Stanford signs top libero recruit from Canada

The youngest player selected to the initial roster for the Canadian Junior National Team will play his college volleyball career at Stanford.

Stanford coach John Kosty announced recently that high school senior Justin Lui has signed a letter of intent to join the Cardinal beginning in the 2019 season.

Lui, a libero from Pickering, Ontario, was one of 40 players selected to tryout for the Canadian Junior National Team and at 16 years old was the youngest player on the court. While he did not make the team this summer, he did help Team Ontario win gold medals at both the USA Volleyball High Performance Championship and the Canada Games Championship.

The libero also spent the fall training with the Canadian Men’s National Team at the Canada Full Time Training Center.

“At Stanford, we have had a long tradition of great liberos, which include Erik Shoji, Grant Delgado, and Evan Enriques,” Kosty said in a statement. “We truly value the position and are constantly searching for the best. I am thrilled that we have found another good one in Justin Lui.”

Besides his achievements with the national program, Lui led his club team to two Canadian National Championship titles in the last four years. In addition, he was named to the Ontario Provincial All-Star Team in each of the last two years.

Stanford one-year removed from narrowly missing the final at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament finished last season ranked No. 9 in both the national coaches poll and media poll. The Cardinal also advanced to the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.