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Five additional Maverick athletes named to National Teams.

2015 / 07 / 20

 

If you have been following this article over the weekend you will have noticed that it was changed a few times to add more athletes. At the conclusion of this weekend's last NTTC tournament a total of five athletes were named to age group National Teams along with our three former athletes named earlier in the summer to Senior National teams. That gives the Club a total of 8 athletes named this summer!

By late Sunday afternoon we had 4 current athletes named plus 3 former athletes named previously to make 7 in total however with an incredible coincidence our 8th athlete, Alex Nsakanda was named to the Youth National Select team and he wore uniform number 8 for Team Ontario. It was meant to be!

The Club is incredibly proud of you all!

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Friday July 17, 2015 at around 5PM Pacific Team, Alina Dormann (Mav’15) and Emie Gaboury (Mav’16) were extremely disappointed that their only loss of the National Team Challenge Cup (NTCC) was in the gold medal match were they along with Claudia Besner (Mav’15) formed 3 of the 7 starters for Team Ontario Red. They had lost to Team BC in three straight sets, a team that they had beaten the day before in pool play.

Their disappointment must have been short lived as after the gold medal match the Women’s Junior National Team (WJNT) selections were named. The NTCCs this year was the try out for our WJNT where provincial teams from across Canada assembled to train and compete against one another with an eye on one of the 12 rosters spots on the WJNT. The WJNT will compete at USA Volleyball’s High Performance tournament in Demoines, Iowa against other National Teams.

The last time Volleyball Canada held the selection camp at the NTCCs, Shainah Joseph (Mav’2013) became the first Maverick named to the WJNT. Shainah just finished competing with our Senior Women’s A team this past summer at the Pan Am Cup.

Congratulations to Emie Gaboury and Alina Dormann who become the second and third Maverick athletes to be named to a WJNT.

Alina is no stranger to accolades for her volleyball skills. The future University of Toronto Varsity Blues athlete, (fall 2015) has been a Quest for Gold recipient, a 2015 OVA All Star Award winner and 2014 NTCC All Star team selection. If you had to wager a bet on who would be one of the top 12, Alina would have been a safe wager if she was on her game. She was one of the most heavily recruited athletes as young as her 16U year and the university recruiters only grew larger as she got older. Alina had all the makings of an elite level athlete from a very young age; she just needed to acquire the valuable volleyball contacts. This will undoubtedly not be the last we will hear from Alina with her continued hard work she will make an impact at the CIS level and hopefully the Senior National Team level for many years to come.

Emie Gaboury is also a very special athlete, at 6’1 she has been described by some university coaches as an international setter in the making. After her 15U season, her first full season setting, she made the huge leap from a mid-Championship 15U team (around 40th ranked) to a top 10 team in Canada at 17U the following year. The learning curve was steep but she worked her way through it. Her first experience with Team Ontario and the NTCCs was last summer, where as an 16 year old she was on a team of the best 17 and 18 year olds in Ontario and her contribution to that summer’s edition of Team Ontario was not as significant as she had hoped for herself. Un-phased she went back to work this past season and continued to work hard to show her detractors who thought she was too slow to be an elite setter and too big to play defense that they were wrong.

At this year’s NTTCs she clearly showed that she was one of the best setters in Canada competing against athletes one year older and succeeding. Emie returns to the Club for her final season this fall and we are sure like her Junior National Team mate, Alina, before her Emie will have to make a tough decision on her post-secondary choice as a setter who has been identfied to have international level potential are what universities build their programs around.

Last and certainty not least congratulations to Kevin LeBreux (Mav’16) for being named to the Youth National Select training group for athletes born in 1998 or later. 

Kevin, will train with the very best athletes born in 1998 or later for a week and form the Youth National Select group.

Kevin, who stands at 6’11 has trained with our National Men’s Full Time Training Centre (with university graduated athletes and professionals) and accompanied the team on their annual trip to Europe this past March. Kevin was also able to train with the French National Team Training Centre athletes during that trip.

Kevin was a 2015 OVA All Star and another athlete that has international potential who helped his Team Ontario Red team to a bronze medal finish at the NTTCs. Although likely disappointed he wasn’t named to the 18U Youth National Team (1997 or later), Kevin will return to Club volleyball next season with the goal of at least making that team next season.

Added: Our sincere apologies to Jacob Nesbitt (Mav'16) who as a member of Team Quebec was named to Youth National Select group for athletes born in 1998 and later. 

Jacob and his family have been incredibly dedicated to the sport of volleyball and the Maverick Club as his older sisters have either played (Hayley) and coached (Katie) and his two younger twin brothers currently play in the Club (Jacob and Issac). The family travels in from Wakefield multiple times a week for them train with the Club.

Over the course of this past season Jacob has slowly become one of the most sought after middles in the OVA by university coaches as he has the great size and moves very well to help close the block. All things that we are certain that the Team Canada coaches recognized. Well done Jacob! 

Alexandre Nsakanda (Mav’17, 1999 birth year) stands at 6’4 and touches an impressive 11 feet 2.5”. He’s also a lefty which makes him a natural fit to play right side, based on his skills and international potential physique and physical testing results he has been selected to the Youth National Select (1998 or later) group joining Kevin LeBreux and Jacob Nesbitt.

 

 “Sac-a-dos” (as he is affectionately known to his team mates), has always been that quiet kid from his days as a lanky yet very athletic 12 year old on our 13U team to being one of Canada’s top prospects in the sport. Alex has been an impact player on his teams and will undoubtedly be a heavily recruited athlete in the next two years. Well done Alex!

These excellent athletes join Shainah Joseph (Mav'13) who recently competed as a member of our Women's Senior A team at the Pan Am Cup, Vicky Savard (Mav'11) and Sophie Carpentier (Mav'12) who represented Canada at the World Universiade Games in South Korea as current and former Mavericks to dawn the maple leaf and represent our country in international competition this summer.

Go Mavs Go!!

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