Considered by many as the top player in B.C. high school boys volleyball, Lars Bornemann has signed on with the UBC Okanagan Heat for the 2013-14 Canada West volleyball season.
The 6-foot-3 left side hitter from Oak Bay Secondary won back-to-back MVP awards in leading his team to the B.C. AAA boys title in both 2011 and 2012 in Kelowna.
“Lars is an exceptional young man who will be a tremendous asset to the Heat program,”said Lars’ previous coaches Al Carmichael and Rick Wutzke. “As only the second player ever to repeat as B.C. MVP, we feel he is more than ready to compete at the CIS level, possessing the size, strength, and court-sense we have seen from other Oak Bay High alumni who have moved on to great success.”
During what has been a frustrating and winless season (0-12) for the Heat, landing a player of Bornemann’s skill and pedigree is welcomed by head coach Greg Poitras.
“Lars has a long list of impressive achievements that he has earned through the hard work and dedication required to be a champion,” said Poitras.
“Lars is a strong athlete that jumps well and has a rocket arm. He is a proven scorer from the front and back row. His fierce competitiveness will bode well for him next season as he works to have an immediate impact in our program in his first year.”
Bornemann is not only a stalwart competitor on the court, but in the classroom. He is a strong academic who is excited to enter the engineering program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
On his choice to play volleyball in Kelowna, Bornemann believes it will be a good fit.
“Having been in Kelowna for many volleyball championships, I have come to like it there a lot. To me it seems very similar to Victoria, where I grew up. It is not too big, but not too small either. It is very helpful to know most of the volleyball community already and I cannot wait to train with the team and get coaching from an excellent coach.”