Mac volleyball building for next season

McMasterCurrently ranked No. 2 in Canadian Interuniversity Sport and unbeaten in Ontario University Athletics, the Marauder men’s volleyball program is working on strengthening itself for next season.

On Monday (Jan. 28), the Marauders introduced their first recruit commitment for 2013 – Cathedral grad Pawel Jedrzejewski.

An outstanding libero, Jedrzejewski was also named the recipient of the prestigious Jeff Dickins Award, presented by The Hamilton Spectator. The award is presented annually to a high school student from the greater Hamilton area, who best combines athletic excellence, academic achievement and community involvement. Dickins was a long-time sports writer at The Spec and drew tremendous satisfaction from amateur sports.

“I feel like I’ve been involved with the McMaster team for such a long time, through the Mountain Volleyball Club and coming to games for such a long time,” said Jedrzejewski, on making the decision to become a Marauder.

“The team is just such a solid group of guys and I know they will push me to get better.”

McMaster Coach Dave Preston was thrilled to get the commitment from Jedrzejewski, as he has had his eye on him for a few years.

“Pawel is an outstanding young man with great character and tremendous talent. We are really looking forward to seeing him in a Marauder uniform next season,” beamed the Mac mentor. “He is a perfect fit with the student-athletes returning next season, and together they will continue to be successful the McMaster Way.“

Planning to study Kinesiology at McMaster, Jedrzejewski said the Jeff Dickins Award took him completely by surprise.

“I knew my principal had nominated me but I was awestruck when they called me with the news. I wasn’t expecting it and my mom started to cry when we got the call. I’m very proud because it’s such a nice award.”

Pawel will be the second Jedrzejewski to play in Maroon as his older brother Marcin is a former Marauder and currently plays with the Mohawk College men’s team.