Chargers’ Groenendijk cracks Province’s volleyball top-15

Playing at a single-A school on Vancouver Island didn’t prevent Doug Groenendijk from being discovered by the powers that be in volleyball.

The six-foot-six star of the Duncan Christian Chargers was named one of B.C.’s top 15 boys volleyball players in a poll by of Canadian Interuniversity Sport coaches released by The Province last month.

"Newer to the sport than most top-end players, but has high-end tools and can become a dominant force at net," is how the article described Groenendijk.

"It’s sweet, knowing that all that hard work I’ve put into the sport paid off in the long run," Groenendijk said.

Groenendijk hasn’t decided where he will play next year, but he is hoping to play for one of the CIS teams in B.C. Being named to the top-15 list should help him get a spot on one of those squads.

"It totally puts my name out there a bit more," he said. "It helps me out in the long run."