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Men's volleyball welcomes three recruits to roster

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — Ryerson’s men’s volleyball team officially released their three-player 2019-20 recruiting class, announcing the additions of Trent Ketrzynski, Alex King, and Derek Webster to the team’s roster. 

The three recruits are set to hit the court for the Rams in September. 

The 2018-19 season saw the Rams undergo a brief rebuild after the departure of the team’s core group of seniors. A successful regular season campaign led the Rams to a second-place finish in the OUA East, but the team was soon eliminated from playoff contention after a 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 10-15) loss at the hands of the Windsor Lancers. 

This year, the Rams are hoping to make their return to the top of the OUA with the help of the three recruits.

Assistant coach Niko Rukavina says he believes the recruits will have an immediate impact on the team.

“This group of athletes brings a level of physicality and length that will impact our roster immediately,” says Rukavina. “All three come from high performance club teams and maintain a mentality towards development and hard work. We are very excited about the future of our program with these three athletes in the mix." 

The full list of recruits can be found below. 

2019-20 Recruiting Class (Alphabetical Order) 

Trent Ketrzynski - Setter - Toronto, Ont.

A four-time national champion and a three-time provincial champion, Trent Ketrzynski joins the Rams after spending the last five years with the Mississauga Pakmen. He recently earned the title of most valuable player at this year’s 18U national championships, helping guide his team to yet another Canadian title. 

“Trent is a physical, athletic setter who will step into the OUA and already be a presence at the net,” says Rukavina. “He is a typical Toronto volleyball athlete; always in the gym, playing in beach tournaments and working hard to improve his overall game.”

Ketrzynski has close ties to Ryerson; his older brother, Xander Ketrzynski, committed to the Rams last summer and went on to earn the OUA East Player of the Year and U SPORTS Rookie of the Year awards as a Ryerson freshman. 

A graduate of York Mills Collegiate Institute, Ketrzynski won three city titles with his Titans throughout four years in high school. 

Ketrzynski will study Business Management at Ryerson this fall.

“I chose Ryerson because of the Business Management program,” says Ketrzynski. “I also felt that the team was the best fit for me.” 

Alex King - Middle Blocker - Ottawa, Ont.

A six-foot-five middle blocker, Alex King is set to join the Rams in September after spending the last three seasons with the Ottawa Mavericks Volleyball Club. 

His volleyball experience stretches beyond the club level, too; King was named to Volleyball Canada’s Youth National Team last May and recently competed with the team at the US Volleyball High Performance Championships in Florida. 

“He has spent numerous seasons with Team Ontario and is touted as one of the top middle blockers in the country for his age group,” says Rukavina. “Alex is a hard worker who has aspirations to take his game to the highest level.”

King also spent time with Team Ontario last summer, going on to earn a first-place finish at the provincial championships in 2018. 

King is set to enter Ryerson’s Arts and Contemporary Studies program in the fall. 

Derek Webster - Outside Hitter - Ottawa, Ont.

Ottawa native Derek Webster joins his Ottawa Mavericks teammate Alex King in the Rams’ 2019-20 recruiting class. Webster, a six-foot-six outside hitter, began playing club volleyball later in his high school years but has already seen a lot of success in the sport.

“Derek is fairly new to the sport of volleyball and has already been a part of the Provincial Team and High Performance Centre,” says Rukavina. The sky's the limit for Derek and we are very excited to get to work and see how far volleyball can take him.”

Similar to King, Webster also has experience playing with Team Ontario, earning a Canada Cup championship with the team in 2018. Webster names his experience with Team Ontario as the highlight of his career thus far. 

“Playing for a provincial team after my first year of club volleyball has been the highlight of my athletic career,” says Webster. “Putting on that jersey was a very proud moment for me.” 

A three-time honour roll student, Webster also co-captained his high school volleyball team at Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa.

Webster will study economics at Ryerson, stating he chose to attend the university because of the recent success of the Rams’ volleyball team, as well as the location of the campus. 

“I believe the players we have can do something special if we work hard enough,” says Webster of his new team. “The school is also in a great location and will suit me well academically.” 


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