Knights add to volleyball roster

Curtis Graham (Photo: Niagara College Athletics)

Curtis Graham (Photo: Niagara College Athletics)

The Niagara College men’s volleyball program has added another player to its already impressive 2015 recruiting class.

Curtis Graham, a five-foot-ten libero and defensive specialist from Elmvale District High School in Elmvale, Ont., will be joining the defending Ontario Colleges Athletic Association team when camp begins in September.

As a member of EDHS volleyball team, Graham won four consecutive team most valuable player awards.

“Graham has the potential to develop into an impact player for our program,” said head coach Nate Groenveld. “He has a lot of quickness on serve receive and defence and will bring us some really good depth at the libero and defensive specialist position.”

Graham will be joining fellow Barrie native and two-time OCAA all-star Bailey Cochrane on a loaded Knights roster.

“I’m extremely excited for the chance to join the Knights volleyball program,” said Graham. “I admire the way Nathan Groenveld coaches and I know he will help me take my game to the next level.”

Graham will enroll in the Sport Management program beginning in September and academics proved to be a major factor in the in 17-year-old’s decision to attend Niagara College.

“I chose Niagara College because they offer one of the best sport management programs in the province,” he said. “When I took a tour of the campus I was impressed with the overall atmosphere and I can’t wait to be a part of it all.”

Graham has gained valuable experience competing at the club level with the Barrie Elites, establishing himself as a leader on and off the court. As the captain of the Elites, Graham helped lead his team to six Ontario Volleyball Association silver medals and one bronze medal. He also received the award of excellence, given to the athlete that displays sportsmanship and leadership.

With camp beginning in just over a month, coach Groenveld has already announced six new recruits for the upcoming 2015-16 OCAA men’s volleyball season. Joining Graham in this recruiting class will be Tristan Swinden (Whitby, ON), Andrew VandenBurg (St. Catharines, ON), Aidan Atkinson (Ingersoll, ON), Matt Friesen (Gruthal, MB), and Mark Wikkerink (Trenton, ON).

Men’s volleyball try-outs are open to all full-time Niagara College students and will begin Aug. 9.

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