Blues sign Australian outside hitter

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CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues men’s volleyball program has rounded out their 2018-19 recruiting class with the signing of Nikita Marchenkov, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter from Perth, Australia who has competed nationally for his home country.

A standout for the UWA Volleyball Club, Marchenkov has competed at the Australian national level for both indoor and beach volleyball. In 2018 he was selected for the Australian U19 Beach Squad, and he also won a silver medal at the U19 National Beach Championships. On the hard court, he was a U17 all-star at the 2016 Indoor National Championships, and he attended the national indoor training camps in 2015 and 2016. He has also represented the state of Western Australia in both beach and indoor since 2015.

“I chose Capilano University mainly because of its inviting atmosphere and beautiful campus,” said Marchenkov. “The high level of volleyball and friendly coaching staff made my decision easier, knowing that CapU was the place for me.

“I’m most looking forward to moving to a new country and experiencing a different culture on the other side of the world, while reaching the next level of my volleyball career alongside studying full-time.”

Marchenkov plans to enroll in the University’s Bachelor of Business Administration program. He joins a Blues team that is looking to build off a year where they went 19-5 in the regular season, but fell short of a medal at the PACWEST Championships.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nikita into the Blues family,” said CapU head coach Dave Dooley, who enters his first year at the helm of the Blues. “He is clearly a passionate individual in every avenue he pursues, and we are very happy to see him embark on his next phase of life at Capilano.”

Marchekov joins a recruiting class of six players from the BC high school ranks: Ty Baskin, Markus Bratsberg, Kyle Buhrig, Adam Kartusch, Kyle Monaghan, and Jensen Yuen.

Capilano kicks off their 2018-19 PACWEST season at home on Thursday, October 11 when the Blues host the College of the Rockies Avalanche in the first of a two-game series.