Hurricanes add another high school star to volleyball team
July 30, 2014
Brett Butler, a recent graduate from Colonel Gray High School, has committed to playing for the Holland Hurricanes in the fall.
Butler, a six foot four player, was the captain of the Colonels and a PEISAA All-Star this past season as well as a Volleyball PEI U18 Player of the Year finalist.
“Brett was one of the top all-around players in the league this past season. I don’t think there was a position that he did not play for his high school team.” says Head Coach Joe Ryan. “He was a leader for his team on the floor and I’m looking forward to placing him on a team with players of high caliber, so he can continue to improve as a player.”
Butler agrees that the play will be more intense.
“I think the biggest transition will be that hitting will be faster than high school and more consistent. The caliber of play is higher in the league so just the increased level of competition will be a big adjustment.”
“My strengths include leadership, work ethic and attention to detail. I can bring all these traits to every practice and game”, he shared.
Butler played many positions in high school but Coach Ryan would like to position him at his strongest position.
“In high school if Brett was in the back row, he set. When he was in the front row, he was then a hitter. I am glad to tell Brett that he does not have to worry about setting anymore; he can focus on the outside positions only”, said Ryan.
“With Brett and the other recent high school recruit announcements; we have landed the four top High School players in PEI and possibly among the best in the Atlantic Canada. We are in decent shape for the next couple of years.” says Coach Ryan.
“I am very excited to join the Hurricanes this year. I was able to watch a few games from last season and judging from the returning players and the new recruits I believe that we can have a great season this year”.
The Hurricanes are the 2014 ACAA men’s volleyball silver medalists and are the hosts of the 2015 CCAA National Men’s Volleyball Championships in Charlottetown in March.
“I am extremely excited for our team to get the opportunity to see how we measure up against the best in country. I can’t wait to compete at such a high level”, shared Butler.
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