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LCI volleyball players headed to Olds


By Justin Seward - Lethbridge Herald on April 13, 2022.

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute boys volleyball players Sean Vanderzee and Brett Boone will be continuing their volleyball careers together with the Olds College Broncos next fall after signing on with the team during a media conference at the high school on Monday.
“This year was a big part of my volleyball career, especially with Dustin (LCI boys coach McCubbing) was a major part of helping me out to get where I am,” said Vanderzee.
“And it’s just amazing to be able to play with a player that I know so well for another year.”
Boone is super excited, but also nervous about the opportunity.
“It could be a change of environment,” said Boone.
“But I think I’ve had a really strong community that I’ve been able to play with and I’ve been playing with Sean for six plus years — so it’s pretty exciting.”
Vanderzee says just the environment there just completely changed everything, on why he chose Olds.
“I wasn’t a 100 per cent sure and as soon as I got to go to campus and practice with them for bit, just completely changed my decision and that was a yes,” said Vanderzee.
Boone chose Olds because he really enjoyed the team culture and especially enjoyed playing with the team.
Vanderzee will enrol in a sports management busines program and Boone will tailor his studies towards Precision Agriculture with Agronomy and a Bachelor of Agriculture Science.
What was crucial in the process was that both players reached out to the Broncos men’s volleyball coach Ryan Marsden.
“I knew who they were,” said Marsden.
I just didn’t know much about them. I just knew that they were good players and then followed up with an email from coach McCubbing. Dustin sent me something and said, ‘Hey, these two are legitimate players, you need to take a close look at them.’ But in watching them play club — I didn’t see so much with LCI, I saw some game tape — I was able to watch them a bunch.”
Marsden said Vanderzee as a setter is an amazing playmaker.
“He does such a good job of finding his hitters (and) creating good opportunities for them to score,” said Marsden.
“As a coach we look for players to score, obviously. But you need that person to set them up so that they can be successful.”
Marsden liked Boone’s attack.
“He’s such a great attacker,” he said.
“On the court, he has good knowledge of where the block is. I think he sees the block very well.”

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