One Red Deer volleyball product will be joining a powerhouse volleyball program in the fall.
Earlier this spring, Lindsay Thurber Grade 12 student Colby Nemeth committed to play for the Trinity Western University Spartans in B.C. next season.
The six-foot-five outside hitter joins a program that is a perianal contender at the Canada West U Sports level, winning three of the last four national titles and should remain in the hunt for the foreseeable future.
The lanky outside hitter first caught the eyes of Spartans’ coach Ben Josephson earlier this year. After reviewing some video, he needed to know more.
“When we first saw the video, it just blew my mind. The explosiveness, the way he jumps. His arm action was just really, really exciting to look at. That catches your attention and you look further into it,” said Josephson.
“The more we watched, the more excited we got. You could just see his athleticism and he seemed to be a really positive kid, then we got to know him a little bit and the guys just loved him, going to be a great teammate. Every step along they was he checked the boxes.”
After liking what he saw on video, the Spartans coach knew he had to see Nemeth in person. On a team trip to Winnipeg for a regular-season Canada West league game, Josephson hopped off the plane in Calgary and drove up to Red Deer to watch the Raiders play the Notre Dame Cougars in the 4A zone final.
“At that point, we were excited about his tools, I wanted to see the other stuff. He made some mistakes and I don’t think we played super well but what I loved, he made a couple of mistakes and made really good adjustments and didn’t get rattled by the mistakes,” he said.
“I saw a really intelligent volleyball player adapted quickly and that was really exciting.”
Josephson also stressed caution to the Red Deer teen. While there is plenty of potential down the road, Nemeth has lots to do before he sees the floor with the Spartans. He explained typically with recruits they plan to have them fully match ready by year three and at that point, Josephson expects Nemeth to be a difference-maker.
“I think he’s going to be an incredible passing left side player. He’s going to be a dynamic pipe hitter and I think he’s going to have a really dangerous jump serve,” he said.
The Raiders left side was also part of a Team Alberta U17 group that traveled to Gangwon, South Korea last summer for a set of exhibition games. He also represented Alberta at the 2019 Canada Cup in Halifax over the summer last year.
Nemeth, who also plays with the Central Alberta Kings Volleyball Club, has been part of the Lindsay Thurber Raiders teams that attended provincials each of the last two seasons. Last year they were ranked second and finished just off the podium in fourth.