The Brandon University Bobcats men’s volleyball team has just concluded its first half to the 2014-15 season, but that hasn’t stopped head coach Grant Wilson from looking ahead.
Wilson recently announce the commitment of recruit Jon Bartel, from Winnipeg.
Bartel is a 6-foot-4 left-handed outside hitter, a combination that has made him successful in all levels. The Dakota Collegiate product is a former1609
Bartel was a member of Manitoba’s provincial junior team and a current member of the Junior Bisons club program.
“We’re excited to add Jon to our program,” said Wilson in a release. “He’s someone we consider to be an elite volleyball player and the type of student we want to help continue building our program both on and off the court.
“Having a left-handed player can be a great asset to a volleyball team,” he continued. “We feel adding a player like Jon helps with our versatility and makes us a better team.”
As a member of the Dakota Collegiate Lancers, Bartel was recently named an honorable mention in the Winnipeg Sun top 10 coaches poll. Under coach Phil Hudson, Bartel has grown into one of the most skilled outside hitters in Manitoba through-out his high school career.
“Having played at Dakota Collegiate where he learned from one of the best high school coaches in the country in Phil Hudson, has made Jon an all-around great player with an exceptional game IQ,” Wilson added.
Bartel verbally committed to Brandon University after a campus visit and watching the Bobcats beat the Regina Cougars at the Healthy Living Centre on Nov. 28. Not long after, he signed his official CIS letter of intent.
“The overall atmosphere here on campus is great. It’s just a real positive place, and the success of the team makes me very excited to join a program like this,” said Bartel after verbally committing to the Bobcats.
“I’ve improved a lot over my high school career. I played against some of the guys on the team Bruce (Akubukaka) and Brady (Nault) in club last year, and played on the provincial team with Seth (Friesen, another Bobcat recruit), which helped me make my decision to come here. Knowing some of the guys will be a good welcoming experience. I’m really excited. This has always been a goal for me, to play CIS, and it’s been a lot of work to get here but I’m just really excited.”
Bartel plans to enroll in BU’s Faculty of Science beginning in the fall of 2015, where he will also join fellow provincial team member Friesen, who committed to the Bobcats back in September.