Langley attacker to join Heat men

Ben Heppell to play Canada West volleyball at UBC Okanagan

Heppell will add power and a proven champion’s mentality to the Heat attack next season. -Image credit: Contributed

Langley’s Max Heppell has signed on with the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball program for the 2017-18 season.

Heppell, a 6-foot-4 left side hitter, comes to the Heat from the Langley Fundamental School and from the Force Volleyball program.

He played five years with the Force club program, earning four consecutive provincial titles and four consecutive national championships. Heppell also had success with his school teams, earning first team all-star honours as his junior team took home a provincial title.

In 2014 Heppell was a member of a Fraser Valley team that earned the gold medal in the BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.

Max cites both athletic and academic reasons for wanting to come to Kelowna. “I chose UBCO because of Brad Hudson. He coached my brother at Douglas, and so I know he is a good coach,” said Heppell, adding, “UBCO has a business program, which is what I wanted to study.”

Heppell plans to study business management, with the end goal of starting a farm and an electrical business after his time at UBC Okanagan.

“I can’t wait for this coming year to be able to show what I’m worth and prove myself on this team,” said Heppell when asked about his upcoming step up to the U Sports level. “I am ready to work hard and do whatever I can to help make this team better.”

The feeling from the Heat is evidently mutual. “I am very excited to have Max join us,” said Hudson, his soon-to-be coach. “Max possesses both the skillset we look for in our wing players and the character we want in our Heat men’s volleyball athletes. In particular, Max is an exceptional receiver and attacker out of the back row.”

Hudson is also pleased at the club program that Heppell is coming from citing the winning the team has done in Heppell’s time there “Our recruit, Max Heppell, and his club team just won U18 nationals in Saskatoon.

“It’s his teams fourth national championship in a row. I literally think his team has lost once in Canada (in their age group) in something like five years. It’s amazing”, said Hudson on the run.

After a strong first season in 2016-17 that saw first year coach Hudson, with an interim tag, set a record for wins in a Canada West season by the UBCO men’s volleyball program with nine, has an impressive first recruiting class, and is bringing in seven players to compete for the UBC Okanagan Heat for the upcoming season.

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