Brianna Solberg is set to become a Dino, although her game is anything but prehistoric.
The Miles Macdonell Buckeyes outside hitter recently committed to joining the University of Calgary on a full scholarship.
Solberg, a Riverbend and Pritchard Farm resident, said the Dinos are an up-and-coming team and she expects to slide right in and grow with the young squad. This year’s Calgary club entered the Christmas break with a 6-6 record in Canada West Conference play.
Solberg doesn’t know exactly how she will fit into the plans of head coach Natalie Schwartz but said she’s driven to perform with a "competitive edge."
"I feel like they’re just going to get better and better over the next five years," she said. "I don’t know where I’ll fit in exactly. Everyone has to earn a spot on the floor. She (Schwartz) doesn’t guarantee anyone starting or anything."
Solberg will head west with some hardware in hand. She received the Mike Burchuk Award as Manitoba’s top graduating female high school player at the graduating all-stars game and banquet earlier this month.
Solberg was surprised to receive the award, as she was ranked second to Laura McManes of Glenlawn in a recent coaches’ poll.
The honour didn’t shock Buckeyes head coach Nadia Melon, as the 6-foot Solberg boasts an imposing vertical to help her attack and defence while also possessing the ability to set up plays in the back row.
In addition, Melon lauded Solberg’s drive, which helped lead Miles Mac to a final four appearance at last month’s Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association’s AAAA provincials.
"She’s a kid who brings a certain energy level, enjoys playing and loves it," Melon said. "She has a love of the game and brings that piece of the game to each practice, as well as to each match."
Melon feels there will be an adjustment period of getting used to the increased level of university competition, but is confident Solberg will adjust quickly.
Solberg expects Cowtown to be just the right fit for her, not just athletically, but academically as well.
"When I went there in the summer, everything just fell into place," said Solberg. "I felt really welcome and they have the types of programs that I’m looking for.
"They have a vet school, and that’s exactly what I want to get into for my post-graduate."