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Big Possibilities For CMU’s Newest Men’s Volleyball Recruit

"He is on the verge of putting it all together," was CMU head coach Don Dulder's comments when asked about his recent signing, Joel Heppner. The Kelvin High School and 204 Volleyball Club player comes with all the tools necessary for him to eventually become a dominant opposite-hitter in the MCAC and the CCAA.

"Joel is a hard worker and as a lot of our players are, has a team-first attitude," added Dulder. "In quoting Joel's club coach, Jared Brown, 'Joel has been improving rapidly lately and with a bit more training, he can develop into an extremely good player'. Being left-handed and standing 6'4, Joel has the physical tools to really hurt an opponent from right-side."

Like all volleyball athletes across Canada, Heppner lost his final year of high school volleyball to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite not being known as a volleyball-power high school, Heppner has grown in his opportunity to be a leader on the court while at Kelvin, captaining his high school program since Grade 9 as a junior varsity player to his final year of high school in Grade 11.

On the club scene, Heppner got his start at the 13-u level with Winman Volleyball Club where he grew under the expertise of new Manitoba Bison head coach and former Canadian women's national team coach, "Lupo" Ludwig before moving over to 204 for the 17-u club season. While at Winman, Heppner was part of a provincial bronze medal winning team.

Dulder and the CMU men's volleyball program have already began focussing their attention on 2021-22 after the CCAA and the Manitoba Colleges conference announced the cancellation of the 2020-21 season. The new year brings with it new hopes of a berth in the 2022 CCAA National Championship as the 2021-22 season marks CMU's first opportunity to qualify for the championship tournament hosted next March in Quebec City, as full-members in the CCAA.



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