College of the Rockies Men’s Avalanche will have some more help from Down Under next season. Avs Head Coach John Swanson is pleased to announce the signing of Patrik Toze from Queensland, Australia.
Toze has garnered many volleyball accolades through the years. He was the under-19 state most valuable player in 2014, named to the junior Australian team for the Asian Junior championships, and was the most valuable player for the State Schools Cup as well as the Aggregate Interschool College Cup in 2013. Toze also holds the Aggregate Interschool College Cup national blocking, spiking and service aces records. He will be playing left-side for the Avalanche.
“Patrik brings a passion and skill-set to our program that should easily transition to the collegiate level. His past accomplishments and willingness to improve in all facets of the game will make him a great addition to the team,” says Swanson.
Toze is the third Australian player recruited by the Avalanche over the past four years. Fellow Aussie, Curtis Stockton, has won several honours during his time with the Avs, including PACWEST 1st Team All-Star in 2013/14 and 2014/15, PACWEST Player of the Year for 2013/14 and CCAA All-Canadian in 2013/14. Toze is excited about his opportunity to play for the Avalanche and beginning his studies in the Kinesiology program.
“This is the perfect next step for me and my volleyball aspirations. After talking with former head-coach Steve Kamps and Curtis Stockton, I knew I would fit right in with the team and be challenged on the court,” he says. “Being able to use my sport as a means to obtain my education is also a dream come true. I couldn’t be happier coming into the next season and I eagerly anticipate travelling to Cranbrook for September.”
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