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Lake Country volleyball star to play with Heat

Lake Country volleyball star to play with Heat

Keeping the best talent in the Okanagan, Brad Hudson will add George Elliot's Ben Magel to the UBCO men's volleyball team.

A provincial champion and a provincial MVP, the talented Magel has graduated from Chris Frehlick's highly successful George Elliot Coyotes volleyball program to Hudson's Heat program for this fall.

Playing a number of positions for the Coyotes, Magel at 5'11" will step into the Libero role as a university player for the Heat.

Consistently on the principal's list at his Lake Country high school, Magel has enrolled in the School of Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science, but he has yet to decide between mechanical or electrical engineering.

"I chose UBC Okanagan because it provided the opportunity for me to continue playing volleyball while being a part of a smaller more comfortable campus and with the engineering program, I found everything that I wanted here."

"The opportunity to play for a young team, one that is full of potential, was a chance that I couldn't pass up on," said Magel, following his decision to stay close to home for his degree.

Heading into his fourth season coaching the UBCO men's volleyball team, Brad Hudson has had his eyes on the Lake Country standout for the past few years.

"Ben is a high achieving student-athlete who complements this recruiting class and our roster," said Hudson. "Ben is extremely skilled and will help drive the day-to-day competition our program needs to continue to improve."

As a member of the senior Coyotes, Magel captured two consecutive AA valley and city championships, along with back-to-back appearances at the provincial championship. Ranked No. 1 for a long stretch of his grade 12 season Magel and his Coyotes team finished second in the province this past fall, following a sixth-place finish in 2017.

As a junior, in grade 10, he led his Elliot junior team to a provincial gold medal earning the most valuable player award on the way to the B.C. championship.

This past year Magel trained with the Kelowna Volleyball Club, after four years with the Lake Country Volleyball Club. In 2017 he was an all-star at the provincial club championships.

On the Provincial Team in 2017, his BC squad finished in fourth at the National Team Challenge.

Overcoming adversity is something very familiar to the defensive specialist as he had a spinal stress fracture as a child but was still able to make it back on the court for his high school and club career.

Magel joins six other new faces on the Heat men's volleyball roster for 2019.

Kyle Butchart, a KSS grad will transfer from the College of the Rockies while setter Jakob Hamilton will transfer in from Thompson Rivers.

The rest of the recruits are coming to the Heat straight from high school including: Noah Carlson (6-6 OH, Sylvan Lake, AB-H.J. Cody High), Owen Cotito (6-5 S, Kamloops - Sa-Hali Secondary), Luke Tiegen (6-8 M, Abbotsford-MEI Secondary), and Aaron Voth (6-6 OH, North Vancouver-Windsor Secondary).