The men behind the net
By Courtnie Martin, Sports Reporter
As the men’s volleyball team approached its season opener, Coach Brad Hudson announced two of his returning players as captains: fifth year Andrew Robson and fourth year Andrew McWilliam. It was unanimously predicted that Andy and Andy would lead the Royals to a hopefully victorious season. The two don’t just share the same first name; they also share the same values, morals, and mentality on the court.
Off the court, however, it’s a different story. Born in a small town outside of Dutton, Ontario, McWilliam grew up a farm boy with three older brothers. Family has always been extremely important to him. Their love and support followed him to his first college, the University of Guelph, where he played and attended school for two years. After “Mac” took a year off from the game, he decided that his passion had not seized and he needed to get back on the floor. He then brought his talents to Douglas, where he helped the squad to a very successful season.
Moving across the country came with many trials and tribulations, but he came to realize he wasn’t alone. Though he was far away and missed home, he still had that which was so important to him here at Douglas: family, albeit a new one. As his own confidence and comfort continues to grow, so does the team’s and its chemistry. Recognizing the need for a strong influence, Mac was determined to be just that, earning a position as a First Team All-Star. As he works towards his Sports Science diploma, specializing in kinesiology, he has an equally great commitment to lead the Royals to another successful season. Alongside him, sharing captain responsibilities, is his good friend Andrew Robson.
Robson grew up in Ladner, British Columbia, where he attended Delta Secondary School. He later headed to Douglas, where he became a huge contributor to one the team’s most successful seasons. Robson, also known as “Andy,” is finishing up his last year at Douglas and is pursuing his Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC), with aspirations of becoming a PE and Biology teacher. Off the court, Robson simply can’t get enough of sports, whether it’s sitting in front of the tube or playing beach volleyball during his off-season. As he nears his final season of college volleyball, he continues to find motivational opportunities to enhance his abilities as a leader and a captain.
“The team is the youngest it’s been in a long time. It took a little getting used to for me. It was tougher than I expected. Sometimes you forget how much of an influence you have on the younger guys,” says Robson.
Coach Hudson was very proud to name his captains. He commended them on their hard work and commitment to the team.
Lucas DeCoste had very similar opinions on his teammates: “Andy and Mac are both great players. They bring a ton of experience and leadership to our team. Andy has been a leader on this team for a few years now, so he’s a vocal force. Mac brings CIS experience, passion, and a wild arm.”