July 24,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western men’s volleyball setter Adam Schriemer
(Winnipeg) and right side Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) will both don the
Maple Leaf this summer as they were named to Canada’s national junior team following
the 2014 National Team Challenge Cup in Gatineau, Que.
Scheerhoorn, who will be entering his second year with TWU this fall, earned his
spot on the team after helping guide Ontario U19 to an NTCC gold medal. Ontario U19
beat Alberta in three sets (25-20, 28-26, 25-23) to capture the tournament title.
Schriemer, who is coming off a season in which he was named both the Canada West and
CIS Rookie of the Year, saw his Manitoba side finish eighth overall.
The junior national team, comprised of athletes born in 1995 or later, will now
train together in Ottawa until July 25 before travelling to El Salvador for the 2014
NORCECA Junior Men’s Volleyball Championship, which runs from July 29 to Aug. 3.
“We are very excited about the new crop of athletes chosen this weekend,” said
Volleyball Canada High Performance Director, Julien Boucher. “Even though the
program for this summer will be short, we have confidence in this group and we are
entering the tournament with the goal of qualifying for next year’s U21 World
The top two teams from this tournament will earn a berth at the 2015 FIVB U21 World
Championship. At the last U21 qualifier event in Colorado Springs, US, Canada
finished second to the Americans to claim a spot at the 2013 U21 World Championship.
Canada has won a silver medal in each of the last three NORCECA junior
championships. The last time Canada won gold was in 2002.
Most recently, in 2012, the Canadian side featured Spartans libero Tyler Koslowsky
(Abbotsford, B.C.), who will be in his fourth year with TWU this fall. The last time
two Spartans made the national junior team for the NORCECA championship was in 2010,
when soon-to-be fifth-year TWU middle Branden Schmidt (De Winton, Alta.) and
recently graduated middle Lucas Van Berkel (Edmonton) both made the squad.
Besides Scheerhoorn and Schriemer, the Spartans also had a pair of incoming athletes
competing at the NTCC. Left side Riley Vander Meulen (Edmonton) helped Alberta to a
silver medal while Aaron Boettcher (Surrey, B.C.) and his B.C. side nabbed a bronze
2014 Canadian Junior Men’s Team
Jonathon Phillips (Saskatchewan), Libero
Adam DeJonckheere (Manitoba), Left Side
Ryan Colpitts (New Brunswick), Left Side
Brandon Koppers (Ontario), Left Side
Lucas Coleman (Ontario), Left Side
Andrew Richards (Ontario), Left Side
George Hobern (Alberta), Middle
Joel Regehr (British Columbia), Middle
Jeff Ardron (Ontario), Middle
James Jackson (Ontario), Middle
Ryan Nickifor (Alberta), Right Side
Blake Sheerhoorn (Ontario), Right Side
Adam Schriemer (Manitoba), Setter
Gabriel Chancy (Quebec), Setter
Head Coach – John Barrett (Toronto)
Assistant coaches – Mark Dodds (Saskatoon) – Brock Davidiuk (Edmonton)
Statistician – Vincenzo Mallia (Toronto)
Therapist – Jean-Sébastien Hartell (Gatineau)
Team Manager – Joanie Beauregard-Veillette (Ottawa)