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MavAlum to be inducted in Tiger Hall of Fame

2016 / 02 / 26

To say that two individuals epitomize everything the Maverick Volleyball Club strives to do would be an understatement when you mention Paul VIllenueve (85-89) and Eric Villenuve (86-90) as founding players in the Maverick Volleyball Club.

As students of Colonel By SS they were both drawn in by club founders Kerry MacLean and Paul Papineau as the types of players the Maverick Club were trying to develop and promote. Both were avid lovers of the game and gave of themselves both as teammates and ambassadors of the sport. working at tournaments, helping coach younger teams and supporting our girls teams were just more reasons for these two to be in the gym whenever possible as so many current players do. In line with there passion came a plethera of young players that would go on to establish the brand know as Maverick Volleyball.

Paul was the first club member (along with teammate David St Helene) to be selected for Team Ontario honours and one of three intial Mavericks to win a Canada Games medal. Younger brother Eric was also a member of Team Ontario for two summers but was not in a Canada Games cycel. They both were also the first two athletes to be selected for team Canada try-out camps who were of Maverick pedigree.

Paul was recruited by Dalhousie Coach Al Scott while competing with Ontario and from that point forward the Tiger/Maverick connection was made. So many young men have ventured to the East Coast to play for the AUS record setting program that it is hard to mention them all. But topping the list would be these two guys. Paul was first to lead the Tigers to a medal in the CIAU (now CIS) with consecutive bronze performances however it was younger brother Eric along with three other Mav alum (Chris Schwarz, Jamie Mallon and a yong Jason Trepanier) who took the Tigers to a National final in 1997

Paul and eric have been Coaches wtih the Tigers for several season since their graduation giving back to the sport and both have been certified officials. Their role as unofficial host to all Maverick alumni since has been a great comfort to players like Dan Whitting, Travis MacLean and Scott Bailey as they have made the move to Halifax.

On a personal note I would like to send the congratulations on behalf of our entire organization for getting us off to such a great start as a volleyball club. Your names are still synonymous with our club and the standard you have once again set with your induction sets the bar for all our young players to strive for in the future.

All my thanks and the congratualtions of an entire club on your acheivement,

Coach

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