Top recruits sign on to play volleyball at Memorial
The Memorial men's volleyball team will welcome two new players next season after a pair of highly-touted recruits signed letters of intent to commit to the program. Jordan Murray, an outside hitter from Burlington, Ontario and Cohen Chaulk, a setter from Corner Brook, have both signed on to join Coach Luke Harris' team next September.
Jordan Murray will come to Newfoundland in September from Ontario to study Psychology and play on the right side for Memorial's varsity volleyball team. He played high school volleyball in Toronto at Applebee College.
Murray first heard about Memorial from former Sea-Hawk standout Alex Barrett. Barrett spoke with Murray and his family about the university during the Canadian under-17 nationals last April. After this conversation, and some subsequent research, Murray decided to sign up for the Memorial men's volleyball recruit camp in August in St. John's.
Once Murray came to Newfoundland for a week his decision to join the program was made. He said, "After my visit a clear difference maker emerged. The people at Memorial are incredible. Everyone I met - from players, coaches, facility staff, professors - all seemed genuine, positive, helpful and honest. The sense of community at Memorial was the difference."
Cohen Chaulk will begin his university playing career next fall but has been around the program this season, serving as the team manager. Chaulk went to Corner Brook High but is completing his grade twelve year at Holy Spirit High School in Manuels. Chaulk is a setter who plans on studying history at Memorial.
Growing up in Newfoundland Chaulk is well acquainted with Memorial and the Sea-Hawks volleyball program. Two of the main factors in his decision were location and familiarity.
He said, "I think the proximity to home was a big factor in choosing Memorial. It is the closest university to Corner Brook. That and the fact that I have close friendships with most of the team were major factors in my decision."
Volleyball is an important part of both Murray and Chaulk's lives.
Chaulk said, "Volleyball to me is not only a sport, but rather a lifestyle. Most of my days are dedicated to school and my evenings are dedicated to volleyball – whether I am playing, coaching or refereeing. The game is fast-paced and exciting and I find that extremely appealing."
Murray agrees, "I know it sounds cliché but volleyball is more than a game for me. I play for fun, for the camaraderie, for the challenge and for stress relief. I look forward to going to the court after a long school day or between exams."
Harris is excited that both Murray and Chaulk have decided to come to Memorial.
Harris said, "Having Cohen and Jordan commit to our program is a big step for us. Memorial has a lot to offer prospective students and our volleyball program is continuing to grow and emerge. It is a good sign that there are exciting times ahead for us."