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Volley, set, spike to a winning season

For volleyball player Alan Screaton, donor support contributes to success on and off the court

August 30, 2013

Volley, set, spike to a winning season
As a varsity athlete, Alan Screaton, BMOS'13, knows how donors can fuel success. Thanks to Adopt A Mustang, the men's volleyball team played an exhibition match against Université Laval, which set a winning season in motion.

On-court experience breeds team success. Alan Screaton knows that to be true, especially after the men’s volleyball team at Western travelled to Quebec City to compete against Université Laval in a pre-season exhibition match. 

“Laval is always a top-ranked volleyball team, and to play that calibre of team early in the year was a great experience,” says Alan, BMOS’13, a four-year veteran of the men’s volleyball team. “We learned a lot about our game and put that into practice throughout the year.”

At the end of the season, Western placed fourth in the 2013 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship tournament. The team defeated the defending national champions Trinity Western University in the quarter finals, and narrowly lost to Brandon University in the bronze-medal game.

Going that far, says Alan, can be partly attributed to the exhibition game against Laval – an opportunity funded by donors to Adopt A Mustang.

“We got the most we could out of that experience, which contributed to our success on the court this year,” he says, of his final season on the Western volleyball team. “Our CIS performance kept us in the discussion as a top-ranked team in the country.”

Such success in volleyball depends on teamwork. “Volleyball is a true team sport,” adds Alan, who calls Calgary home. “You can’t depend on one player to carry the team. Everyone needs to be strong and play their part.”

That sentiment echoes Alan’s gratitude for receiving the Vaughan Peckham Volleyball Award, which recognizes a player who exhibits hard work, reliability and heart.

“Many other players could have been chosen for the award, so I’m honoured to have been selected,” he says. “It motivated me to focus my time and energy on what really needed to be done on and off the court.”

Having benefited from team and student support through donor gifts, Alan is inspired to contribute to the Western community.

“What donors have started will create a wealth of funding to attract the best student-athletes to Western, and can balloon into more than they ever imagined.”

To learn more about supporting student-athletes through Western Athletics, visit Adopt A Mustang.

This article appeared in the 2013 edition of Annual Impact
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