May 9, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – Trinity Western men’s volleyball left side Nick Del Bianco (Surrey, B.C.) was named to Canada’s 2014 senior “B” team Friday, marking his first foray onto the national scene at the senior level.
Del Bianco, who will enter his fifth-year at TWU this fall, is coming off a 2013-14 campaign in which he averaged a team-high 4.19 points per set and was named both a Canada West First Team All-Star and a CIS Second Team All-Canadian. This was the second year in a row he earned both conference and national accolades, as he was also a Canada West First Team All-Star and CIS First Team All-Canadian in 2012-13.
After carving out an impressive beach volleyball career in his earlier days, which included a pair of national championships and both youth and junior world championship appearances, Del Bianco has recently focused more on the indoor game, starting last summer. Playing with Team BC, he earned a bronze medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
Canada’s senior “A” and “B” groups will train together in Gatineau, with the “B” team heading to Mexico for the Pan-Am Cup from Aug. 9 to 17.
The next stop for senior “A” team is the World Championship Qualifier and then World League.
Team Canada head coach Glen Hoag and “B” team coach Georges Laplante will be adding players from the senior “A” team to the Pan Am Cup roster as the season progresses.
Former Spartan Steven Marshall (Abbotsford, B.C.), who was named to Canada’s World League roster earlier this week, was also named to the national “B” team.
B team roster (as of May 2014) with club hometown:
- Brad Gunter : Thompson Rivers University, Courtenay, BC
- Nicholas Del Bianco : Trinity Western University, Surrey, BC
- Chris Voth, FTC Canada, Winnipeg, BC
- Casey Schouten, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
- Felipe Humana-Paredes, FTC Canada, Toronto, ON
- Dane Picshke, FTC Canada, Winnipeg, MB
- Steven Marshall, FTC Canada, Abbotsford, BC
- Justin Boudreault, FTC Canada, St-Joseph de Beauce, QC
- Jérémie Lortie, FTC Canada, Ottawa, ON