It’s not quite a revolution, but Memorial University men’s volleyball team is down four players from the start of the season.
Rumour had it the team had lost six from its roster before the Christmas break.
The possibility of a revolution isn’t unthinkable given the team’s 2-32 record the past two years and its 0-10 start to this season.
However, Sea-Hawks coach Luke Harris says there’s a reasonable, more matter-of-fact explanation for the limited exodus.
Harris admitted his team has lost some players, “but not six. We have four players that will not be continuing with our team for a variety of reasons.”
The players who left the team are second years Kevin Delahunt (Nova Scotia) and Patrick Cameron (New Brunswick) and first years Lucas Champagne (Manitoba) and Brandon Randell (Clarenville).
“Some left because they could not balance academics with athletics. They are students first, so they decided to stop the athletics side, to focus on academics,” explained Harris. “Others have found this year much more difficult and chose to leave the team.”
He also hinted at other reasons why some have quit the team.
Harris told me some time ago that the team needed a change and that he was confident he could make that change.
“Well, those changes are underway,” said Harris and athletes are being held accountable, held to a higher standard and pushed in every way to be a better athlete, student, and ultimately a better Sea-Hawk.
“This is not the historical image of our team. This type of competitive, high performance atmosphere is not exactly what some athletes want to be a part of,” noted Harris.
Despite the loss of four players from the roster, Harris said the team will continue to play in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Conference in the new year.
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“We started this year with 17 players on our roster, and having four players who did play a significant amount of points will not affect our progress,” the coach noted.
“We have another great batch of potential recruits coming from all over Canada and, in two cases, other parts of the world. Memorial volleyball is not only being noticed, but players from all over want to come here to play,” claims Harris.
“The difficult job we now face, is trying to prepare for that future, and ensure we keep and bring in athletes that fit our new-found culture and will continue to help our program grow.”
Harris said the new recruits will arrive next September. Harris can’t release their names because they haven’t signed a letter of intent yet.
The out-of-country athletes are potentially coming from Australia, Puerto Rico and England.
Memorial is 0-10 so far this season after finishing with a 2-49 record over the past three years.
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