By Emily Bowers
The big difference was the sand.
It took Lukas Porosa several days to get used to it-running, jumping and diving was all different. But he made the adjustment from his usual sport of indoor volleyball to beach volleyball so well in January he won the gold medal in the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, Australia.
Now, Lukas, son of men’s volleyball coach Mirek Porosa, expects to make a swift adjustment to university play. If the 18-year-old is accepted to the Ryerson applied chemistry and biology program he applied to, he’ll join his father’s team as a setter.
Lukas, in his final year at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, could have a key role in rebuilding a volleyball team that finished this season at 0-12 in OUA play, partly because eight of the 11 players were in first or second year.
“I know what it takes to win and how to get there,” Lukas said. “This year, they didn’t have many players who had played before.”
Playing under the helm of his father worked well for Lukas in January. Mirek, who introduced his son to the sport at an early age, coached Lukas and his partner, Barrie native Chris Simek, to a win in the six-team tournament Down Under.
“The travelling was really long, but the whole experience was just amazing,” Lukas said.
His school’s indoor team didn’t do so well. It was eliminated in the semifinal round of its playoffs.