Reposted from the University of Winnipeg
With the 2017-2018 Canada West regular season one week away, University of Winnipeg Wesmen Men’s Volleyball head coach Larry McKay has already started to plan for the future. McKay is pleased to announce that Nigel Nielsen (Selkirk, Manitoba) has committed to suit up for the U of W Men’s Volleyball program beginning next September for the start of the 2018-2019 season.
“I am thrilled to be able to represent the University of Winnipeg for the upcoming years. I have heard excellent things about the Men’s Volleyball program and I am excited to take on this new level of competition”, said Nielsen.
Currently a grade 12 student at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School, Nielsen was recently a member of Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Summer Games held in Winnipeg this past summer. He was a 2017 Volleyball Manitoba Championships gold medalist and was named Tournament MVP. The 6’5” outside hitter won a silver medal and was selected to the All-Star team at the 2017 Volleyball Canada National Championships this past May. Nielsen played a vital role in helping the Royals capture the 2016 MHSAA AAAA Provincial Championships Gold Medal. His outstanding play led to him being named to the Tournament All-Star team. Last year he was named to both the Volleyball Manitoba Provincial and Volleyball Canada National All-Star teams.
“Nigel comes from the 2016 AAAA Provincial Championship team at Lord Selkirk. He was a key member of that team coached by former Wesmen setter Jeff Scarcello. He then moved on to his club team coached by Lindsay Habib where the team won provincials, lost 15-13 in the national final and he was selected as the MVP at Provincials and an all-star at Nationals. Following in current Wesmen player David Bommersbach’s path, Nigel tried out for the Canada Games Team though he was underage (David did so out of high school in 2013). He was selected and was the only player from that team returning to high school. Nigel has a strong resume of playing experience. We’re happy he chose our program to continue his volleyball career, and he chose our university to continue his studies”, added Wesmen Men’s Volleyball head coach Larry McKay.
“Nigel has been a valuable asset to the Royals volleyball program over the years. He is a powerful player with a lot of skill and talent. It will be exciting to see him transition to the next level of volleyball and continue to grow his skills and ability”, Jeff Scarcello. Head coach Lord Selkirk Varsity Boy’s Volleyball team.