2013-14 Canada West men’s volleyball preview

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October 23, 2013, Edmonton (ISN) – The 2013-14 Canada West volleyball season opens on Thursday. We take a look at the 12 men’s volleyball teams as the season is about to start.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS

  • 2012-13 conference record: 20-2 (1st)
  • 2013 CW playoffs: 1-1 (3rd)
  • 2013 CIS tournament: 2-1 (5th)
  • Last CW title: 2010
  • Last CIS title: 2009
  • CIS ranking: #1
  • CW ranking: #1
  • Key additions: Mark Van Drunen (libero), Christopher Morrow (M), Chris Dzioba (S)
  • Key returnees: Jay Olmstead (LS), Jarron Mueller (S), Brett Walsh (S), Matt McCreary (M), Ryley Barnes (LS), Tucker Leinweber (LS), John Goranson (M)
  • Key departures: Mitch Irvine (RS), Erik Mattson (libero), Tristan Aubry (M)

EDMONTON – One season removed from a 20-2 conference record, the University of Alberta Golden Bears volleyball program enters the 2013-14 season on a mission. The Bears, a program that last won a Canada West championship in 2010 and their last CIS banner in 2009, are the No.1 ranked team in CIS to start the 2013-14 season, and are considered the No.1 team in Canada West according to the conference coaching poll.

Head coach Terry Danyluk enters his 21st season with a roster featuring five returning starters, including and has a roster at his disposal that features 2012 Canada West all-star setter Jarron Mueller, 2011 CIS championship tournament all-star Jay Olmstead (LS), fifth-year middle Matt McCreary and third-year left-side Ryley Barnes who has twice played with Canada’s junior team. The team has five fifth-year players in McCreary, Mueller, Olmstead and Tucker Leinweber and Mark Van Drunen.

Alberta will have to overcome the graduations of 2013 CIS Player of the Year Mitch Irvine, as well as starting middle Tristan Aubry and 2013 CIS Libero of the Year Erik Mattson, who finished his career as one of the best liberos in Canada West history.

John Goranson, who played with Barnes this summer on Canada’s junior team, could take over Aubry’s starting middle position, while Van Drunen, who previously played at Grant MacEwan, is in the mix to take over the starting libero position, along with returning players Brendan Yao and Reed May.

Sophomore Ryan Nickifor should see some time in both the outside or left-side positions, while Kevin Proudfoot (RS) and Leinweber should be factors in Alberta’s offence as well. Sophomore setter Brett Walsh, who guided the Bears last season when Mueller was injured, gives Alberta arguably two of the best setters in Canada West.

The Golden Bears open the regular season on the October 25-26 weekend against the Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon.

http://www.bears.ualberta.ca/ 

BRANDON BOBCATS

  • 2012-13 conference record: 13-9 (6th)
  • 2013 CW playoffs: 4-0 (CW champions)
  • 2013 CIS tournament: 2-1 (bronze)
  • Last CW title: 2013
  • Last CIS title: N/A
  • CIS ranking: #4
  • CW ranking: #3
  • Key additions: Frank Jones, Sebastien Steigmeier, Joel Makara, Liam Matheson, Ty Moorman, Mack Mravnik
  • Key returnees: Dan Boutwell, Roy Ching, Jeremy Davies, Brendan White, Sam Tuivai, DJ McCharles, David Stasica
  • Key departures: Craig Lowe, Scott Neufeld, Garrett Popplestone

BRANDON, MB – Opening the season ranked one-spot higher in the CIS national rankings from last year, the #5 ranked 2013-14 Brandon Bobcats will be looking to roll last season’s success into this year. The Bobcats captured the team’s first ever Canada West league title, to go along with a CIS bronze medal, and although the ‘Cats lose a few key pieces that led to last season’s success, they return and add some formidable components.

The Bobcats lose two fifth-year starters in setter Garrett Popplestone and libero Scott Neufeld, but the return of 2012-13 second-team All-Canadian Sam Tuivai bolsters the ‘Cats attack. Tuivai led the country in kills most of last season, finishing with 339 (an awesome 4.35 per set, considering the strength of the Canada West conference).

The addition of Frank Jones and Sebastien Steigmeier will provide experience in their first seasons with Brandon. Both players are far from new to the game, as both red-shirted with Brandon last year. Jones transferred from the Southen Alberta Institute of Technology, and Steigmeier from Cal Baptist University. Jones played three years in the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC), while Steigmeier played one season with the Cal Baptist Lancers and two seasons of pro before transferring to BU. Steigmeier recently led Switzerland’s FISU games team where he was one of the top performers at the summer games in Kazan, Russia.

On the defensive side, fifth-year middle Dan Boutwell and fourth-year outside Brendan White will be expected to put up the brick wall and notch many blocks. Both finished in the 10 in the country last year in total blocks, and have already teamed up for many in the pre-season.

Although he only saw regular playing action once the playoffs rolled around, last year’s rookie sensation Jeremy Davies impressed in the post-season, then rolled that into an opportunity he’d worked towards for years. The Calgary product cracked Canada’s U21 national indoor roster this past summer as starting libero, where he continued to impress in international competition. Entering his sophomore season (his first as a starter) Davies is expected to shoulder a lot of the Bobcats passing.

The Bobcats will raise the Canada West league championship banner at the 2013-14 Canada West regular season home opener when they welcome the Regina Cougars.

http://www.gobobcats.ca/ 

UBC THUNDERBIRDS

  • 2012-13 conference record: 15-7 (4th)
  • 2013 playoffs: 2-2
  • 2013 CIS tournament:
  • Last CW title: 1984
  • Last CIS title: 1983
  • CIS ranking: #5
  • CW ranking: #4
  • Key additions: Will Dichuk, Mat Guidi, Irvan Brar, Joel Regehr
  • Key returnees: Jarrid Ireland, Milan Nikic, Alex Russell, Ian Perry, Chris Howe, Ben Chow
  • Key departure: David Zeyha

VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds are a team that’s trending up. Head coach Richard Schick has led a pattern of improvement over the last three seasons that his team is working to continue in 2013-14.

Since a 4-14 campaign in 2009-10, UBC has bettered its win total every year, finishing at 7-11 in 2010-11, 10-10 in 2011-12 and 15-7 last season, which earned UBC its first home playoff series since 2008. In that series at War Memorial Gym, they beat the Manitoba Bisons in two games before falling at the Canada West Final Four.

Just about everyone from last season’s team is back, led by a core group of third and fourth-year players. Libero Ian Perry was fourth in the Canada West in digs last season while middle Chris Howe was second in blocks. Right behind him in fourth place was Alex Russell, who is part of a talented collection of players entering their third year of eligibility at UBC. In addition to Russell, setter Milan Nikic and outside hitter Jarrid Ireland played for Canada’s Junior National Team for the second straight year. Another outside hitter, Ben Chow, saw success on the beach, winning gold at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que.

Mac McNicol, a middle who is entering his second year, also came home from Sherbrooke with gold after leading Team Alberta to the indoor volleyball championship. He gives UBC great depth as do outside hitters Noah Derksen and Gabriel Aaron.

The team’s two fifth-year seniors are middle Parker Jobin, who’s a student in the Doctor of Medicine program, and setter Austin Hinchey, captain of Canada’s national Sitting Volleyball Team.

Schick’s latest group of recruits, all from B.C., have shown well in the pre-season. The four players, Will Dichuk, Mat Guidi, Irvan Brar, Joel Regehr, played for Team B.C. at the National Team Challenge Cup over the summer as well.

UBC comes into the regular season having won two tournaments and eight of 10 matches against university competition.

http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/ 

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT

  • 2012-13 conference record: 2-20 (12th, missed playoffs)
  • Last CW title: N/A
  • Last CIS title: N/A
  • CIS ranking: N/A
  • CW ranking: #11
  • Key additions: Lars Bornemann, Kris McCrea, Kyle Pankratz, Chris Wilson
  • Key returnees: Nate Speijer, Jeremy Fostvelt, Leo Schober, Joshua Harvey, Kristof Schlagintweit, Alex Swialtowski
  • Key departures: Greg Niemantsverdriet, Riley McFarland, Brett Uniat, Jon Russo

KELOWNA, BC – Two years in the Canada West conference have provided two very different results for the Heat, who head into the 2013-2014 season looking to return to the form that saw them gain a playoff berth in their inaugural CIS season.

The Heat are looking at this season as a fresh start. Heat head coach Greg Poitras has overhauled his roster and has brought in a very impressive recruiting class for this season in hopes of a return to the playoffs.

Heading the Heat recruiting class is Lars Bornemann, the stocky 6-3, 205-pound outside-hitter from Victoria, BC. A standout at Oak Bay Secondary for several years, including back-to-back B.C Provincial Championship MVP awards in 2011 and 2012, Bornemann was arguably the top recruit in his class this offseason in BC; he has looked impressive and shown strength from the outside-hitter position this preseason.

Rounding out the recruiting class for the Heat are Kris McCrea and Chris Wilson.

While the Heat welcome a recruiting class wrought with rookie talent, they will also welcome the return of outside-hitter Nate Speijer, who enters his final year of eligibility after red-shirting 2012-13. The Heat certainly missed his 3.98 kills per set and 255 total kills (both good for 5th overall in the CIS in 2011-2012) last season, and will welcome back his production with open arms.

Coordinating the attack for the Heat will be sophomore Kristof Schlagintweit, who enters his second season as the setter for UBC Okanagan.

Other notable returning players for the Heat include libero Jeremy Fostvelt, outside hitter Alex Swiatlowski, and middles Joshua Harvey and Leo Schober. These four plus right-side Briercrest transfer Kyle Pankratz will all be presented with plenty of floor time and if any excel at the task they may drive the Heat back to the post-season.

http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/athletics/welcome.html 

CALGARY DINOS

  • 2012-13 conference record: 8-14 (8th, missed playoffs)
  • Last CW title: 2011
  • Last CIS title: 2010
  • CIS ranking: N/A
  • CW ranking: #9
  • Key additions: OH Keith West, OH Andrew Visser, OH Darcee Froese
  • Key returnees: OH Connor Frehlich, S Jackson Maris, OH Greg Mann, OH Sean Martin
  • Key departures: none

CALGARY – The 2014 CIS men’s volleyball championship will take place in Calgary this upcoming February, and the University of Calgary Dinos will be prepared for it.

The Dinos come off a tough season, winning just eight games and losing 14. Their record did not qualify them for playoffs and they will be hungry to see the post season once again this year.

Despite their season last year, the Dinos did not graduate one player, meaning the team has been together for at least two years now. That being said, the return of some key players will hopefully provide the chemistry the Dinos need to be successful in 2013-14.

Outside hitters Connor Frehlich and Sean Martin, as well as setter Jackson Maris were all part of Team Alberta that ended up winning a gold medal at the Canada Games in August. Frehlich suffered an injury last season and will be expected to make an impact in his return to the Dinos lineup. He added 131 kills in just the first half of the season for Calgary.

On top of that, the Dinos return regular starter from last season, Greg Mann. The 6’7” Science major hails from Brisbane, Australia and he spent the summer back home training with the Australian National Team. Mann accumulated a team-high 213 kills last season and will be a key part of the Dinos lineup this season.

In the middle, Jovan Jankovic returns as well as Ivan Kartev, Sean Tuff and Anton Louden. All players saw court time last season and it will be a battle to get into that starting lineup consistently. Last season, Jankovic led the Dinos in blocks with 63 and Kartev followed close behind with 53 of his own.

On the recruiting from, Durrant brought in Keith West, Andrew Visser, who is a transfer from Mount Royal, and Darcee Froese who comes from SAIT.

Calgary begins their regular season with a home-and-home series with crosstown rivals, the Mount Royal Cougars, Oct. 25-26. On the Friday they will play the Cougars at 7:30 p.m. at Kenyon Court, before their home opener the following night at 6:30 p.m at Jack Simpson Gymnasium.

http://www.godinos.com/ 

MANITOBA BISONS

  • 2012-13 conference record: 14-8 (4th)
  • 2013 playoffs: 0-2
  • Last CW title: 2003
  • Last CIS title: 2003
  • CIS ranking: N/A
  • CW ranking: #10
  • Key additions: Adam DeJonckeere, Josh Goosen, Trevor Klassen
  • Key returnees: Kenny Rooney, Luke Herr, Alex Strachan, Devren Dear, Kevin Falconer
  • Key departures: Dane Pischke, Chris Voth, Chris Komishon, Joseph Brooks, Derek Nieroda, Evan Jackson

WINNIPEG – This is literally a different Manitoba Bisons men’s volleyball program for the 2013-14 season. Garth Pischke, head coach for 32 years at Manitoba, has taken a leave of absence this season and first year CIS coach Cam Johnson takes over the reins while five of the six starters have graduated from last season.

But before you throw the clichéd ‘rebuild’ moniker on this year’s edition, the team would like to throw that word out this year. In addition, the team is very young but do not want to use or talk about that aspect going forward. They want to forge their own identity and build on the team concept emphasized from the start of this pre-season. One of the realistic goal and intent for the Bisons is to compete for a conference playoff spot this season.

This pre-season has shown that the Bisons will be a tough team to play as they battled hard against top teams in the East and captured the 2013 Queen’s Invitational tournament prior to the start of conference play and already are 4-0 in five set matches so far this season.

On the 17 person Bison lineup, there is only one fifth year eligible player and the rest of the team is either rookies or sophomores. The key player returning to the Bisons is 2012-13 Canada West Rookie of the Year Kenny Rooney. Rooney is a strength at the middle position and will be flanked by outside hitters second year Devren Dear, rookies Adam DeJonckeere and Josh Goosen plus setters second year Luke Herr and fifth year eligible Trevor Klassen with second year libero Alex Strachan.

http://www.gobisons.ca/ 

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS

  • 2012-13 conference record: 8-14 (9th, missed playoffs)
  • Last CW title: N/A
  • Last CIS title: N/A
  • CIS ranking: #10
  • CW ranking: #6
  • Key additions: Jordan Or, Devon Van Nistelrooy, Mike Wickstrom, Riley Friesen
  • Key returnees: Colton de Man, Jordan Lantz, Trevor Langvand, Jordan Parkin, Grigor Kartev, Tommy Lyon, Josh Kirkham
  • Key departures: Dan Durham, Lucas Stepanko, Colton Smethurst

CALGARY – This year’s edition of the Cougars team will have some lofty expectations placed on their shoulders. When the CIS pre-season rankings came out last week the Cougars were placed in a tie for the tenth spot in the country. Mount Royal finished in eighth place last season in Canada West, so the ranking may come as a surprise for some, but new recruits and the constantly improving veterans have the Cougars coming into this season with confidence.

While the core of the team’s top players will stay intact some holes on the team were filled in the off-season as Mount Royal added a number of key pieces. The Cougars move to the CIS enticed a few former college opponents to join the team. Devon Van Nistelrooy (SAIT), Mike Wickstrom (NAIT) and Jordan Or (Douglas College) all made the jump to the next level with MRU. They will also welcome Riley Friesen, a highly-touted first year outside hitter, from the Calgary area.

Returning this season for the Cougars is last year’s team MVP Colton de Man. Colton was the Cougars only All-Star last season as his 4.62 points per game (2nd in Canada West) earned him second team honours. Flanking de Man will be fellow fifth year veterans Jordan Lantz and Trevor Langvand. Also returning will be 7-foot-1 inch middle Grigor Kartev who has made serious strides this past summer on learning how to utilize his enormous wingspan.

http://mrucougars.com/index.aspx 

REGINA COUGARS

  • 2012-13 conference record: 2-20 (11th, missed playoffs)
  • Last CW title: N/A
  • Last CIS title: N/A
  • CIS ranking: N/A
  • CW ranking: #12
  • Key addition: Alex Cassels
  • Key returnees: Jacques Borgeaud, Caleb Eschbach, Andrew Nelson, Rhodri Simmonds
  • Key departures: none

REGINA – It’s a rare situation for the Regina men’s volleyball team this season as the Cougars return every player from last year’s roster with the exception of a backup setter.

Leading the group of returning players is outside hitter Andrew Nelson, who piled up 249 kills and finished fifth in Canada West with an average of 3.77 kills per set last year while having the most attacks in a single season in school history. Nelson is expected to again be the primary option on the outside, the though both Andre Borgeaud and Matthew Lueck showed flashes of brilliance last season and will also be featured in the U of R’s offence.

Setter Caleb Eschbach is one of five fifth-year players on the roster and while he’ll control the Cougar offence for much of the time, seventh-year head coach Greg Barthel has been impressed with first-year player Alex Cassels (East St. Paul, Man. / Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive) and expects the rookie to see significant floor time in his first year on campus.

Rhodri Simmonds is back after ranking among the conference’s leaders in blocks last season, and he’ll be joined at middle by both Marco Vargas and Steve Carston. Vargas started 20 of the team’s 22 matches last year and had 57 blocks, while Carston also started over a third of the team’s conference schedule. And back at libero is third-year player Jacques Borgeaud, who missed a large portion of last season due to injury but still collected 107 digs while averaging a team-leading 2.49 digs per set.

The Cougars kick off the Canada West schedule this weekend with two matches at Brandon.

http://www.reginacougars.com/ 

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES

  • 2012-13 conference record: 15-7 (3rd)
  • 2013 playoffs: 0-2
  • Last CW title: 2004
  • Last CIS title: 2004
  • CIS ranking: #7
  • CW ranking: #5
  • Key additions: Emory Wells, Zak Rempel
  • Key returnees: Paul Thompson, Braden McLean, Bryan Fraser
  • Key departures: Jeff Grant, Chris Gilbert, Joel Dyck

SASKATOON – After experiencing a taste of postseason life, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s volleyball team looks to continue being a dominant force in the tough Canada West conference.

The Huskies finished 15-7 in 2012-13 to sit third in the standings after winning 12 of their last 14 matches. Earning the right to host a playoff series for the first time since 2004-05, the Huskies were swept by the visiting Brandon Bobcats in the quarter-final matchup.

“Our program made great strides over the past few years and we hope to build on that success,” said Huskie head coach Brian Gavlas, who enters his 21st season at the helm. “We are in an extremely difficult conference competing against the best teams in the country every weekend. We feel with our experience, it will enable us to be one of the teams representing our conference at Nationals at the end of the year.”

Saskatchewan returns an experienced duo of fifth-years and a talented fourth-year on the front line in 2013-14. Canada West Second Team All-Star Bryan Fraser led the team with 311 kills a season ago and looks to continue to be a threat on the outside. In the middle, Braden McLean returns to the squad after another summer with the Canadian Senior B Team. McLean, who recorded 83 blocks last season, was part of the FISU team that placed fifth at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. On the other side, Paul Thomson tallied 256 kills, 27 kills and 122 digs.

The Huskies added five recruits in a considerably strong recruiting class. Looking to fill the void left by the graduation of setter and CIS Second Team All-Canadian Chris Gilbert, the Huskies added two setters in this year’s class. Joining the Huskies in 2013-14 is former Winnipeg Wesmen setter Emory Wells. Wells suited up for the Wesmen from 2007-10. Saskatoon native Zak Rempel returns home after playing for the Medicine Hat Rattlers for two seasons where he was named and Second Team ACAC All-Star.

The Huskies open their season on October 26-27 at home against the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

http://huskies.usask.ca/ 

THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK

  • 2012-13 conference record: 8-14 (10th, missed playoffs)
  • Last CW title: N/A
  • Last CIS title: N/A
  • CIS ranking: N/A
  • CW ranking: #8
  • Key additions: Randy Grundmann, Jordan Foot, Tyler Pomietlarz
  • Key returnees: Brad Gunter, Colin Carson, Jacob Tricarico, Phil Ozari
  • Key departure: Mohamed Reheim

KAMLOOPS, BC – After missing the playoffs the past two seasons, Pat Hennelly and the WolfPack are ready to return to the Canada West final four. The WolfPack have a core group of veterans who have been together for the past few years.

Setter Colin Carson (5th year) is arguably one of the best at his position in the CIS. Other players playing out their university eligibility this year are middle Jacob Tricarico and Spencer Reed (libero).

Brad Gunter (3rd year, outside hitter) was a starter on Canada’s Junior national men’s team which finished 12 th at the World Championships this year. He, along with Phil Ozari (2nd year, outside hitter), who played for his country at the World Senior championships will lead the WolfPack offensively.

Casey Knight (outside hitter and Stuart Richey (outside hitter) are poised to enter their fourth year with hopes to start. Nic Balazs (3rd year, middle) made some noise in the latter part of last season and should be a key contributor coming off the bench.

The preseason has seen Matt Krueger (4th year) and Blake Majcher (4th year) battling it out for the starting libero spot. Whlle Graham Stoliker (3rd year, setter) will get more court time as he gears up to take over from Carson as starting libero beginning in 2014-15.

Hennelly has always been a key recruiter: this year—he has secured one of the top left sides in the country in Randy Grundmann and middle Jordan Foot. Both were among the top players at this year’s U-18 nationals.

The International makeup of the WolfPack includes American Hardy Wooldridge (4th year, outside hitter) and Daniel Rod (2nd year, middle).

http://www.tru.ca/athletics.html 

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS

  • 2012-13 conference record: 16-6 (2nd)
  • 2013 CW playoffs: 3-1 (silver)
  • 2013 CIS tournament: 1-2 (6th)
  • Last CW title: 2012
  • Last CIS title: 2012
  • CIS ranking: #3
  • CW ranking: #2
  • Key additions: S Adam Schriemer, OH Blake Scheerhorn
  • Key returnees: OH Nick Del Bianco, OH Brad Kufske, M Lucas Van Berkel
  • Key departures: M Dan Jansen Van Doorn, OH Steven Marshall, L/S Jarrod Offereins

LANGLEY, BC – Ranked No. 2 in both the CIS opening rankings and the Canada West coaches’ poll, it’s clear expectations are once again sky high for the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team.

Last year, on the heels of back-to-back national championships, an up and down season saw the Spartans win a Canada West silver medal before ultimately finishing sixth at the CIS championship. With a bit of a new-look lineup this year, the Spartans will return to the court hoping to bounce back from last season’s disappointing finish. And there’s no doubt, the team has the tools to do just that.

With Dan Jansen Van Doorn off playing professionally in France, Steven Marshall at Canada’s national training centre and Jarrod Offereins moving on to non-playing aspirations, the Spartans will be led largely by the duo of Nick Del Bianco on the outside and Lucas Van Berkel in the middle. Last year, Del Bianco led TWU with 3.65 kills per set (6th in Canada West) and led the conference in aces with 0.41 per set. Meanwhile, Van Berkel, arguably the best middle in Canada, had 1.26 blocks per set (6th in CW) and 0.32 aces per set (2nd in CW). Expect more of the same.

Joining Del Bianco on the left side will once again be Brad Kufske, who started 25 of the 28 games he played in last year and averaged 2.83 kills per set.

Battling for playing time on the right side will be fourth-year Derek Thiessen and second-year Ryan Sclater.

After playing on the outside most recently, expect Branden Schmidt (Winton, Alta.) to move to the middle – the position which he was originally recruited for – and join Van Berkel to create an impressive blocking tandem.

The setting role might be the position that provides the most intrigue as the season begins. After the Spartans were forced into a revolving door of setters last season, this year, highly-touted first-year Adam Schriemer and second-year Scott Plocktis will battle for the starting role.

At the libero position, third-year Tyler Koslowsky is back and, after playing in 17 matches last year, will be the Spartans undisputed starter this year.

http://www.twu.ca/athletics/ 

WINNIPEG WESMEN

  • 2012-13 conference record: 11-11 (7th)
  • 2013 playoffs: 0-2
  • Last CW title: N/A
  • Last CIS title: 2007
  • CIS ranking: N/A
  • CW ranking: #7
  • Key additions: Matthew Dueck, Michael Baydock, Nicholas Jacobson, Nolan Parrington, Logan Brennan, David Bommersbach
  • Key returnees: Matthew Stubler, Casey Schouten, Josh McKay, Riley Delavau, Tom Douglas-Powell
  • Key departures: Brendan Black, Ty Loewen

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Wesmen feature a variety of up and coming newcomers along with a core group of seasoned veterans.

Head coach Larry McKay entering his 25th season on the bench will have eight players returning from last years team.

Leading the way is fifth-year outside Matthew Stubler along with fourth year outside hitter Tom Douglas-Powell. Nicholas McCaughan returns for his fourth season and is capable of playing a variety of positions. Third yearJosh McKay returns and will be looked upon to be the quarterback for the Wesmen in the setter position. McKay is also capable of slipping outside to become an offensive threat. Riley Delavau lends experience to the libero position in this his third season. Middle Dustin Ross is back for season number three looking to make an impact this year. Second year outside Casey Schouten returns after a succesfull rookie campaign. Schouten finished second on the team in kills was named to the CIS All-Rookie Team last February.

Some new additions will look provide some added depth for the Wesmen. Matthew Dueck after some time off returns to the team and should make an impact in the middle blocker position. A pair of first year players Nicholas Jacobson and Logan Brennan both from Alberta along with Manitoba products Michael Baydock, Nolan Parrington and David Bommersbach round out the roster.

http://www.wesmen.ca/ 

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David Bandla, Communications

Canada West Universities Athletic Association

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