WOLFPACK MEN’S VOLLEYBALL SIGN FIRST PLAYER FROM NORWAY (EIKELAND ROD)

  Posted on: August 23, 2012

 DANIEL

Pat Hennelly has a reputation of being a shrewd International recruiter.  The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball coach has made a name for himself across Canada for his ability to bring in top international talent. 

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WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly with assistant Chad Grimm (Andrew Snucins photo)

In the past, the WolfPack has had players from Denmark, Monaco, France, Egypt, Poland, Turkey and the United States.   Now, Thompson Rivers can lay claim to having a volleyball player from Norway.

Hennelly giving instructions at bench at TRU Gym vs U of S (horizontal Oct 14, 2011 Douglas Sage)

Hennelly in the huddle to his left Jacob Tricarico of the U.S. and Krzyztof Orman of Poland (photo contributed by Allen Douglas)

Hennelly and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that 6’5” middle Daniel Eikland Rod of Os, Norway has committed to the CIS team for the fall of 2012.

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WolfPack Alum Tony Zylstra (Brian Calkins photo)

“One of our alumni, Tony Zylsta (Edmonton, AB  WolfPack player 2006-08) played professionally in Norway,” Hennelly explained.  “ He connected me with some coaches. I’ve been in contact over the past two years with various players and it was a good fit with Daniel.”

Mohamed Rehim ISO (horizontal Jan 20,2012 Allan Douglas)

Mohamed Rehim is back for another year with TRU-he is from Egypt (photo contributed by Allen Douglas)

“I am really looking forward to playing CIS Volleyball,” says Eikland Rod, who played with two club teams last year: Forde VBK and TVN (Topp Volley Norway).   “ I’ve seen clips from TRU and other teams and I’m impressed with the high level of play.  I am always looking for new challenges and going to TRU is a new step in the right direction.”

Eikland Rod describes himself as a ‘social player on the court’ who isn’t afraid to talk to his teammates and voice his opinion.   “I have heard TRU is a good place to develop my skills and a place where you can perform at a high level.”  He plans to take Business Administration at Thompson Rivers.

Pat Hennelly smiling (horizontal Oct 29, 2011 A. Snucins)

Hennelly smiles during match last year (Andrew Snucins photo)

“ I like the fact that Daniel played as a middle blocker and stayed in the back row to pass,” Hennelly explains.  “ Daniel should provide depth and stability to our line up.”

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New WolfPack recruit Blake Majcher (photo contributed)

Eikland Rod will be joining the team in time for the start of school in September. He becomes the third recruit signed by the WolfPack for the coming year joining  Blake Majcher (6’1” libero, Brandon, MB-Neelin High School-Medicine Hat College, ACAC) and  Graham Stoliker ( 19, 6’4”setter, Surrey, BC-Tamanawis Secondary/Douglas College PACWEST).

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New WolfPack recruit Graham Stoliker (photo courtesy Douglas College)

The WolfPack kick off their 2012-13 Canada West season October 26 th at the Tournament Capital Centre against the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.