It’s all in the beard

Carson hoping depth, playoff beard can lead WolfPack back to the post-season

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

Colin Carson has traded his moustache for a beard in hopes that it will help lead the WolfPack back to the post-season this year. Andrew Snucins photos

Colin Carson has traded his moustache for a beard in hopes that it will help lead the WolfPack back to the post-season this year. Andrew Snucins photos

He’s known as a great setter with a fierce moustache, but this year it might be his beard that gets all the attention.

Colin Carson, setter for TRU’s WolfPack men’s volleyball, has quite the look going on heading into the first weekend of the Canada West volleyball season. For some, he might look more like a character from Duck Dynasty or a member of the Boston Red Sox than a university athlete, but he’s hoping it can bring a little luck to the WolfPack this season, and maybe a little fear to its opponents.

“I decided to stop shaving about six months ago and haven’t really touched it since then,” said Carson, who was known last year for his Super Troopers-like moustache. “I know a lot of people are bugging me about Movember coming up here, saying I have to get rid of the beard, but I don’t think I can do it.”

Carson said he’s thinking about keeping the beard, a pseudo-playoff beard from day one of the regular season.

Joel Schmuland, formerly of the University of Alberta Golden Bears and CIS player of the year, had a similar thing going on back in 2009, and it has become a team identity of sorts, with the university’s mascot even donning a beard. Carson hopes the same thing can take off at TRU.

Along with Carson, the WolfPack has returned a core group of players this season, including right-side hitter Brad Gunter, who spent his summer playing for Canada’s world junior championship team. Eleven of the WolfPack’s 17 listed players are playing in their third or more season.

“I think we’re a very deep team,” Carson said, himself one of three players entering their fifth and final year of eligibility in the CIS. “I’m not sure that we’re going to have a set starting six all the time. I think it depends on who’s playing well and who we’re playing against in certain match ups. Definitely Brad had a great summer, he’s improved a ton, he’s going to be a very good player for us this year.”

Head coach Pat Hennelly is hoping to lead his team back to the post-season this year for the first time since 2010-11, when it lost in back-to-back matches to the Trinity Western University Spartans. Carson was a part of that team and is on the same page as his head coach.

Carson said that all of his goals for the season are team-based, and making the playoffs is at the top of the list.

“I think we had a good preseason, got all of the matches under our belts,” Carson said. “Pat was pushing us hard but I think that’s obviously good in the preseason and I think it will be beneficial to us now.”

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