Men’s volleyball signs monster middle

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October 9, 2013, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western men’s volleyball team shored up its middle position for years to come as Spartans coach Ben Josephson officially announced the signing of 6-foot-8 Aaron Boettcher (Surrey, B.C.) of Elgin Park Wednesday.

Boettcher, who will graduate high school in 2014, has twice played for Team BC’s U17 side and, this past summer helped the team to a gold medal at the Western Elite Championship, where he was named a tournament all-star.

With his club team, U18 Surrey Eagles, Boettcher was also successful this year as he helped his team win the 2013 provincial club championship.

“Aaron was the top kid on our list for this year and to receive his commitment so early in September saved me many sleepless nights,” Josephson said. “Aaron possesses all the physical tools to be an international middle. He is long, has great jumping ability and has explosive foot speed. Those tools combined with a great work ethic and love for the game set Aaron up well to have a great university career.

“Aside from all of Aaron’s volleyball acumen, he comes from a great family of faith and demonstrates great spiritual maturity at a young age. He is a very caring individual and is beloved by every teammate that has every played with him. He will be a strong culture carrier for our program moving forward. We couldn’t be happier to have Aaron joining us.”

Individually, with Elgin Park, Boettcher was named both a Fraser Valley and provincial all-star in 2012-13 and a Fraser Valley all-star in 2011-12, while he was playing on the senior team as a Grade 10 student. He was also named his high school’s athlete of the year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

“As a young volleyball player, I always wanted to play at TWU,” Boettcher said. “As I have gotten older I also realized that I didn’t just want to attend TWU because of the volleyball program but also because I wanted to attend a school where my Christian faith would be a part of my day to day life, my education and my sport. I am very excited to be coming next September.”

The Spartans men’s volleyball team has gone 7-1 in preseason action thus far this year and is back on the court Thursday with a game against UBC at Yale Secondary at 7 p.m. The Spartans will then travel to Calgary to compete in the Dino Cup Oct. 18-19.

The Spartans, who earned a Canada West silver medal last year before finishing sixth at the CIS national championship, open their 2013-14 season at home Oct. 25 against UBC. Game time is 8 p.m.