First-year hospitality management student Jon Morley is confident about his ability to perform in the upcoming Trojans men’s volleyball season.
Morley is a towering presence at 6’7, and is expected to play left side of the court for the Trojans this season as a new addition to a lineup that already had a very successful 2012-13 season.
With this year’s first game nearing closer, Morley has both high team and personal expectations.
“We’ve got a whole bunch of really good outsides, and I expect that we’ll at least make provincials,” said Morely.
“Personally I expect to bring some intensity, leadership and experience and just be a driving force.”
Morley played the majority of his career in Australia, only coming to North America for the first time in August of 2012 to play the 2012-13 season with Grande Prairie Regional College.
He then later arrived in Calgary in the summer of 2013 to become a Trojan.
The continental transition offered no real problems to Morley’s game.
“The game’s exactly the same, the ball’s a little different, but other than that I love the format of the game here,” Morley said.
Morley hopes to have a more successful season playing in Calgary, as his first season up north didn’t meet all his expectations.
“It was a lot of potential, that was the word we used,” said Morley.
“There was a lot of potential there to win but nothing really eventuated with it,” he added.
Morley however was pleased with his personal performance throughout the year.
“I was happy with how my stats and level of play over the year increased, but as a whole it was a disappointing end to the year,” Morley stated.
He began playing the game of volleyball at a young age and continued to play in several different divisions in his home town of Melbourne.
“I played throughout high school, I also played club there (in Australia) starting at 16 years old,” he said.
Morley then went on to play at the Victoria State program (in Melbourne) for five years as well as Australian Volleyball League for three years.
The pre-season is over for the Trojans and the team is gearing up for the first regular season game which will be coincidentally against Morley’s former team (GPRC) on Oct. 25.
Alongside Morley, another new addition to the 2013-14 Trojan team is coach Dan Gilbert.
A match that according to Morley is very comfortable with.
The ball’s a little different, but other than that I love the format of the game here. – Jon Morley
“I like how he operates, he explains the methodology behind everything he uses in trainings and I think it’s very effective.”
“He’s probably one of the best coaches I’ve ever had,” said Morley.
For more information on Morley and the Men’s Volleyball 2013-14 season visit saittrojans.com/teams/volleyball/.