Trent University is pleased to welcome Isaiah Hipel, Tony Bui and Collin Belanger to the Men’s Volleyball program!
Isaiah Hipel comes to Trent from Leaside Thunder. He plays for a strong Leaside team that is currently tied for 6th in the province in the Premier division. He has twice won the YRAA Tier 1 Volleyball Championship and has competed in club baseball as well as competitive gymnastics.
“I am very excited to play for the Trent Men’s varsity volleyball team,” Isaiah said. “I think that they have a lot ahead of them and so much to work towards (…) which I cannot wait to be a part of. Trent seems like such a welcoming and friendly university. The fact that they don’t have a huge population is so appealing to me.”
Outside of sports, Isaiah has been a peer mentor leader at his school and has been involved in student council.
“We really look forward to having Isaiah join our program,” says Chris Wilding, Head Coach of the Men’s Volleyball team. “He bring a lot of leadership and playing experience to the table. He is a great fit for Trent as we continue to build our program.”
Isaiah will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Tony Bui joins Trent from Monsenior John Perema Catholic Secondary School where he led the Patriots to 3 silver LOSSA medals. He was awarded the Junior Boys volleyball award and has also competed in badminton for the past 6 years. Tony also has a passion for music and plays piano, guitar and saxophone.
“I think that playing for Trent will be a great experience,” says Tony. “Since Trent has (joined) the OUA, the only way is up… I am excited to see the team, as well as myself, grow every year.” Tony continued, “as for Trent as a school, it is a beautiful campus with a lot of friendly and welcoming people.”
“Tony is a great player with a unique skill set,” Wilding says. “He plays the game with a lot of heart and is not afraid to pour himself into his defense. I was impressed from the first time I saw him play.”
Tony will be attending Trent for Honours Science.
Collin Belanger will be attending Trent from Athens District High School where he has been the MVP of the Warriors for the past 3 years. He has been the school’s team captain for the last 3 years and participates on his school’s student council where he is the Minister of Athletics and Intermurals.
Collin is also a multi-sport athlete, competing in hockey for the Leeds Chargers, as well as badminton and soccer. He has been award both his school’s sportsmanship and leadership awards, and has assisted as a coach with the junior girls teams for the past 2 seasons.
“I am really impressed with Collin’s work ethic and eagerness to learn,” says Wilding. “He does not shy away from a challenge and we cannot wait to get him into the gym working with the rest of the team.”
“I am very excited about playing for the Trent men’s team,” Collin said. “I have always dreamed of being able to play volleyball in university and I could not be happier to be able to do that at Trent. The campus has a very nice scenery and it looks like a very welcoming place.”
Collin will study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.