TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women's volleyball team announced Thursday its first commit for the 2017-18 season in Lindsay Kleuskens.

Hailing from London, Ont., Kleuskens plays the middle position with the London Volleyball Club.

A former basketball player turned volleyball player, Kleuskens has quickly risen through the volleyball ranks. She was named an alternate for the 17U Team Ontario squad in the 2016 season, was invited to the junior national team tryout, and has had success with her London club team, winning two Ontario Volleyball Association bronze medals.

In 2016, Kleuskens won a silver medal at the 17U club national championship and was named a national all-star at the tournament.

"I would consider myself a hardworking athlete and a quick learner," said Kleuskens. "I originally made my club's 'A' team as my coach's challenge for the season; to take me, a lanky basketball player with some C-team experience and a lot of height, and turn me into a volleyball player. I fell in love with the sport and have since been determined to keep getting better."

"Lindsay's development over the past year with London Volleyball Club has been tremendous," said Ryerson head coach Dustin Reid. "She's a quick and dynamic player currently excelling at middle and has the potential to play all three attacking positions down the road."

A student from Saunders S.S., Kleuskens is still deciding on a major at Ryerson but is excited to start her career.

"I love the atmosphere! I really felt like I needed a place where I could grow as an athlete, as well as study somewhere that would appreciate my more creative side. With Ryerson's quality volleyball and interesting programs, I decided it would be the perfect place for me," said Kleuskens.