May 15 2014 ISN – The University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s volleyball program is proud to announce
its 2014 recruiting class.
A large class, no less than nine players will join the program with many coming from
high school that are slated to red shirt during the 2014-15 season. The high school
class is one of the deepest since 2009 when two-time Canada West all-star Bryan
Fraser, Team Canada’s Braden McLean, 2009 Huskie Athletics Rookie of the Year
Matthew Busse, as well as Paul Thomson and Robert Graham joined the Huskies.
The Huskies enter the 2014-15 season an experienced team and program and prep to
host the CIS Men’s Volleyball Championship February 26-28. After the season, five
players will graduate.
Colin Fraser – Saskatoon, SK – Bishop James Mahoney
Position: 6-6, Left Side
Highlighting the group of high school recruits is Colin Fraser, brother to recently
graduated Bryan Fraser.
A top high school athlete in Saskatoon, Colin has played football, basketball and
volleyball for Bishop James Mahoney. Although peaking interest in basketball and
football, Colin is a top volleyball player in the province and will be looked at to
make an impact in his rookie campaign.
“Colin is and will be an outstanding player for our program,” said Huskie head coach
Brian Gavlas. “He is a great student-athlete and a polished volleyball player. He
presently has the skill set, size, and jumping ability to make an immediate impact
with our program.”
Rounding out the high school recruits are:
Austin Olexsyn – Prince Albert – St. Mary’s High School – 6-4 Setter
Stephen Senicar – Kincaid, SK – 6-6 Middle Hitter
Aaron Halyk – Prince Albert – St. Mary’s High School – 6-4 Left Side
Kale Little – Estevan – 6-6 Right Side
Connor Waterman – Meadow Lake – 6-3 Left Side
The high school athletes will look to represent Saskatchewan with the provincial
team that competes at the National Team Challenge Cup in Gatineau, Quebec in July.
“Everyone of the individuals listed are expected to make an impact with our program
in the future,” said Gavlas. “With the experience of our present players and the
turnover for the future, it is essential to have these guys commit to our program.
Their first year will be spent committing to the classroom, weight room, and
preparing skill and tactics for the university game.”
Two college transfers also join the Huskies:
Troy Wiebe – Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves
Position – 6-2, Setter
After two seasons in the ACAC, Troy Wiebe will transfer to the Huskies. A starting
setter with club and Alberta Provincial teams, Wiebe led Team Alberta to a gold
medal at the NTCC.
“Troy will provide depth and experience for our program in the setting position,”
said Gavlas. “He is a focused and driven player and expects to make an impact at the
Alex Harvalias – Capilano University Blues
Position – 6-2, Left Side
Alex Harvalias transfers after two seasons in the PACWEST where he ranked in the top
10 in aces, digs, kills and total offence.
“Alex will be a good addition to our program,” said Gavlas. “He is a solid defender
and attacker and will provide depth to our team. He expects to make an impact on our
roster this year.”
The Huskies also welcome CIS transfer Andrew Nelson:
Andrew Nelson – University of Regina Cougars
Position: 6-6, Right Side
Andrew Nelson was named the Canada West and CIS Rookie of the Year in the 2011-12
season after recording 230 kills and 29 blocks in 18 matches. Nelson will sit out
the 2014-15 season due to CIS transfer rules.
“Andrew can use the year to train and get healthy as he had quite the workload the
past three years,” said Gavlas. “We look forward to him joining the Huskies.”
Finally is the addition of Swiss libero Etienne Hagenbuch:
Etienne Hagenbuch played in the Swiss Volleyball League and helped the TV
Schonenwerd to the national final. The 19-year-old has also represented the Swiss
Junior National Team and is currently a member of the Swiss Senior National Team.
“Etienne has been playing volleyball in his country and at the highest level,” said
Gavlas. “He is a solid player with lots of passion and enthusiasm. He will be a big
part of our team for the present and future and will provide some depth at the very
important libero position.”