Volleyball standout Lucy Charuk has a little extra to celebrate over the holiday season, helping her professional team capture the Slovenian Cup.
Calcit Volley defeated NKBM Branik 3-1 in the championship match played on Dec. 23. The 29-year-old veteran senior national team member was also named best blocker of the championships.
The South Delta Secondary graduate, who went on to enjoy a decorated collegiate career at the University of Houston on a full-ride scholarship, is the lone North American player on a roster that features 10 players from Slovenia and another from Serbia.
Playing professionally in Europe is nothing new for Charuk.
She initially played for a team in Croatia while still attending Houston. She then had stops in Slovenia, Romania and Germany before stepping away for a year to focus on her commitment with the national team which is based out of the Richmond Olympic Oval.
The 6-foot-2 middle blocker had spent much of the year recovering from knee surgery last February that limited her national team duties this past international season.
Her father — Al Charuk — was a longtime local community football coach with the South Delta Rams who played eight seasons in the CFL with the B.C. Lions and Toronto Argos.