Volleyballer foregoes LA for Steel Town

Danny Demyanenko

Already having assembled an outstanding 2012 recruiting class, McMaster Marauders have added an unexpected addition to the group of first-year athletes that will be donning Maroon this fall.

Provincial high school champion and national club champion Danny Demyanenko of Toronto has confirmed he will be suiting up for the Marauders in September.

A 6-foot-6 middle, Demyanenko is a graduate of St. Michael’s College, and led his high school team to the past two Ontario Quad-A titles. As a player for the Toronto Crush Club, he has helped that team win four national age-group championships. In addition to his indoor exploits, Demyanenko is a decorated beach player and has represented Canada twice at the world championships, finishing fifth (U-19) and fourth (U-21) respectively.

Previously committed to University of California, Los Angeles in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Demyanenko, who has an academic average in the 90s, had a change of heart regarding his choice of school and contacted Marauders’ Master coach Dave Preston about the possibility of attending McMaster.

“Danny is a tremendous athlete and a great student and we are very excited that he has decided to be a Marauder,” said Preston. “With Danny and the other student-athletes that will be suiting up for our team in the fall, we are well positioned to challenge for OUA (Ontario University Athletics) and CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sports) titles for years to come.”

Demyanenko will be re-uniting with his Crush teammates Stephen Maar (Aurora) and Jayson McCarthy (Oshawa), who were previously announced as McMaster commits. Those three, along with another Marauder recruit, Shayne Herbert (Mississauga), are currently training with Ontario’s under-19 provincial team.

Preston says the influx of new blood should blend well with a solid cast of returning veterans to keep the Maroon and Grey in championship contention.

“With character, talent, hard work, dedication and commitment we will continue to pursue excellence the ‘McMaster Way’.”