A familiar face is returning to the Holland College Hurricanes men’s volleyball team after a year away from the squad while training with coaches and players from across Canada.
Outside hitter Gordon Veitch will boost the Hurricanes’ attack as they look to defend their Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) title.
Veitch, who was named to the ACAA all-conference team in 2016-17 and 2017-18 with the Hurricanes, hopes his skills and experience, paired with a roster full of individuals who all bring something to the team, will create an exciting season for fans to enjoy.
“The Hurricanes volleyball team is a growing storm, literally,” he said. “It is a young team, however with two ACAA championships in the last three years, the team is hungry to finally leave its mark at nationals.”
He was named a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) academic all-Canadian in 2017 and CCAA all-Canadian in 2018.
“My strengths as a player are my dedication and hard work. I play every game like it’s the championships.”
A year ago, Veitch trained with a collegiate team and a university squad in Alberta.
“This exposed me to players from multiple countries,” he said. “I hope to bring this experience to the Hurricanes.”
Holland College head coach Max Arsenault is looking forward to having the experienced Veitch back on the court.
“As a former all-Canadian, Gordon brings excitement to the program, as well as experience, leadership and stability to the younger core,” he said. “He is an extremely dedicated player and we are certain that he will make a huge impact on the team.”
The Cymbria native, who was the ’Canes’ top offensive player in 2017-18, is enrolling in the environmental applied sciences technology program.
“This program compliments my previous academic studies and it's a growing industry,” he said. “The program offers competitive two-plus-two options with universities all across Canada that I look to explore.”
The Hurricanes begin the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2, when they visit the Université de Sainte-Anne Dragons. The team plays its home opener on Saturday, Nov. 9, when it hosts the UNBSJ Seawolves.
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