Athlete of the week: Jon McCorquindale
Posted on November 9, 2009 by Dylan Anderson
Jon McCorquindale�s return from injury back on October 31 was familiar territory for the third year left side hitter.
Position: Left side
High School: Sir Winston Churchill
Degree: Double major in Phys. Ed. and History
Pregame Ritual: You will have to ask John
Favorite Sports Movie: The Replacements
Favorite Professional Athlete: Gilberto Amaury de Godoy Filho
Jon McCorquindale’s return from injury back on October 31 was familiar territory for the third year left side hitter. After being sidelined most of last season with a foot injury, McCorquindale rejoined the starting lineup for the ACAL final against the Ambrose Lions where he played an integral part in the Vikings win, posting 10 kills, as well as chipping in with several digs and blocks. After sitting out the Vikings first meeting with the Lions this year, (which they lost 15-13 in the fifth set), he hit the floor again last weekend in fine form and pounded in 13 kills to help the Vikings four set victory.
“It’s been nice this year, being able to play front row,” says Jon, “I’ve finally started to jump as high as I could in my first year.”
The return to form is coming just in time, as both volleyball teams are anticipating the jump to ACAC next year. This will be especially rewarding for the ACAL all star, as he did not plan on playing volleyball when he first began attending Augustana.
“I just wanted to go somewhere that was a change from Calgary and had small class sizes” says Jon, “But after meeting Tom I decided to join the team and it’s been a lot of fun since then.”
In preparation for the change, the team’s culture and roster have undergone several changes, which have been difficult to adapt to, but will pay off in the long run.
“It’s been hard seeing friends go and having so many new faces come in,” says Jon, “but now everyone on our team can step in and get the job done when asked, and with having more intense practices, this will help us in preparing for next season.”
Until then, however, there is a pair of trophies to defend.
“As much as I’m looking forward to next year, there are still things to settle,” says Jon, “I’d love to go out a winner and beating Ambrose in their own gym would be a good place to start.”
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