Daniel Groenveld of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) #10 ranked Niagara College men’s volleyball program has been named a 2013-14 CCAA All-Canadian. Groenveld was one of three Ontario college players to earn the accolade at the OCAA awards banquet Thursday morning.
Groenveld, is a six-foot-four native of Welland who plays the outside hitter position for the Knights. He has enjoyed a standout 2013-14 season, leading the team in most offensive categories and has been instrumental in helping lift the program to an impressive 14-4 regular season record.
Groenveld is enrolled in the Niagara College Business program. He finished the 2013-14 regular season ranked third in the OCAA West division in points (275), points-per-set (4.4), kills (237), kills-per-set (3.82), and service aces (27).
Niagara College director of athletics & recreation Matthew Davies commented “we are extremely proud of our men’s volleyball program and the accomplishments of Daniel Groenveld. National and provincial accolades such as these represent the culture of high performance that we are continuing to build at Niagara College.”
Groenveld is seventh Niagara College student-athlete to be selected as a CCAA All-Canadian and second in as many years. Outside hitter Shayne Petrusma earned the distinction for his play during the 2012-13 season.
Phillipe Yeldon of the Algonquin Thunder and Mathieu Poulin of the Fanshawe Falcons were also named All-Canadians Thursday morning.
Groenveld joined the Knights prior to the 2013-14 season after spending the previous two years as a member of the McMaster University Marauders. During his time at McMaster, Groenveld was named to the OUA All-Rookie team (2011-12), captured an OUA Gold Medal (2012-13), and a CIS Silver Medal (2012-13).
Niagara College men’s volleyball head coach Nathan Groenveld commented “it’s fantastic that the CCAA recognized the performance of one of our student-athletes today. Daniel has had a great season and I think these awards are a testament to the caliber of athlete that we have competing for our men’s volleyball program.”
Groenveld also competed as a member of the 2012 Canadian Junior National men’s volleyball program, and represented Ontario this summer at the Canada Summer Games held in Sherebrooke, Quebec.
The Niagara College men’s volleyball program is one of eight teams vying for the OCAA Championship being hosted by Georgian College. For more information visit the OCAA Championship website at www.georgiancollege.ca/campus-life/athletics/2014-ocaa-mens-volleyball-championship/.