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Westisle High School’s Kent Doucette, left, and Jack Perry have committed to the Holland College Hurricanes volleyball team for the fall.
Two of the top P.E.I. high school volleyball players are going to Holland College this fall.
Kent Doucette and Jack Perry, both from Westisle High School, have committed to suiting up for the Hurricanes.
“Each one of these athletes brings something different to the team and I see them as being valuable assets to the program for the next couple of years,” said Hurricanes head coach Joe Ryan.
“Westisle is a very well coached program, so athletes coming out of there have good fundamentals and knowledge of the game.”
Doucette, a high school tournament MVP and all-star in 2013 and 2012, was named the Volleyball P.E.I. juvenile player of the year for the 2013-14.
“I’m excited to become a better player by working with coach Joe Ryan and the new recruits. I think we will have a strong, young team this year,” Doucette said. “I’ll bring a positive and competitive attitude to the court for every set this year.”
Perry is a six-foot-four middle and a high school all-star in 2012 and 2013.
“Jack will fill a position that our team has struggled to secure over the past couple of years,” Ryan said. “We need to be deep in our positions and for this coming season I feel we are getting there.”
Perry said he is looking forward to the new experience and is exciting to start playing for the Hurricanes.
“I try to bring a positive attitude to every practice and game, and I intend to continue that at Holland College,” he said.
Both said there would be an adjustment to the increased speed and size of the players at the collegiate level.
“I will have to work on my jumping; you have to be able to get up a lot higher to block these older players,” Perry said.
Ryan has been busy recruiting in preparation for a big season for the Hurricanes.
“We have worked hard to get the top high school players to attend Holland College this year,” he said. “With both of these players they bring a great deal of success to this program and with the talent we are putting around these players, I am hoping they will continue to grow as players.”
The Hurricanes are hosting the 2015 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association men’s volleyball championship in March in Charlottetown.
“Playing at nationals is going to be something I will remember forever,” Perry said. “I cannot wait to play. Playing against the best in the country will push me to my limits and hopefully make me a better player because of it.”