Gavlas, Epp named to Canadian Junior Team

Derek Epp

Epp, who will join the Huskies in 2016-17 and is the brother to current Huskie middle Tyler Epp

University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s volleyball setters CJ Gavlas and Derek Epp have been named to the Volleyball Canada Junior national team that will look to secure the nation a spot in the World Junior Championship.

The Junior National team will train in Gatineau, Quebec to prepare for the U21 NORCECA Continental Championship from July 5-10. The event, hosted in Gatineau, will serve as a qualification for the 2017 U21 Men’s World Junior Championship. Canada will look to secure one of two spots at the World Championship through the event for the fifth time in a row.

“It’s an exciting time for our Huskie program and the representation we have with Canada’s National programs,” said Huskie head coach Brian Gavlas. “CJ and Derek join Braden Maclean, Bryan Fraser and, of course, Gavin Schmitt as present players wearing the maple leaf. We are very proud of CJ and Derek and they are very deserving. They have trained hard together and apart for quite a while to reach this lofty goal. It’s a testament to their hard work as well as our club system and coaches, particularly Mark Dodds and Joel Dyck over the last few years. We wish them all the best in their quest for the World Championships berth.”

Gavlas turned heads in the CIS in his rookie campaign in the 2015-16 season. Gavlas was named the Huskie Athletics Male Rookie of the Year, Canada West Rookie of the Year and CIS Rookie of the Year. Gavlas stepped into the starting setter role, helping the Huskies to a 15-9 record, a silver medal at the Canada West Final Four and a fourth place finish at the CIS Championship. He averaged 9.25 assists per set and kept pace with the top setters in the conference in blocks, points and service aces.

Epp, who will join the Huskies in 2016-17 and is the brother to current Huskie middle Tyler Epp, is a four-time provincial team member and was previously a part of the Huskie Volleyball Club. The Marion Graham Collegiate senior was selected to the 2015 Team Canada National Men’s Youth Team, playing with some of the country’s top young players.