Fresh off of hosting the 2017 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, Camosun College is beginning preparations for its next major event – the 2018 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship, March 7-10.
While the college makes plans to host its second consecutive CCAA championship, Chargers Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Charles Parkinson has been focused on assembling his 2017-18 squad following the program’s three-peat PACWEST gold medal season.
Today, Camosun welcomes four of Coach Parkinson’s newest recruits (three of whom are based in Victoria) who will be suiting up for the Chargers this Fall: Mack Mravnic (Winnipeg, MB), Lorenz Vogel (Claremont), Markeith Thonger (Reynolds) and Dale MacDonell (Pacific Christian).
Mack Mravnic is a 6’6” setter from Winnipeg, MB. Weighing in at 200 lbs, Mack touches 10’7” on his block and 11’3” on his spike approach. As a player Mack’s greatest asset is his dominant net presence and offensive skill as a setter. His ability to run an effective offence and put up a massive block can be a game changer.
In his high school career Mack played for the Kelvin Clippers leading his team to the divisional finals three years in a row. For his Grade 10 and 12 years he received the MVP of the team. During the club seasons Mack played for numerous teams having a variety of success each year. Most notable being 16U Tier 1 – National Champions in the 2011 club season and a fifth place finish at the 17U level the following year.
Right out of high school Mack was recruited to play for the Brandon Bobcats in the CIS for the 2013-2015 seasons where they saw huge success making it to the CanWest final four coming up just short to the Trinity Western Spartans both years.
Mravnik’s primary draw to Camosun is the college’s Arts program as well as the high level coaching and wisdom of Head Coach Charles Parkinson. Mack looks forward to joining the Chargers in their pursuit of another National Championship.
Upcoming Claremont graduate, 6‘5“ Lorenz Vogel, is excited to join the Camosun Chargers Men’s Volleyball Team this coming 2016-17 season. Lorenz, who was born and spent most of his childhood in Germany, moved to his mother’s hometown of Victoria in 2014 and began attending Claremont in Grade 10. Having spent every summer vacation visiting family in Victoria, Lorenz knew Claremont and its boys’ volleyball coach Shon Ryan from the Big Dig Camps that he had attended during his summer vacations. Although Lorenz had played volleyball in Germany he really began to excel after arriving in Victoria and playing for Claremont’s school team under coach Shon Ryan, the VVA club team under coach Ernest Friesen and in the spring/summer grass leagues.
“There is no school team sport system in Germany and playing on the school team really helped me integrate into Canadian school life, while the club team and grass leagues helped me meet people outside of school too and feel more and more at home in Victoria,” states Lorenz.
Currently measuring 6‘5“, Lorenz has traditionally played middle blocker, but in the past season he has been playing on the left side more often where he also gets the chance to pass and attack from the back row. This past school season, Lorenz was selected as an All-Star at Camosun’s Senior Boys Volleyball Invitational and named a First Team All-Star at the Vancouver Island Championships.
Lorenz is really looking forward to the opportunity to receive first-class coaching and guidance from Head Coach Charles Parkinson and teh Camosun coaching staff as well as to reconnect with former club teammates and get to know the other members of the Chargers team.
“I really want to see what I am capable of achieving in this environment with so many talented teammates and such a great coaching and support staff,” remarks Lorenz. “It’s a real bonus to have this opportunity while getting to stay home with friends and family. After spending the last two and a half years settling in Victoria and becoming grounded, I am very happy to be able to stay and play.”
Markeith began volleyball in Grade 9 at Reynolds School where he will continue to play until June of 2017 when he graduates. In Grade 10 he joined the Victoria Volleyball Association club system in order to get additional high level coaching, and is participating with the U18 team in the hope of winning and provincial title.
In November 2016 he was chosen as one of 26 high school players to play at UBC in the First Annual BC High School Volleyball All-Star Game. At 6’4, Markeith is a bit small for the middle position, but he has managed to overcome all obstacles (and opponents) with his fantastic athleticism and rapidly improving skills.
Markeith brings those skills and energy to the Chargers in the fall of 2017 and will study Business Administration at Camosun with the goal of graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing.
Victoria native Dale MacDonell has played four seasons of volleyball and is currently a member of VVA’s U18 Black team.
He was a member of the Pacific Christian School Junior Boys’ Volleyball team that finished in 4th place at the Island Championships, and also a middle blocker for the Senior Boys’ Team that won the City and Island Championships two years in a row (2015 & 2016).
Presently standing at 6’6”, the 17 year-old has played both middle and right side during his career both at school and in club volleyball for VVA and is looking forward to enhancing his skills with the Chargers in September of 2017 and beginning his post-secondary studies in Camosun’s Business Administration program.