A spike in success There aren't too many individual awards left in Ontario Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball that Londoner Justin Scapinello doesn't have his name on.
Now the 20 year old second year right side at Mohawk College can add Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All Canadian to the list too. Showing his competitive side, he only wishes the accolade came with an OCAA gold medal and a birth at the CCAA national volleyball rayban shades championships. The Mountaineers have two OCAA bronze medals in the past three years after winning the tournament in 2007 2008. "I went into the awards ceremony knowing it was possible but (being named an All Canadian) wasn't my overall goal at that point," Scapinello said. "I obviously wanted the gold medal but it felt fantastic to be recognized that well in Canada." Scapinello has certainly accomplished a lot in his short college career so far. He was fourth in league scoring, averaging 4.4 points per set and led the OCAA in service aces, helping his all Canadian credentials. Last year he was an OCAA tournament all star, an OCAA first team league all star, the OCAA west scoring champion and ray ban prescription the OCAA rookie of the year. Each year Mohawk players list their personal and team goals "I didn't get the gold medal I black ray ban aviators wanted but I think I've checked off all the personal goals in my two years," Scapinello said. He still rues this year's missed opportunity. "Our season went substantially better than my ray bans for cheap first year," Scapinello said. "But once again we couldn't beat Humber in the regular season or playoffs, and that's basically it." But the former Forest City Volleyball Club member and Saunders secondary school alumnus is considering his options for next season and a chance to play in the CIS isn't out of the question. "It's just another step up in volleyball," said Scapinello, who added he's considering opportunities with Western University and the University of British Columbia. Funnily enough, Scapinello wouldn't even be thinking about volleyball if he hadn't been cut from competitive London Ramblers basketball when he was a kid. Scapinello ended up being introduced to volleyball through his sister, an FCVC member before him.
At 11 years old, he made an under 14 team and hasn't looked back. Small at the time, Scapinello is still short for a volleyball player at 6'3" but has learned to adapt. A national champion with FCVC, Scapinello was invited to a junior Team Canada camp last summer and hopes wherever his career brings him next, he still has some national level experience ahead of him.
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