Past and present Rams return to Ryerson for ONE Volleyball
TORONTO - With the off-season in full swing, 15 current and former Rams will be hitting the volleyball court to kick off the summer months in Toronto’s ONE Volleyball Premier League.
Entering into its second season, ONE Volleyball was established in early 2017. The league features four men’s and four women’s teams, with its goal “to launch professional volleyball in Canada and provide elite competition to our best post-secondary athletes,” according to their website.
The rosters, consisting of current and former U SPORTS, NCAA and CCAA players, international professionals, and national team members, feature a mix of both past and present Rams players looking to stay active during the offseason or continue with the sport after they’ve played out their university eligibility.
“I think I wanted to prove to myself that I could still compete at a high level,” says Rams alumna and outside hitter, Emily Nicholishen (2011-2016), “predominantly because I had been completely removed from the sport for two years, after ending my career with an injury. I think I wanted to prove to myself that I could still compete at a high level.”
League action began on May 31, 2018, at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. The regular season games will take place at Kerr Hall, an old but familiar venue for many Rams alumni.
The league features six rounds of play, culminating with the Premier Cup championship to be played on July 21, 2018, at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
"The amount of talented athletes in the league this year is a draw in itself,” continues Nicholishen. “But, I think beyond looking forward to the high caliber of competition, I'm excited to be a part of a league with athletes I have played with [in club and university], competed against, or known by name in the community.”
Tickets and information on the upcoming games can be found on the ONE Volleyball website.
RYERSON PLAYERS AND ALUMNI PARTICIPATING IN ONE VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE:
- Janelle Albert
- Jena Bonello
- Veronica Livingston
- Julie Longman
- Emily Nicholishen
- Ashley Simac
- Lauren Veltman
- Lucas Coleman
- Oleg Kovalchuk
- Chris McLaughlin
- Aleksa Miladinovic
- Uchenna Ofoha
- George Sakvarelidze
- Joren Zeeman
- Stefan Ristic