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Avalanche Men Welcome New Faces for 2014-15 Season

Avalanche Head Coach Steve Kamps has been busy this spring recruiting several new faces to the 2014-15 roster.  "We are extremely happy with our recruiting efforts with the signing of several talented players"  commented Kamps.

The following student-athletes have committed to the Avs:

Nolan Bruin (Libero) - Red Deer, Alberta
Travis Hoogland (Outside) - Armstrong, BC
Zach James (Outside/Libero) - Lethbridge, Alberta
Spencer Janzen (Middle) - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Nolan BruinNolan Bruin
Nolan was the co-captain of the Central Alberta Kings Volleyball Club (CAKVC) U18 club team.  His team took home a bronze medal in Division 2 at the U18 National Championships.  "Nolan has all the attributes that will make him a solid libero in the PACWEST.  He is a strong passer with both his forearms and hands, he works extremely hard on defence and he has back court presence with his communication and leadership skills"  commented Kamps.

Nolan will be taking the Business program with hopes of working alongside his Dad and Grandpa in a 3rd generation company, Bruin's Plumbing and Heating, out of Red Deer.  "I am looking forward to coming to COTR ad the many resources and small class sizes will suit me well.  It has been my goal to play post secondary and thanks to the Avalanche Volleyball program, I hope I can help bring back another provincial medal." said Nolan.

Travis HooglandTravis Hoogland
‚ÄčTravis has played school volleyball at Vernon Christian since grade 4 and club volleyball for 5 years wit the Vernon Volleyball Club.  He played for the Okanagan U15 team at the BC Summer Games in 2010 and played for Team BC in 2012.  "Travis has experience in a variety of positions and his versatility along with his athletic ability will be a huge asset to the Avs"  said Kamps.

Coming from a small town and school it is going to be a nice transition to be able to go to College of the Rockies.  I am excited to start building a career in tourism by enrolling in the Tourism and Recreation Management Program.  I hope I am able to help the Avs win a championship and further develop my skills as a volleyball player and as a person" said Travis.

Zach JamesZach James
Zach played for the Chinook High School Coyotes and the Lethbridge Volleyball Club Junior Kodiaks.  He has played volleyball for 9 years.  At a younger age, he also played competitive indoor and outdoor soccer for 6 years but chose to focus on volleyball.  "Zach plays with a lot of intensity and passion.  He will compete very hard for a starting P2 or libero position" commented Kamps.

Zach was part of a team who had 4 undefeated school seasons; along with winning 4 Zone Championships.  He has brought home 5 Provincial medals between high school and club seasons.  In  2012 he represented Zone 1 at the Alberta Summer Games for beach volleyball.  He is looking forward to taking Business Administration at COTR and continuing his volleyball career wit the Avalanche team.

Spencer JanzenSpencer Janzen
Spencer currently attends Calvin Christian Collegiate where he was the starting middle leading his team to a silver medal at the AAA high school provincials.  Spencer also played for the Winnipeg Revolution Club team.  "Spencer has the size (6'5) and physical strength to make an impact in the PACWEST.  His jumping ability and natural press will be a welcomed addition to the Avs" commented Kamps.

"I am looking forward to coming to COTR this fall and playing volleyball at the next level.  I will be studying social sciences and working towards becoming a counsellor" said Spencer.

A Trio of Avalanche to join CIS Programs

The Avalanche are please to announce that three members from their 2013-14 bronze medal team will be moving on to CIS programs.  Nick Schmidt, Brady Atwood and Jack Newman will be moving on to continue their volleyball careers and pursue Science degrees at CIS schools.  Full Story

Avs Sign 2 from U18 Canada West Club

The Avalanche are pleased to announce the recent signing of two athletes from the U18 Canada West Volleyball Club.  Brett Carter and Mitchell Parnham will be joining the Avs in the fall of 2014.  Full Story

Look who we are signing......

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