘wow’ factor.”

Proctor is coming off an amazing senior year with the Bombers, leading LVR to a seventh-place finish at the BC High School AAA Girls Championships in Dawson Creek.

Hampered by a sprained ankle, Proctor was named to the first all-star team.

“Atlyn is a high leaper with a toolbox that all hitters need,” Downing explained about the freshman from Nelson.

“To top it off she is so coachable.”

Hutchinson Community College, established in 1928 and approximately 3.5 hours southeast of Kansas City, is fully accredited school that offers degrees in five studies.

The Blue Dragons play in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.

The Blue Dragons season came to a crashing end in November 2023, when Hutchinson Community College was upset in the opening round of the Region VI Division I Volleyball Tournament.

The second-seeded Blue Dragons were upset by seventh-seed Dodge City 22-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-16, 12-15 on Wednesday at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons’ season ends at 24-15.

Proctor will have little time to enjoy the summer as the Blue Dragons begin season play mid-summer — August 3rd for pre-season play.

Which should not be a shock to Proctor, who spent the past few summers playing for Team BC on the provincial team circuit.

“Atty is such an impact player that can elevate a match with her confident play,” said Downing.

“In our search for a strong pin hitter, we saw her ability to provide an aggressive and consistent attack, a serve that will give us an ace per set and a solid block.”

The Dawson Creek tournament concluded an exceptional high school career for the 6-foot Proctor, who first played on the Senior Bombers in Grade 9.

Proctor also played on the club circuit for the U14 West Kootenay club team in Grade 8 at Trafalgar Middle School.

The Bomber grad comes from a volleyball family as Father Greg and Mother Staci both played at the university level and overseas in Switzerland.

Proctor was part of the Kootenay Bombers squad that captured the U18 BC Club Volleyball Championships in 2023 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The Kootenay Bombers lost out to Quebec Condors at the 18U Youth Club Volleyball National in May in Calgary.

Proctor begins schooling with an entry level first-year class schedule.

After the season concludes in November, and Proctor has one semester under her belt, she will chart a path for her education.

“When Atty came on her visit everything just fell together,” Downing explained.

“She is a jewel and I look forward to training her and building her skills.

“Skies the limit for this amazing talented young woman.”

Atlyn Proctor (12) gauges the height of the ball for a spike at the 2023 BC High School AAA Girls Volleyball Championships in Dawson Creek. — Submitted photo

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