Markus Bratsberg is a rare species on the North Shore sporting scene – an elite boys volleyball player.
The North Vancouver native's talent is clear. He's putting in a powerful first season at Capilano University, ranking near the top of the team in most attacking and digging stats to insert himself firmly into the running for the PacWest league's rookie of the year award. He's also knocking on the door of the national beach volleyball program – he just spent the holiday break training with Ben Saxton and Grant O'Gorman, Canada's No. 1 pairing. ...
As he got older he went looking for a team but couldn't find much. He was lucky to catch on with a group that started a boys team in the BCO Volleyball Club – the only boys team in the club – but Bratsberg soon outgrew his peers and needed to move off the North Shore. He went to Coquitlam's Focus Volleyball Club to continue his development.
In Grade 9 the Focus team won a provincial title, but in Grade 10 they ran up against a powerhouse team based in White Rock called Seaside Volleyball Club. The coach at Seaside was Dave Dooley.