After impressing with their provincial volleyball squad at the National Team Challenge Cup (NTCC), the McMaster University Marauders’ duo of Brandon Koppers and Andrew Richards have earned places on the Canadian Junior National Team.
The two McMaster hitters have begun training with the team in Ottawa, and will take part in the NORCECA Junior Championship in El Salvador from July 27 to Aug. 4.
Koppers, who was part of the Marauders’ Ontario University Athletics title run in his first varsity season a year ago, won his spot on the national roster with an All-Star performance as a member of the gold-medal-winning Ontario 19U team at the NTCC tournament. It marked the second consecutive year in which Koppers has been named an All-Star at the national event.
Meanwhile, the incoming Marauder recruit, Richards, joined Koppers after playing a leading role for Ontario’s 18U entry. He stood as the star of the underage group, one which pushed older, more experienced teams to the brink over the course of the tournament. A convincing sweep of Manitoba clinched seventh place, while Richards’ play ensured that his summer indoor season would continue.
Richards faces a quick turnaround following the NORCECA event, as he and partner Jake MacNeill will represent Canada on the sand at the Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, Aug. 16-28.