Three members of the Marauders’ Canadian Interuniversity Sport silver-medal men’s volleyball team have been named to the Canadian National Under-21 Team that will compete in the FIVB World Junior Championships in Turkey in August.
McMaster head coach, and CIS Coach of the Year, Dave Preston is at the helm of the junior national team for a second-straight year, and is accompanied on staff by Marauder assistant coach Nathan Janzen, and McEwan University head coach Brad Poplawski.
CIS Rookie of the Year and Second-Team All Canadian Danny Demyanenko returns to the junior national setup alongside teammate and Ontario University Athletics All-Rookie Team member, Stephen Maar. Both players took part in last summer’s Under-21 NORCECA Championships, where Canada won silver and earned a berth in the World Championship tournament.
Danny Demyanenko, Stephen Maar, and Jayson McCarthy (Photo: McMaster Athletics/Fraser Caldwell)
Demyanenko led the Marauders in his first season with an average of 3.5 points and 2.61 kills per set. His hitting percentage of .469 ranked first in the CIS among eligible players (those with 60 or more sets played and four or more attacks per set), while his 19 solo blocks was a McMaster team high.
Maar ranked second among Marauders in total kills (122) and third in kills per set (2.44) this past season, en route to his inclusion in the OUA All-Rookie Team.
Joining them is Marauder outside Jayson McCarthy, a fellow member of the OUA All-Rookie Team in 2012-13. McCarthy’s average of 3.3 points per set ranked second among Marauders, while his 18 service aces was a team high. The rookie hitter saved his best performance for the post-season, scoring 15 kills and 17 total points in McMaster’s CIS semi-final victory over the Western Mustangs.
The three Marauders and the rest of the Canadian team will train together at the national training centre in Gatineau, QC between June 24 and July 4 before moving to McMaster until July 12. Canada will tune-up for the World Championships by competing at the U21 Pan Am Cup from July 12-20 in Costa Rica.
Players return to Hamilton to train at McMaster from July 25, until their departure to Turkey on Aug. 15. The FIVB World Junior Championships will be staged between Aug. 22 and Sept. 1 in the Turkish cities of Ankara and Izmir.