Sept 22,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s volleyball team solidified its middle blocking for years to come as coach Ben Josephson officially announced the signing of Pearce Eshenko (Banff, Alberta), who the Spartans coach says is “the top middle prospect in Canada.”
The 6-foot-8 middle, who will graduate from Banff Community High School in 2015, is a huge boon to the Spartans program and will no doubt follow in a long line of impressive TWU middles.
“We are ecstatic to receive the commitment from Pearce to join our team,” Josephson said. “Based on our evaluation, I believe Pearce to be the top middle prospect in Canada. With that, combined with our greatest recruiting need for the fall of 2015 being the middle position, this couldn’t be a better fit.
“Pearce has shot onto the volleyball scene over the past season or two. As a relative ‘late bloomer,’ he has developed by leaps and bounds, which resemble his game. He is a very tall and explosive middle player. His foot speed and jumping ability will make him a dominant blocking force in Canada West.”
Eshenko already has a winning pedigree as he is coming off a club season with his Calgary Canuck Dino U18 side in which he helped his team win the Best of the West tournament, the Alberta provincial championship and the Canadian national championship.
While playing with Alberta’s 17U team, Eshenko also captured the gold medal at the 2014 Western Elite Championship while being named to the tournament all-star team.
“On top of TWU having one of the best volleyball programs in the country, the school’s fundamentals are based on the Christian faith, which is something I value and wish to grow in,” Eshenko said. “The school offers everything that I would value for my post-secondary experience, making it a perfect fit for me.”
Eshenko has been an honours student throughout his high school career and plans to study human kinetics at TWU.
“Beyond his tangible qualities, he is an accomplished student and a tireless worker,” Josephson said. “His dedication to be the best at all he does is the quality I admire most in him. He is a perfectionist by nature and that attribute will serve him well as he pursues his degree in human kinetics, his volleyball career and his faith in Jesus. With the addition of Pearce, our team has improved tremendously, on the court, in the classroom and in our team’s pursuit of a deeper relationship with Christ.”