Tyler Rowsell holding his own in talented world of university volleyball
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Tyler Rowsell of Corner Brook keeps the keen eyes of his MUN Sea-Hawks teammates as he prepares to bump the ball during recent Atlantic University Sport action.
CORNER BROOK — Tyler Rowsell is slowly adjusting to life as a student-athlete with the Memorial University of Newfoundland Sea-Hawks varsity men’s volleyball team.
The fourth-year engineering student is now plying his volleyball skill as a rookie with the Sea-Hawks in the Atlantic University Sport.
“It’s a nice learning curve coming from just rec ball in St. John’s to playing with the Sea-Hawks at the varsity level,” Rowsell said while visiting family and friends in Corner Brook during the Christmas break.
Rowsell got it in his head to try and crack the Sea-Hawks back in September after he and beach volleyball partner Michael Morris decided this past summer they would like to return to the national beach volleyball stage again in 2014.
He looked at joining the Sea-Hawks as a great opportunity to get his hands on the ball during the winter months so he put his best volley forward and made the cut.
It wasn’t that bad of an adjustment period for him even though he quickly found out the skillset of the players at the AUS level is pretty impressive.
“It was a lot easier than I expected it to be, but I guess the different aspects like the level of ball was a lot harder,” he said.
Looking back on the first half, he noticed that his team will be in tough against some talented teams this season. The team has played against a number of strong teams from Quebec this year and at the AUS level there appears to be a couple of tough hombres standing in the way of a championship run.
“UNB (University of New Brunswick) is really strong this year and Dalhousie beat us as well, but I think after Christmas hopefully we can put up a good game against them,” he said.
Rowsell got his fair share of floor time in the first half of the campaign, but he admits he got off to a rough start and couldn’t come up with the kind of effort he was hoping for at the start of the year.
But, with each game, he believed he saw improvement in his game and felt his effort against the University of New Brunswick gave him reason to be confident about his progress.
“Our last trip to UNB I think I stepped it up a lot more,” he said.
Rowsell had only a week to celebrate the holidays with his loved ones before returning to the capital city. It will be a hectic pace for a couple of weeks before the season culminates with the AUS championship so he knows it’s time to get in a groove down the stretch.
All hands know what’s at stake once the Sea-Hawks resume play next month, according to Rowsell.
“Just fine-tuning all of our skills to put it in that quick blast, especially where we haven’t played volleyball in a couple of weeks,” he said of the mindset at this stage.
“Just quickly getting back into it and getting up to speed with everyone.”
Although it was short and sweet, Rowsell had a very relaxing time with family and friends during the holidays.
The good news for him, he feels, is there will be less distractions when he returns.
“I won’t have any study time where I am going to be on a work-term so it should be easier,” he said.