Grand Canyon adds transfers from Pacific, Limestone for 2015 season

An all-conference outside attacker from Limestone will transfer across the nation to Grand Canyon for his senior season.

Grand Canyon coach Jeremy Prince recently announced that Jon Schaefer was one of two transfers who will join the Antelopes in time for the 2015 season.


Schaefer was a Third-Team All-Conference Carolinas selection last season after finishing in the conference’s top 15 with a 2.86 kills per game average on a .302 attack percentage. The outside attacker had 14 matches with double-digit kills, including a team-high 16 kills in a loss to Grand Canyon in March.

Former Pacific middle attacker Ashton King will also play for Grand Canyon next season. King, a 6-foot-7 freshman, redshirted last season and leaves Pacific after the school administration opted to eliminate its men’s volleyball team.

Along with Schaefer and King, three incoming freshman recruits have signed national letters of intent with the Antelopes.

Trent Mathews, a 6-foot-4 opposite from Australia, was the co-captain of his high school team that won two national titles, and he earned the team’s most valuable player award as a senior.

Cody Williams, an in-state 6-foot-3 outside attacker, helped his high school team reach the Arizona state tournament. He also was named to the Junior Olympics All-Tournament Team at the 2013 games in Reno.

Shalev Saada, a 6-foot-5 opposite from Israel, played on the Israel Men’s National Cup Team for the last four seasons. In addition, he played on the Israeli Beach Volleyball National Team and competed at the U-20 European Championships in 2011.

Grand Canyon finished last season in seventh place in the MIVA but went 12-6 during its non-conference play.