York University Lions men’s volleyball players Sven Trodel and Felipe Humana-Paredes will represent Canada at a pair of events this summer.
Trodel, a rookie outside hitter on the squad this past season, and partner Liam Kopp of the McMaster Marauders, won the right to represent Canada at the World University Championships in July, while Humana-Paredes, a five-year middle blocker who graduated in 2013, was selected to the national B team that will compete at the Pan American Cup in August.
Trodel and Kopp won the qualification tournament with a thrilling three-set, comeback victory over Greg Simone and Gabriel Burlacu of the Windsor Lancers. After dropping the first set 17-21, they went on to win the match by taking the last two sets 23-21 and 15-13.
The event will take place in Porto, Portugal, July 23 to 27.
At the same event, first-year outside hitter Aleks Arsovic and her partner, Rachel Marcus, finished in third place in the women’s qualification.
Humana-Paredes was one of nine players chosen from a camp of more than 59 hopefuls in Gatineau, Quebec, earlier this month. He will head to Mexico Aug. 9 to 17 to compete at the championships.
Marko Dakic, a third-year outside hitter, and Alexander Duncan-Thibault, a second-year middle blocker, also participated in the national B selection camp.
The Lions men’s volleyball team has a busy summer of activities lined up, beginning with The Art of Coaching Volleyball clinic being hosted by York University May 31 and June 1. The program will also host its alumni and friends golf tournament July 26 and the annual athlete development camp Aug. 11 to 15.