Pakmen Class of 2014
by Nishaan Sodhi
The Toronto Beaches will be home to the Volleyball Canada’s Beach National Championships this coming weekend. Volleyballers from throughout Canada will be making the trek to Ashbridges Bay in pursuit a provincial gold medal. For Pakmen’s Graduating Class of 2014, this tournament marks the end of their OVA careers. Nationals are going to be bittersweet. Bitter because they conclude their OVA (and Pakmen) careers; sweet because the majority of this year’s Pakmen 18u squad will go on to showcase their talents at a post-secondary level this coming fall.
It’s estimated that seven Pakmen players will play for their respective universities this coming fall. An incredible number for ANY team, and the most in Pakmen history.
Sean Boyne, Abe Dugassa, Peter Khodkevych, Joraver Sangha, and Chris Towe and have all committed to premier programs in Canada for the upcoming fall.
Boyne will be heading to the University of Western Ontario where he’ll play middle blocker for last year’s CIS Silver Medalists. At UWO Boyne will be studying Kinesiology.
Abe Dugassa and Peter Khodkevych have committed to McMaster University and will be suiting up for the Marauders for the next four years. The duo will be joining the reigning OUA Champions and a perennial powerhouse in the CIS. Both have enrolled in the Health Sciences program.
Joraver Sangha officially committed to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario this past month after a lengthy recruitment process. After turning down offers from schools across the country, Sangha decided on Queen’s for both its academics and athletics. Sangha will transition to play setter for Queen’s and will study Electrical Engineering.
Chris Towe has quite the trek ahead of him. After returning from the U21 World Championships in Cyprus, Towe will be traveling to Edmonton, Alberta to play for the Golden Bears of the University of Alberta. Chris Towe has been a dominating force in the OVA and will continue to be so in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association.
Robbie Thompon recently committed to the York University Lions and Robertson McClare (U of T), Milan Ristic (Ryerson) and Manpreet Chatha (Ryerson) have indicated they plan to play varsity ball.
As the boys gear up for what could be the last OVA, they are getting ready to begin a new chapter in their volleyball careers.