STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford head coach John Kosty and his staff have signed Justin Lui, a libero out of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, to join the men's volleyball team in the fall of 2018.
After bringing in several large recruiting classes over the last three years, Kosty and his staff focused on the one position of need and signed one of the top liberos in North America. "At Stanford, we have had a long tradition of great liberos, which include Erik Shoji, Grant Delgado, and Evan Enriques," explained Kosty. "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."
Lui is considered one of the top liberos in the Canadian national team pipeline, and has made success his calling card. During the summer, he helped his Team Ontario provincial squad pull off the double Gold Medal feat of winning the U.S. High Performance Championship (International Division) and the prestigious Canada Games Championship. Both competitions are considered their nation's top championship event for the youth age group.
Hailing from Pickering High School where he performed as an outside hitter, Lui also played for Durham Attack Volleyball Club. His Durham Attack team won four straight Ontario Provincial Championships (2014-17), and also claimed the Canadian National Championship in 2014 and 2016. He was twice named to the Ontario Provincial All-Star Team (2016, 2017).
At the age of 16, Lui was invited to try out for the Canada Junior National U21 Team making him the youngest participant of the 40 athletes. In October of 2017, he participated in national team training at the Canada FTC (Full Time Training Center) and is scheduled to go with Team Ontario Elite to attend the France International Youth HP Training Camp in March 2018.
"Justin has played a lot of volleyball in his young life. Along with the multiple indoor programs he participates in, he also is a very accomplished beach player," said Kosty. "He has proven, time and time again, his ability to win. We are blessed to have a young libero coming into our Stanford team that has so much experience training and competing at a high level.
"But above all, he embraces the best qualities of a Stanford student-athlete which are a desire to be great in both the academic and athletic worlds, humility, and being a wonderful member of this great community."