The Trent Excalibur Men's Varsity Volleyball (TMVB) team is looking to continue its strong momentum throughout the 2015-2016 campaign. After hosting a playoff game with the eventual national bronze medaliists in February 2015 TMVB is entering the this year with confidence and commitment. The 2014-2015 season was a break through year that featured commitment to technical and tactical development. Building upon individual and team performance, TMVB was rewarded with a strong finish and enthusiasm for our future. Led by our second year head coach, Mike Hubicki, the team continually built upon a strong technical foundation through a committed work ethic. Our team-first culture and commitment to volleyball fundamentals continue to be fundamentals to our program’s evolution. With a strong recruiting class, the 2015-2016 season looks to be an exciting turning point for Excalibur Men's Volleyball. TMVB will also conclude OCAA competition as the program will transfer to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) association next year.
TMVB Brief History
TMVB was founded in 2004-2005 and competed in the OCAA with and secured the first program victory vs. La Cite (3-2) (Oct. 29, 2004). The team finished with a 4-9 record and tied for third in the East division. In Excalibur Volleyball's first season, the team was led in scoring by Ryan Coghlin.
The program evolved quickly, and in 2006-2007 the Excalibur posted their first winning season, 8-5 (3rd in East) and the first post-season match, a cross-over loss against Nipissing. Highlights included Ryan Coghlin being named a 2nd team All-Star.
In 2007-2008 the team earned a record of 10-3 (2nd in East). This year saw Trent avenge the previous season’s crossover loss as Nippissing was defeated (3-2). Trent qualified for the Provincial Championships for the 1st time in program history. The Excalibur finished 6th overall and received the Fair Play award. Ian Rettie was named 1st team All-Star while Joshua Neadow, Stefan Jewitt and Wesley Sutherland were named 2nd team All-Stars.
'08-'09 was marked by the attainment of Excalibur Men's Volleyball achieving National Ranking for the 1st time (11th in country). The team finished the regular season with a record of 14-4 (tied for 3rd in East). Joshua Neadow was named 1st team All-Star that same year. Continuing their outstanding play, the Excalibur ended the 09-10 season with a 13-5 record. OCAA honours for the year went to T.J. Rodin, East Region rookie of the year and 2nd team All-Star, while Joshua Neadow was named 1st team All-Star.
2013-14 ushered in a new era and focus on team chemistry, health and holistic athlete development. After starting the season at 1-12, the Excalibur finished the regular season strongly. Winning 4 of the last 5 games established a strong momentum and team optimism. Highlights included Andrew Kretz being named OCAA Player of the Week and Christian Zimmer being named a second team all-star. Brad Keizerwaard won the Gary Wolff Leadership award.
The 2014-15 campaign built on the previous season’s strong finish. Nine first-year athletes joined the squad in 14-15. Together, this group re-established the competitive environment in practices and games. The Excalibur finished the season at 11-7 and hosted Niagara College in a cross-over playoff. Trent battled Niagara and looked poised to win but fell to the eventual OCAA Provincial Champions and national bronze medallists in 4 sets. Christian Zimmer was named OCAA Player of the Week. Both Andrew Kretz and Zimmer were named second team all-stars. Alex Campagnolo won the Gary Wolff Leadership award.
The Trent Excalibur Volleyball alumni span many years and demonstrate the strong ties in our volleyball community. The Trent men and women volleyball programs redefine family, as several siblings/families have played at Trent (at the same time in a few cases).
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