Dalhousie Tigers men’s volleyball head coach Dan Ota is pleased to announce the commitment of Justin Cross for the 2020-21 season.
A Winnipeg, MB native, Cross is a three-time provincial champion with the 204 Volleyball Club and won a bronze medal at the 2019 Volleyball Canada national championship. He was awarded the 2018 provincial championship MVP and was named a 2017 all-star.
Cross and his St. Paul’s High School teammates earned a 2017 Manitoba High School Athletic Association silver medal and continued their winning ways into the 2018-19 season, winning the St. Vital Invitational, the Seven Oaks Invitational, the DMCI Varsity Boys tournaments, and the West Winnipeg Athletic Conference (WWAC) title. So far into the 2019-20 season, Cross was named a tournament all-star at the St. Vital Classic Invitational last weekend.
The 6’3 leftside has also been a member of Team Manitoba’s indoor volleyball team for the last two seasons and won gold at the Western Canada Summer Games Beach Volleyball championship for Manitoba in 2019. In 2018, Cross was named the Volleyball Manitoba Male 16U player of the year.
“I’m so excited to further my volleyball career and academic studies at Dalhousie University,” says Cross “I always knew I wanted to play university volleyball but was not sure where the best fit would be. After meeting coach Dan and the team, as well as touring the Dalhousie campus, it became clear to me where I wanted to be. I look forward to joining the Tigers next year and am very excited about what this team can achieve!”
Cross is looking to study management while attending Dalhousie.
“Justin brings a versatility in his game that will make him a very valuable addition to our program,” says Ota. “He’s an effective hitter and his passing abilities are strong enough for him to play at the libero position as well. He has also shown that he can be an elite setter in his limited time at that position with Team Manitoba. Just as important is his strong competitive background and leadership experience that will help boost the team culture of our young squad.”
The Tigers return home on November 8, when they host Laval. Game time is set for 7:30pm.