The Gilbert Plains Trojans women's volleyball program has been unstoppable for the past few years. Whether that be in tournaments or on the provincial stage, the team has rolled past their opponents, at times, with much ease.
A big reason for the team's success over the past several years has been the play of Mackenzie Zatylny. The 17-year-old helped the Trojans win three straight provincial titles, the most recent of which came this past November when the team swept Strathclair in the finals.
Mackenzie was also recognized as a top player at many events throughout the past few years. She was named the provincials Most Valuable Player in 2018 and 2019 and she was named a tournament all-star in 2017. She was also named an MHSAA Athlete of the Week in 2018 and made this past year's graduating all-star team.
Although her high school playing days are numbered, Zatylny is set to open a new chapter on her playing career and it'll begin this fall in a place where she's currently playing club volleyball. Mackenzie has committed to play for the Assiniboine Community College Cougar's women's volleyball team next season. The commitment comes after she garnered interest from a few different schools.
"It feels pretty great. I'm really excited to extend my volleyball career starting in the fall," said Zatylny. "It's a pretty special feeling and I can't wait to get things going."
This past season's Cougars team qualified for the playoffs after going 8-12 in the regular season. In the playoffs, they pushed the first-ranked USB Rouges to the fifth set.
"I've been following ACC for quite a while and I know they have a lot of skill and a bright future," continued Zatylny. "I want to be on a team that can win games and has a chance to win a title, which was my goal."
Playing on the Brandon Cats right now, Zatylny has helped the team to a pretty good start to their season. They have two bronze medals and one silver medal to their name, one year after finishing with a silver medal at the provincials last year. After being a starter for her entire high school career which has many accolades to show for it, Mackenzie knows what she wants to achieve at the next level and it all starts with this one thing.
"I want to be a starter and play as much as possible," she concluded. "I'm on the team for a reason, my goal is to be a starter and I'll work extremely hard to try and achieve that goal."