Heat men’s volleyball sends three to Team BC

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Cary Mellon
June 21, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – Three members of Greg Poitras’ Heat men’s volleyball squad have earned spots on the 21/20U Team BC Canada Summer Games Indoor squad.

Setter Kristof Schlagintweit (Abbotsford), middle Jim Bell (Surrey), and outside hitter Alex Swiatlowski (Victoria) will join the BC team this summer; all three will be sophomores this fall with the Heat.

The BC team comprised of the top 15 male athletes of 21U (athletes born in 1992 or later) age classes will train in Abbotsford at the Columbia Bible College and in Kelowna at the Kelowna Christian school in preparation for the Summer Games. The competition dates for men’s volleyball are August 1-9, 2013 in Sherbrooke, Québec.

“It’s quite an achievement for these three to make this team. Playing 21U, many of the athletes that will comprise their opponents will be going into their fourth year of CIS play,” says Heat coach Greg Poitras. “And training and competing against older players over the summer will be a great tool for their development.”

“Competing against such experienced players will enhance the special and rare experience the Canada Summer Games are for an athlete, and I’m glad three of the team have chosen to spend their summer on the team,” continues Poitras.

The team will train at Kelowna Christian and not the gymnasium on UBC’s Okanagan campus as the nearly 20 year old gym floor is being resurfaced. The new floor will reflect the Heat’s logos and school colors and incorporate the updated FIBA basketball lines.

19/18U TEAM BC

Two incoming Heat men’s volleyball players, Lars Bornemann and Chris Wilson, have been chosen to represent Team BC on the 19U team that will compete at the National Team Challenge Cup this July.

Lars, an outside hitter from Victoria was recently featured in the Province’s Head of the Class as one of the best and the brightest graduating student-athletes in BC. Chris Wilson, another top-ranked high schooler, is a middle blocker from Earl Marriot Secondary in Surrey.

The National Team Challenge Cup is an annual competition that in non-Canada Games years acts as the pinnacle of Team BC competition. Provincial teams from across Canada gather to compete. Volleyball Canada will continue their involvement with the Canadian National Team during the National Team Challenge Cup.

The team will be comprised of the top athletes 19U (born in 1994 or later) and will train July 1-15 in various locations in the Lower Mainland. The NTTC is set for July 12-21 in Gatineau, QC at the Centre sportif de Gatineau.

Josh Harvey from Cochrane, AB, who also just completed his freshman season for the Heat men’s volleyball team, will face the Heat recruits at the NTTC as he has been selected for 19U Team Alberta.

2013 TEAM BC Men’s Volleyball Canada Games Roster

Jesse Bazergui (OH, 6-5, White Rock, Thompson Rivers)

Jim Bell (M, 6-6, Surrey, UBC Okanagan)

Nick Bridle (M, 6-6, South Delta, Douglas)

Adam Chaplin (LS, 5-10, Mission, Fraser Valley)

Nick Del Bianco (OH, 6-4, Surrey, Trinity Western)

Leigh Goossen (M, 6-5, Kelowna)

Tyler Heppell (OH, 6-5, Langley, Trinity Western)

Tyler Koslowsky (L, 5-11, Abbotsford, Trinity Western)

Jordan Or (S, 6-4, Kelowna, Trinity Western)

Scott Plocktis (S, 6-4, Kelowna, Trinity Western)

Lachlan Polson (M, 6-7, Victoria, Camosun)

Kristof Schlagintweit (S, 6-2, Abbotsford, UBC Okanagan)

Branden Schmidt (M, 6-6, Winton, AB, Trinity Western)

Ryan Sclater (OH, 6-6, Port Coquitlam, Trinity Western)

Alex Swiatlowski (OH, 6-7, Victoria, UBC Okanagan)

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Ben Josephson

Assistant Coach: Brad Hudson

Team Manager: Abe Avender

2013 TEAM BC 19/18U National Team Challenge Cup

Caleb Konrad, Chris Wilson, Elijah Needham, George Thompson, Irvan Brar, Joel Regehr, Jordan Foot, Kashtin De Souza, Lars Bornemann, Liam Birker, Matt Guidi, Tyler Pomietlarz, Will Dichuk, Zach Or

Coaching Staff:

Drew Venables and Matt Lebourdais