Avs benefit from presence of local volleayball player

Nolin Hoodicoff looking for a spot on the team after a few years away from the sport.

Nolin Hoodicoff is working towards a spot with the Avalanche next year.

Though he sits on the sidelines during games, Nolin Hoodicoff is still getting a taste of what volleyball is like at the college level.

The Cranbrook native is a red-shirt with the College of the Rockies men’s Avalanche team, meaning he isn’t officially on the roster, however, he can practice with the club.

He hopes to flip that into a full spot with the team next year, as his red shirt status doesn’t allow him to play in Pacwest league or exhibition games. He stepped away from the sport for a few years after high school, and is looking to get

“Just being a part of a team again has been amazing,” Hoodicoff said. “I look forward to earning a spot on the roster so I can contribute in games and tournaments.”

While he works hard on the court, he also keeps himself busy in the classroom while working towards a Kinesiology diploma, after which he intends to earn a Bachelor degree in business administration.

Avalanche men’s coach Steve Kamps appreciates having Hoodicoff around the team.

“Nolin has been a valuable member of this year’s team as a red shirt,” Kamps said. “He has played multiple positions and brings a great deal of talent, energy and positive attitude to the floor.”

The Avs are currently on their Christmas break, but will resume Pacwest action when Camosun College comes up for a pair of games in the New Year on Jan. 11