When it comes to volleyball, Canisius senior Devin Joslyn isn't just one of the best players in Western New York, he's one of the top prospects in the entire country.
Not only receiving interest from national volleyball powerhouse programs like Loyola, USC, Penn State, Ohio State and Princeton just to name a few, the senior is a member of the Under-19 National team that competed at the Inter-Continental Championships in Cuba in June.
"It really didn't hit me until I got the plane ticket to Cuba and I was like ‘wow, this is kind of special,’" he said. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and you don't want to take anything for granted."
Joslyn helped power the U.S. to a Silver medal and earn a bid to the World Championships in Bahrain in 2017.
"His commitment to training and to practice has paid off. It's great to see him as one of the Canisius players who are in the USA pipeline," Head Coach Tom Weislo said.
"It was definitely special to me, something that I've worked towards,” Joslyn said. “Watching Matt Anderson when I was younger in West Seneca and his accomplishments and what he's done over the years. I guess it was a dream that I've been chasing."
Anderson, a West Seneca native, recently won a Bronze medal representing the United States at the Summer Olympics in Rio, and Joslyn is hoping to one day to follow in his idols footsteps.
"When I'm alone, I think of it and that it's a possibility," he said of winning a medal at the Olympics. "Kind of get butterflies in my stomach whenever I think about it because seeing professional athletes that went through the same pipeline and done the same thing. It gives me butterflies."
But, for now, he's focused on winning a 17th straight Monsignor Martin Championship with Canisius.
"We want to go with tradition and keep moving forward,” Joslyn said.
"He doesn't say a lot but he lets his actions speak for him,” Weislo added.
Super 7 List
#1 – Devin Joslyn, Canisius Volleyball
A member of the U-19 National Team, Joslyn helped Team USA capture silver at the Intercontinental Championship in June to qualify US for the World Champions in 2017. He also helped power Canisius to victory at the Clarence tournament to open the season.
#2 –Abby Borkowski, Kenmore West Volleyball
Led the Blue Devils to a 3-0 sweep over Lockport with 10 kills and 11 digs on Friday to help Kenmore West pick up its first win of the season.
#3 – Ian Baker, Springville Football
Rushed for 248 yards and six touchdowns in Springville’s 52-14 win over Fredonia/WB on Friday.
"Ian is a super young man that is not only a role model for his team and school, but the whole community. He takes great pride in his hard work on the field and in the classroom. It is this work ethic that has allowed his full potential to be realized. Our whole community is proud of Ian Baker and the supporting cast of players and coaches that make SGI football special." - Eric Jantzi, Head Coach
#4 – Kaitlyn Grober, Williamsville South Soccer
Scored 5 goals in a 6-3 win over West Seneca East on Friday.
#5 – Ross Showalter, Clarence Soccer
Scored both goals in the Red Devils in a 2-0 win over St. Joe’s on Thursday.
"Ross opened up his high school soccer career as a Sophomore scoring two goals in each of his first two games. The second game was the Championship game vs St. Joe's in the Clarence Boosters Tournament." - Mike Silverstein, Head Coach
#6 – Caitlin Gonter, Hamburg Soccer (photo)
Scored the game winning goal in the Bulldogs 2-1 win over Iroquois.
"Caitlin is a very skilled player and a starter and team leader, even though she is only a 10th grader. Caitlin is the first player at practice and an extremely hard worker when she arrives. The future of Hamburg Soccer is bright knowing we have Caitlin for 3 more seasons." - Tom Zugger, Head Coach
#7 – Zack Woodard, North Tonawanda Football
Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the Lumberjacks 35-8 win over Williamsville East.
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