UCLA middle Gyimah makes Canadian roster for Volleyball Nations League, Pan Am Cup

The top middle attacker in college men’s volleyball represent Canada at two international events during the summer.

Volleyball Canada announced Monday that UCLA middle attacker Daenan Gyimah was selected to both the Canadian Men’s National Team preliminary roster for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the Canadian Men’s “B” National Team roster for the NORCECA Pan American Cup.

Gyimah, who grew up in Scarborough, Ontario before attending UCLA, is one of the youngest players to make the 30-member roster for the Volleyball Nations League.

Gyimah recently concluded his junior season with the Bruins and was fifth in the NCAA with a .435 attack percentage. The All-American and winner of the inaugural Dain Blanton Diversity Award had double-digit kills in 15 regular season matches, including a season-high 25 kills while hitting .553 in a victory against Stanford in February.

He also won the Ryan Millar Award as the top middle attacker in NCAA men’s volleyball for the second consecutive year.

The Volleyball Nations League features the best 16 countries in the world. The top-five teams and the finals host-nation United States following the five-week preliminary will advance to the Volleyball Nations League Finals in July in Chicago.

Canada did not qualify for the finals last year but in 2017 won the bronze medal at the Volleyball Nations League predecessor, the FIVB World League.

The Pan American Cup will take place June 14-22 in Mexico. Canada ended this event last year in sixth place and is attempting to earn its first podium finish since winning the bronze medal in 2016.