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“In Grade 7, he was like 6-foot-2,” the 17-year-old Parker said. “I said, ‘Dude, you can definitely play.”
Now 6-foot-5 and 170 pounds, the 17-year-old Ivanovski was a WECSSAA all-star at St. Joseph high school while also working with the provincial team.
“He was working with (the Ontario team with) potential for the Canada Games,” Gravelle said of the event, which was pushed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “He projects to be an all-star in our league. He’s a natural blocker that moves well at the net and is a good attacker. He moves well, jumps well and is long. He’s a blue-chip recruit.”
Parker’s growth spurt came a little later. Now 6-foot-2 and 165-pounds, Parker was also a WECSSAA all-star player at Riverside and could be key position pickup for at the Lancers with OUA all-star setter Nolan Langley entering his fifth year and Anthony Degirolamo entering his fourth year.
“We’re going to be graduating both of those guys soon,” Gravelle said. “We were definitely looking to sign a setter for that class.”
While both went their separate way in high school, the two continued on as teammates with the SKY volleyball club team, which only returned to practice recently after being sidelined since March by the coronavirus.
“We were getting ready for provincials and working and building up and that just stopped,” Parker said of the pandemic. “Now, we just got practice back. We can do workouts and team practices with mask on, but at least can have practice. It feels good.”