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MVB | Kristjanson tabbed for Canadian U21 training roster

Wesmen left side Liam Kristjanson had a breakout season as a freshman and has earned an invite to Volleyball Canada's U21 training roster. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)
Wesmen left side Liam Kristjanson had a breakout season as a freshman and has earned an invite to Volleyball Canada's U21 training roster. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)

After an all-star season, Liam Kristjanson has caught the eye of Volleyball Canada. 

Kristjanson, a freshman left side with the 2019-20 UWinnipeg Wesmen men's volleyball team, was one of 27 athletes named to the Volleyball Canada U21 men's virtual training group on Thursday. 

The national organization announced U21 men, U19 men and U20 women training groups, which will be forced to train and connect remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The focus is on world championship qualification in 2021.

"While every coach and athlete would love to be in the gym, we recognize the significant challenge we all are facing during the pandemic. It is critical that our coaches and athletes continue to develop athletes through high-performance pathways toward the men's and women's indoor national teams," Volleyball Canada Director of Athlete and Coach Pathways Dawna Sales said. "To work with world-leading professional staff that traditionally wouldn't be available in July to our youth and junior athletes is just one of the opportunities to extend our programs."

The athletes will be engaged through various sessions in July and August including support from Team Canada staff on technical, tactical, physical, and mental skill development.

Kristjanson, a 6-foot-9 product of Brandon Crocus Plains, was named to the Canada West all-rookie team after he stepped into a starting role early on in his freshman season in 2019.  

He appeared in 21 of 22 conference matches and finished the season with 94 kills, 16 aces, 30 digs and 22 blocks. 

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