December 8, 2012, LANGLEY, BC., (ISN) – The Trinity Western men’s volleyball team solidified its roster for years to come as coach Ben Josephson announced his highly-touted 2013 recruiting class, which includes setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg), middle Levi Wolthuis (Sturgeon County, Alta.) and outside hitters Blake Scheerhoorn (Bellville, Ont.) and Mike Grypma (Langley) Friday.
“With the addition of these four to last year’s recruiting class, which included Tyler Heppell, Ryan Sclater and Scott Plocktis, the future cycle is now complete and I can’t wait to see all of them in the gym together,” Josephson said. “These four are all coming off of extremely successful high school and club careers. I believe winning is a learned trait, not trained. So, with all four having experienced what it takes to win, I believe they will help our Spartan men’s volleyball program continue in our tradition of competing for national titles.
“These four have size, athleticism and, above all, unquenchable work ethic. The future looks bright for Spartans men’s volleyball and I couldn’t be more excited to get a front row seat to the show.”
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound setter, who will graduate from Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute – the same school Spartans setter Devyn Plett came from – this spring, comes with an impressive pedigree at both the high school and club levels.
Playing with the Winman Volleyball Club, Schriemer has earned three national championship medals, including a gold medal in 2011, a silver in 2009 and a bronze in 2010. At the Western Elites, he helped his club to a silver medal in 2011 and a bronze medal in 2012; the latter of which he was named a tournament all-star.
With MBCI, Schriemer guided his team to a 4A provincial championship this past season. Along the way, he was named a provincial all-star and, recently, was ranked as the No. 2 player in the province, which is determined through the Manitoba coaches’ poll.
“Just as Devyn Plett did before him, Adam comes to our program after leading his MBCI Hawks to the 4A Manitoba high school provincial championship,” Josephson said. “At 6-foot-6, Adam possesses great size for the setting position and this past year he set from the middle position to take advantage of his blocking presence at the net. While he is a very physical setter, it is his subtle skills that impress me most. He has amazing footwork and touch for a big setter. He moves around the court very easily and has a great understanding of offensive choices and deception.
“Adam has a great love for the game and that love has produced some great success, as he has already won a national championship with his 16U club team. His volleyball experience will serve him well as he continues his career at TWU. Being the younger brother of a former junior national team player, Matt Schriemer, he has grown up immersed in the game. Under the coaching of MBCI’s Brian Plett and his Winman coaches, he has received top notch training, which will make our job of helping him transition to the CIS level much easier. I couldn’t be more excited to have Adam help guide our offence for the next five years.”
Schriemer commented upon signing with TWU: “The Spartans men’s volleyball program is really strong and I feel I can mature here as a player. I’m looking forward to playing for Ben Josephson and learning as much as I can from him.”
Schriemer is undecided on his area of study at TWU.
The 6-foot-7, 185-pound Scheerhoorn, who is Josephson’s first ever recruit out of Ontario, has been a winner everywhere he’s gone.
Graduating from Quinte Christian High School this spring, the outside hitter ended his high school career having guided his team to three straight OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) gold medals. To go with his team achievements at the high school level, individually, in 2012, he was named his school’s most promising athlete and the male athlete of the year.
At the club level, playing with the Northumberland Breakers Volleyball Club, Scheerhoorn won a provincial silver medal with his 17U team in 2011 and a bronze medal with his 18U team in 2012. At both tournaments he was named an all-star.
“Blake is an extremely gifted athlete, blessed with length and great jumping ability,” Josephson said. “At 6-foot-7 and with the ability to play on the outside, he is a highly ranked recruit nationwide. Even more impressive than his physical skills are the intangibles Blake possesses. He has a deep love for the game and an insatiable appetite for improvement. Immediately following his commitment to our program, he was already studying our matches and asking questions about how to improve and prepare for next year. This love of improving is what makes great players truly special. When talent and preparation meet, great performances occur. We expect to see many of those with Blake as a Spartan.”
Scheerhoorn commented upon signing with TWU: “There seems to be a fantastic environment at TWU and I’m excited to be going to a Christian school. In addition to being a great university, the volleyball program is second to none, and I look forward to being part of it.”
Scheerhoorn plans to study business at TWU.
With Wolthuis, the Spartans are getting yet another outstanding middle from the Edmonton Christian High School volleyball program. With Josh Doornenbal and Lucas Van Berkel coming before him, Wolthuis joins TWU with an impressive Edmonton Christian precedent to follow.
But, with his size – he is 6-foot-6 and 223 pounds –, skill and winning pedigree, Wolthuis is a player who is more than capable of continuing the Spartans tradition of quality Edmonton Christian middles.
Playing with the Northern Alberta Volleyball Club (NAVC), Wolthuis has earned five gold medals at the provincial level and two gold medals, in 2010 and 2012, at the national level. Over that span of success, he was named a provincial all-star four times and both a national all-star and tournament MVP once, in 2010.
With his high school team, Wolthuis helped his Edmonton Christian side to a second place finish at the 2012 4A provincial championship.
“Levi is the next in a long tradition of Edmonton Christian middle players coming to our program. Every four years we seem to get our hands on the next great thing from what is a great volleyball school. Levi possesses great size for our level in the middle position but, above that, his leadership abilities are what make him such an exciting prospect for us. He has great charm, charisma and toughness and those intangibles are exactly what we were looking for in recruiting Levi’s position.
“We expect Levi to provide a great deal of stability in the middle position as his career progresses. He has a history of winning, which will serve him well when he competes. He was a major part of helping his NAVC 17U side win last year’s national championship. That, combined with a second place finish with Edmonton Christian in the 4A provincials, reveals just what kind of effect Levi has on those he plays with – inspiring others to play to their utmost potential.”
Wolthuis commented upon signing with TWU: “I am really excited to play for TWU and become a Spartan. I feel like TWU is the perfect place for me to attend and I believe it fits my personality and my faith. I really look forward to getting to know the team and the coaching staff.”
Wolthuis plans to study sociology and human resources.
Grypma joins the Spartans as the lone home-grown talent in Josephson’s 2013 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound local product has played with the Fraser Valley Volleyball Club ever since he was 14 years old.
Set to graduate from Langley Christian School, Grypma will join an impressive cast of current and former Lightning athletes who have become Spartans, including Dan and Micah Jansen Van Doorn, Tyler Heppell and Jeff Stel. And after an excellent career at both the high school and club level, Grypma is yet another quality athlete who will take the men’s volleyball pipeline from Langley Christian to TWU.
With his high school team, Grypma helped Langley Christian to a provincial medal in each of his last
three years, including, most recently, a gold medal at the 2012 2A championship – the school’s first ever – where he was named a second team all-star. Prior to this past season, Grypma’s high school side earned a provincial bronze medal in 2011 and a silver medal in 2010.
With FVVC, Grypma’s 16U and 18U teams both won provincial gold medals before finishing fifth at nationals while his 17U side managed a third place finish at nationals.
“Mike has been developed in our own club program, FVVC, where I had the pleasure of coaching him personally last season,” Josephson said. “He has great technical skills and has a commitment to improving those skills, as evidenced by his involvement in the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence, which is coached by Spartans assistant coach Ryan Adams. With Mike’s great development background and his commitment to making himself better every day, we expect to see great development in our gym over the next five years as a controlling left side player and libero.”
Grypma commented upon signing with TWU: “There was no doubt in my mind that I would attend TWU after graduating. I having being planning to do so since I was in Grade 7. Trinity Western has incredible academics and the atmosphere on campus is awesome. But being able to play volleyball there is a dream come true and still cannot believe that this is happening. I am looking forward to the opportunity to attend TWU, both for academics, and to be a part of one of the best teams in the nation.”
Grypma plans to study business and human kinetics at TWU.