Aug 5,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western opposite Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville,
Ont.) and setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) helped Canada’s men’s junior national
team earn a silver medal at the U21 NORCECA (North and Central America and
Caribbean) Championship in San Salvador, El Salvador and, in doing so, earned the
Canadian side a spot in next year’s FIVB U21 World Championship.
Canada lost to Cuba in a hard-fought three-set gold medal match, falling 29-27,
25-21, 25-21, but with the top two teams in the tournament claiming berths in the
2015 championships, Canada’s silver medal was good enough to book a spot in next
The Canadians locked up a spot in both the NORCECA gold medal match and next year’s
world championship after upsetting the two-time defending NORCECA champion United
States in the semifinals with a comeback five-set, 23-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9,
Scheerhoorn finished the tournament with 31 points, including 24 kills, five blocks
and two aces. Schriemer started 12 of 16 sets for Canada and finished sixth in the
tournament with an average 3.00 running sets per set.
In the gold medal game, Scheerhoorn had a team-high 11 points, including eight
kills, two blocks and one ace. Schriemer started the first two sets for Canada and
finished with five running sets and 21 still sets.
For Canada, it is the fourth time in a row it has finished second at the biannual
U21 NORCECA championship. Canada lost to the Americans in the championship final in
both 2010 and 2012 and to Cuba in 2008.
Both Scheerhoorn and Schriemer will enter their second years with TWU this fall.
Last year, Schriemer was named both the Canada West and CIS Rookie of the Year.