Menlo Men’s Volleyball Signs 2022 Trio

VSN (admin) Published Thursday, March 10, 2022 – 12:30 PM

By: Cameron Schott

While in the midst of a 14-3 season that has received national recognition, men’s volleyball head coach Todd Hollenbeck hasn’t stopped on the recruiting trail, announcing three signings for his 2022 class. The trio will join the Oaks as freshmen next season.

Hollenbeck went to Southern California to find his first two additions in Mathias Durfee and William Lawler. Durfee comes to Atherton from Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego. The 6-foot-4 opposite has led his squad to a 9-1 start to open his senior year after being named varsity MVP as a junior. A fierce competitor with a powerful vertical and a fast arm, Durfee is looking to add some offense to the Oaks arsenal.

“Mathias is a very hard worker with a great attitude,” said Hollenbeck. “I am excited to see what he can do!”

Lawler, a 6-foot-1 setter, joins the Oaks from Huntington Beach High School. He comes from a long line of volleyball players in his family and competes for one of the best junior club teams in the country with the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club. Lawler has led the Oilers to a 9-4 start to open his senior season.

“From the first time I watched William lead his club team I knew he was going to be a great Oak,” said Hollenbeck. “His athleticism combined with his high volleyball IQ makes him a truly elite prospect!”

After securing two in-state additions, Hollenbeck went overseas to find Julius Steimer, a 6-foot-5 outside hitter from Germany. Steimer will hop on a plane to Atherton after playing with Landesgymnasium für Sport Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany. He’s competed for multiple German championships during his high school career, including second and fifth place finishes. Steimer will look to continue the trend of international success for the Oaks, with this year’s top attacker Konrad Stoklosinski and 2020 GSAC Player of the Year Edin Ibrahimovic also coming from Europe.

“Julius is a powerful attacking outside with years of international experience,” said Hollenbeck. “His cool demeanor and great skill set make him a force to be reckoned with.”

With a new freshmen trio in the mix, Hollenbeck will continue to build upon the success that has led to a top three ranking in the NAIA national poll this season. The Oaks look to stay in the national picture with Durfee, Lawler, and Steimer in the mix.

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