Top Volleyball Recruits from the US

November 24th, 2010

The Vancouver Island University Mariners Women’s Volleyball team is excited to announce the first two signings for the 2011/12 season. Joining the Mariners for next season are Marlie Temple and Lydia Tollbom, both transferring from American Colleges.


Marlie Temple is a 6 foot middle blocker who has played 2 years at Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Florida playing for Coach Kim Whitney.  Her team has had an exceptionally strong season this year with a 32-6 league record and has just captured the school’s first ever NCJAA National Championship. Marlie has been the starting middle both season’s with the ------ and was named a 2nd team all-star in her freshman year. Marlie is no stranger to volleyball in BC. She is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where she grew up and went to high school.  She attended South Delta Secondary School and graduated in 2009 with academic and athletic honors. In 2007 her club team Action Impact were silver medalists at the Provincial Championships and 5th in 2008. Marlie was a member of our Provincial team in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and made the starting line-up for the National Team Challenge Cup in Calgary in July, 2008.  “We are very excited to have a player of Marlie’s athletic ability join our team. Marlie is a player we can use at any position. I had the opportunity to watch Marlie in her high school and Club career and I was always a fan,” explained Shane Hyde, VIU’s Head Coach. Marlie is also a very competitive Beach volleyball player and has been playing a great deal in her off season in Florida. Marlie is currently working towards a Psychology major. 

Lydia Tollbom is a 6 foot 2 inch outside hitter from Sand Point, Idaho. Lydia comes to the Mariners after playing for two US Colleges. Her last team was the Lewis-and-Clark State Warriors and before that she spent 2 years at North Idaho College. During Lydia’s three years of US College volleyball she played both power and right side. At North Idaho College, Lydia helped the Cardinals to an 11th place National placing. In Lydia’s freshman season she appeared in 49 games and averaged 2.20 kills per game. Her next season as a sophomore, Lydia was second on her team for kills with 2.62 per game and finished with 102 kills for the season. During her sophomore season she was the MVP of the Spokane Falls INWC Classic. In high school she was a two-time letter winner in volleyball at Sandpoint High and earned an all-Inland Empire League Second Team All-star. Lydia helped the Bulldogs win both the District I-II and Idaho State Class 4A tournament titles in her senior season. “We are very pleased to have someone with Lydia’s experience join our team. Lydia is a very powerful offensive player who puts up an extremely large block. I am certain she will be an impact player right off the start for us,” added Hyde. Tollbom will pursue a degree in Elementary education while at VIU.