After a 15 year absence the Brock Men’s Volleyball program returning to the OUA is only months away as the schedules for both the men and women were announced on June 14. The upcoming 2016-2017 season will be Brock’s first since 2000-2001 when the team went 23-14, only to later see the program fold.
The men will return to the court on November 11, as they travel to Trent University for an 8:00 p.m. start. The Badgers season will begin with two straight road games, as they’ll follow Trent with a trip to McMaster on Nov. 18. The Marauders won the OUA Championship last season after posting an 18-2 record. The Badgers will later host the Marauders at home on February 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Brock is scheduled to make their home debut three weeks into the season when they host the Guelph Gryphons on Nov. 25, in the Bob Davis Gymnasium at 8:00 p.m.
Brock’s Men’s Volleyball team will play a 17 game season with nine home games and eight road games. They’ll begin the season with eight of their first 12 games on the road, before concluding the season with five straight games in Bob Davis.
Doug Hanes was named the head coach for Brock Men’s Volleyball back in November of 2015. Hanes has not coached in the OUA since 2004 when he was with Waterloo Warriors. He spent six seasons with the Warriors and had a winning record every year. Hanes will play his former team for the first time on Nov. 26 in the Bob Davis Gym.
“I am honoured to be selected as the new head coach to start a brand new program,” Hanes told The Brock Press in November. “The first year I hope to put a competitive team on the court and build a successful program moving forward.”
Three players have been announced as the first recruits to the new program: Lucas Fillice,a rightside hitter; Joel Lillicrop, a leftside hitter; and Alex Carter, who can play both the leftside and setter position.
For the Brock Women’s Volleyball team, the season will begin at home on Nov. 4 and 5 as they’ll host Lakehead for two games, both beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The women will play the 2016 OUA Champion Toronto Varsity Blues on February 5, in Toronto. That game will be included in a four game road trip for the Badgers, which is their longest of the season.
The Badgers are coming off a tough 2-17 season and are hopeful to see a turnaround season.
The Brock men and women will play on the same day against the same opponent 16 times, as their schedules will be similar following the first two games of the season (following the women’s two games versus Lakehead).
Both teams will conclude their season’s at home versus Queen’s on Feb. 25. The women’s game will begin at 6:00 p.m. and men at 8:00 p.m.
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