May 27, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – Trinity Western women’s volleyball middle Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) and setter Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.) will both be representing the Maple Leaf this summer as they were named to Canada’s roster for the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.
For Perrin, this will be her second chance to compete with Canada at the FISU Games as she was also on the Canadian side that finished 11th in 2011 in Shenzhen, China. This will be French’s first opportunity to compete in the FISU Games.
Both Perrin and French already have extensive international backgrounds, having competed with Canada on numerous occasions over the past several years. Last year, French competed with Canada at both the NORCECA Olympic qualification tournament and the Pan American Cup while Perrin joined her for the Pan American Cup.
Last fall, the duo also wore red and white at the U-23 Pan American Cup with the Spartans, as TWU had the opportunity to represent Canada in Peru.
Most recently, French and Perrin were instrumental parts in helping the Spartans to a CIS bronze medal and Canada West silver medal this past season.
Trinity Western now has as many as 11 current or former athletes who could be in Russia this summer for the FISU Games, including five players on the men’s volleyball team and four on the women’s soccer team.
The 18-man men’s volleyball roster – one that will be paired down to 12 players for the tournament – includes current Spartan middle Lucas Van Berkel (Edmonton) along with recent alumni Steven Marshall (Abbotsford, B.C., graduated 2013), Dan Jansen Van Doorn (Langley, 2013), Rudy Verhoeff (Calgary, 2012) and Marc Howatson (Victoria, 2012).
The women’s soccer roster includes recent alumni Kristen Funk (Calgary, 2013) and Jilian Dietrich (Calgary, 2013) as well as current Spartans Colleen Webber (Calgary) and Natalie Boyd (Surrey, B.C.).
The women’s volleyball roster roster for the Summer Universiade is comprised of eight standouts from CIS, three from the NCAA and one from the CCAA.
Along with Perrin and French, the Canadian lineup includes outside hitters from UBC Shanice Marcelle of Victoria, Lisa Barclay of Brandon, Man., and Kyla Richey of Roberts Creek, B.C., Dana Cranston from Colorado State, Tabi Love from UCLA and Marie-Sophie Nadeau from Montreal, middles Lucy Charuk from Houston and Kelly Nyhof from Humber College, setter Megan Cyr from North Carolina State, and libero Tesca Andrew-Wasylik from the University of Winnipeg.
Canada has four returning athletes from 2011, including Perrin, Marcelle, Barclay and Nadeau, while Richey wore the Maple Leaf at the 2009 tournament in Belgrade, Serbia.
Arnd Ludwig, head coach of the Canadian senior national team since January of 2009, will be at the helm of the student contingent in Kazan.
The personnel also includes assistant coach Olivier Trudel from the University of Montreal, team leader Gina Schmidt from Simon Fraser, as well as therapist Ashley Beausoleil and statistician Adam Schulz.
Canada is looking to advance to the quarter-final round for the first time since 2001 (8th place). In 18 previous appearances at the Universiade tournament, Canada’s best result is a pair of fourth positions in 1997 in Sicily and 1983 in Edmonton.
Summer Universiade website: www.kazan2013.com/en
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/summer/2013
In Russia, the Canadians will compete in the preliminary round in Pool B against Norway (July 8), Algeria (July 9) and the reigning champions from Brazil (July 10). The gold-medal final of the 16-team competition is scheduled for July 15.
Norway finished in last place in 2011, while Algeria did not qualify for the event.