Men’s Volleyball Add Six To 2016-17 Roster
The University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s volleyball program is pleased to announce six additions to the 2016-17 roster.
The high school recruitment class to the reigning Canada West silver medalists include left side Connor Murray, left side Evan Parchomchuk, left/right side Dylan Mortensen and middle Simon Burton-Foi. Also joining the Huskies is CIS-transfer Aidan Saladana. Former Huskies’ setter Zak Rempel will also return to the team for 2016-17 moving to an outside position. The group will join previously announced setter Derek Epp.
“We graduated four fifth-year athletes in 2016,” said Huskie head coach Brian Gavlas. “We need someone to step up and fill the vacancy left by Jordan Nowakowski and Robert Graham. It will be a battle for the teammates to win starting spots and roster spots, which makes for competitive practices. There will be some tough choices, but lots of pieces of the puzzle to work with. We expect to build off last year’s Canada West silver medal and CIS fourth place finish.”
The 2016-17 Canada West schedule will be announced Wednesday.
2016-17 RECRUITING CLASS
Zak Rempel, 6-5, LS/RS, Saskatoon
Rempel returns to the Huskie program after a year hiatus to train for beach volleyball. The athletic and dynamic, former setter, will look to make an impact at one of the corner positions. Rempel will finish his degree in the Edwards School of Business.
“Zak is a dynamic athlete. He will have to work hard to make the conversion to a corner but he has the makeup and competitive experience to help our program.”
Aidan Saladana, 6-6, LS/RS, Moose Jaw
Saladana joins the Huskies after a red shit year with the University of Alberta Golden Bears. The former Team Saskatchewan member will look to battle for a starting spot with the Huskies. Saladana will enter the College of Arts & Science.
“We recruited Aidan out of high school and are happy to have him join our program. He will provide depth and challenge for a starting position at any of the three attacking spots.”
Connor Murray, 6-0, LS, Prince Albert
A top Saskatchewan recruit, Murray had success in both volleyball and basketball for the St. Mary High School program in Prince Albert. Murray won the SHSAA 5A gold medal in volleyball, as well as a 5A silver medal in basketball. Murray will be expected to see court time with the Huskies in his rookie season. He is a member of the 2017 Team Saskatchewan competing in Kingston at National Team Challenge Cup this summer. He will study in the College of Arts & Science.
“Connor is an exceptional athlete, jumper and volleyball player. He is the most skilled recruit we have seen in a long time. He can already serve, pass, and defend at the CIS level. I’m not sure his attacking is far behind. His competitive spirit is off the charts and he will be pressing hard for court time in his first year.”
Evan Parchomchuk, 6-3, LS, Prince Albert
A three-sport athlete in high school, Parchomchuk played volleyball, basketball and football for the St. Mary Marauders. Joining Murray, Parchomchuk is also a member of the Saskatchewan team heading to NTCC. He will study in the College of Kinesiology.
“Evan has a great work ethic and a lot of strength. Evan is expected to battle for a roster spot and provide a winning mentality and competitive depth with the program.”
Dylan Mortensen, 6-5, LS/RS, Swift Current
Another dual sport athlete, Mortensen will also represent Saskatchewan this summer. He is enrolled in Edwards School of Business.
“Dylan is the ‘dark-horse’. He burst on the scene this year after sprouting six inches in the past half year. He needs a year of strength and development and we will see him take off with our program.”
Simon Burton-Foui, M, 6-6, Saskatoon
Burton-Foui is the fourth dual sport member of this summer’s provincial team that is committed to the UofS. He will study in the College of Arts and Science.
“Simon fits a similar mold as graduating middle Rob Graham. Slightly undersized but with hard work and determination, can make a major impact on our program in the future.”