Aleksa Miladinovic has always dreamed of playing professional volleyball overseas, and after graduation this year, he hopes that dream will become a reality.
A two time Academic All-Canadian, and twice named to the Dean's List, Aleksa exceled in both athletics and academics. After a successful three years at Ryerson, he received early acceptance into the Doctor of Pharmacy program, and made the transfer to the University of Toronto. Completing his final two years of eligibility for the Blues, Aleksa was ranked second in the OUA in total assists and named an OUA Second Team All-Star for the 2015-2016 season. Putting his athletic dreams on hold until graduation in May 2017, Aleksa has continued to train in hopes of landing his first professional contract for the 2017-2018 season.
"Ever since I started playing volleyball in 14U, I have been watching clips and games of professional volleyball matches. It's something I've been working towards for a long time."
An ambitious young setter, Aleksa was inspired by Nikola Grbic, an Olympic Champion and one of the best playmakers in the world. He's followed Grbic's career from the moment he started playing volleyball and would love to follow in the footsteps of his volleyball idol. His ultimate dream would be to play in Italy because of it's rich volleyball culture. But Aleksa knows his first major challenge is going to be getting his foot in the door in Europe.
"[There are] not a lot of opportunities to play volleyball [post-secondary in Canada] which is one of the reasons why I like playing the ONE Volleyball tournaments so much. I want to stay in this sport in one way or another, for as long as I can."
A silver medalist at the Challenger Series No 1, we are excited to have Aleksa on the court again February 18th for the Challenger Series No 2 presented by Phoenix Volleyball Club for a second chance at the title and $1000 cash prize!