It was just a matter of time until men’s volleyballer Jasmin Cull would break the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association all-time career aces record, and Tuesday night against the Sheridan Bruins, the Mohawk Mountaineers star did just that. With seven aces to his credit in the five-set match, Cull overtook Redeemer’s Rich Vanderwier for the career achievement.
A fourth year player, Cull has turned in several dominant performances this season including a 12-ace performance to kick off the season versus the Fanshawe Falcons.
The Ancaster native is currently averaging 7.2 aces per match and should break the individual scoring record for single season aces in his upcoming tilt against the St. Clair Saints on Saturday (Jan. 19). Cull is just two aces away from tying the mark set by Georgian’s Eric Talsma, who set the standard in the 2005-06 season with 38 aces.
“It’s nice to break a record, and I’m happy about the achievement, but aces really don’t mean that much to me,” said Cull. “At this point I would rather win gold with our team and have that memory last forever. It’s the last year for some of the guys and nothing would be sweeter then winning with the most amazing team I have ever played with.”
If Cull is able to maintain his current pace, which would leave him with 79 aces on the year; this could be one record that will stand for a while as the Mohawk Mountaineers still have six games remaining on their regular season schedule.
What lays ahead for the 6’4 standout? “I’ve worked hard to become a better player, and so that I could get myself recognized in volleyball in hopes it might take me somewhere,” said Cull. “I still want to work hard for my future goal of playing pro over seas and playing at the highest level.”
Cull began his OCAA career in the 2003-04 season when he played one full season with the Loyalist Lancers and three games of a second season, before sitting out the remainder of the season to ensure his eligibility when he transferred to his current Mohawk team.
Since arriving in Hamilton, he has earned an OCAA silver medal with the Mountaineers and currently, Cull’s Mohawk team is the top ranked team in Ontario and the sixth ranked team in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association.
Career Aces Recap
2003-04 (Loyalist) 19
2004-05 (Loyalist) 3
2006-07 (Mohawk) 34
2007-08 (Mohawk) 36*
* denotes current season