Langley, British Columbia – Trinity Western men’s volleyball libero Tyler Koslowsky (Abbotsford, B.C.) was named to Canada’s national junior team Monday after putting together an impressive performance this past weekend playing for Team B.C. Red at the National Team Challenge Cup in Gatineau, Que.
The second-year-to-be athlete – who helped his B.C. Red side to a fourth place finish at the NTCC; a tournament that is essentially a tryout for the national junior team – will now train for the next month at the National Training Centre in Gatineau in preparation for the 2012 NORCECA Junior Championship, which runs from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Tyler’s progression is much faster than we had thought,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “We believed he would develop into one of the nation’s premiere libero players by the end of his career. But we didn’t think he would, in just a year and a half of playing the position, establish himself as a premiere libero in his age class nationally. I believe he has accomplished this with a tireless work ethic and a pursuit of technical perfection in his craft. He cares about the details and his teammates and those two characteristics have led him to this point of representing his country in volleyball. We couldn’t be more proud of him and how far he has come.”
While Koslowsky was the only Trinity Western athlete to make this year’s national junior team, he was certainly still amongst familiar company as he was one of eight Spartans – six men and two women – to compete at this year’s National Team Challenge Cup.
On the men’s side, Koslowsky was joined by current Spartans Branden Schmidt (Winton, Alta.), who was named a tournament all-star, and Micah Jansen Van Doorn (Langley, B.C.), along with incoming Spartans Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), Scott Plocktis (Kelowna, B.C.) and Tyler Heppell (Langley, B.C.). All but Heppell, who played for Team B.C. Blue and finished sixth, represented B.C. Red.
On the women’s side, new recruits Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa, Ont.), playing for Ontario Black, and Chelsea Tancon (Comox, B.C.), playing for B.C. Blue, competed at the women’s NTCC, which was held in Winnipeg, Man.
Carpentier’s Ontario Black side finished sixth overall while Tancon’s B.C. Blue team finished 11th.