WINNIPEG, Manitoba (ISN) – The Trinity Western women’s volleyball team will be well-represented on the national stage this summer as four Spartans were amongst the players named to Canada’s national women’s A and B teams after this past week’s selection camp at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre.
Trinity Western middle Alicia Perrin, outside hitter Royal Richardson and setter Lauren Moncks were named to the teams after impressive performances during the selection camp and will join Spartans setter Kelci French – who was already with Canada’s senior side, having recently competed at the NORCECA Olympic qualification tournament – on the national squad.
“For these girls, this is a fantastic opportunity for them in terms of personal development,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “They’ll be training in a competitive environment that will help push them and allow them to take their game to another level and, at the same time, this is going to be huge for our program as they’ll return having played at such a high level for at least an extra month this summer. These girls have worked hard and it’s great to see them rewarded for their efforts.”
This summer both the A and the B teams will train together for a one month period. In late June the A team will officially be selected and the B team will return to their hometowns. The A squad will then continue training and compete in some exhibition matches against Team Argentina in Winnipeg from July 7-10. Both Team Canada and Team Argentina will be preparing for the NORCECA Pan Am Cup in Mexico – a qualification event for the 2013 World Grand Prix – which both teams will be leaving for on July 11.
This will be the second summer in a row Perrin, who was named a CIS Second Team and Canada West First Team All-Star this year, will don the red and white after last year playing for Canada’s national “B” team at the FISU World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
For Richardson and Moncks, this will be their first time competing with the national team while French is a veteran of the national program, having trained at the national centre for two years prior to her arrival at Trinity Western in the fall of 2011.
The selection camp ran from May 21-25 and featured 49 players vying for national team spots.
ABOUT SPARTANS WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
The Trinity Western women’s volleyball team qualified for the CIS national championship in 2011-12 for the third time in the last four years. After capturing the Canada West bronze medal, the Spartans were eliminated from the championship bracket when they lost to St. Mary’s in quarter-final. The team rallied to win its last two games of the season, on the consolation side, to earn a fifth place finish at nationals.
The team finished the Canada West regular season with a 13-7 record and, at one point in the year, were ranked as high as No. 2 in the CIS Top 10.
The Spartans have qualified for the national championship five times in their 13-year history playing at the CIS level. They earned a bronze medal in 2011, a fourth place finish in 2007 and fifth place finishes in 2006, 2009 and 2012.