LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western men’s volleyball alum will once again have a heavy influence on Canada’s senior men’s program this summer, as seven players have been named to either Canada’s Senior A or Senior B team for this year’s international campaign.
Representing the Senior A side this summer will be Dan Jansen Van Doorn (Langley), Steve Marshall (Abbotsford, B.C.), Lucas Van Berkel (Edmonton) and Rudy Verhoeff (Calgary), as they earned spots on Canada’s 18-player roster that will compete in the FIVB World League.
Meanwhile, Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.), Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and Tyler Koslowsky (Abbotsford, B.C.) will don the Red and White with the Senior B team.
The Spartans contingent on the World League roster all represented Canada in last year’s World League competition, while all but Van Berkel also made the Canadian squad that finished fifth overall at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
For Scheerhoorn, this is the second year in a row he has been named to the national B team, having competed in the Pan Am Cup last summer. Both Koslowsky, who was at the national training centre this past year, and Sclater, who capped his university career by being named the U SPORTS Player of the Year while helping TWU to its second straight national title, will be representing Canada at the senior level for the first time in their careers.
The FIVB World League, which will see Canada compete in Group 1, starts June 2 and concludes July 8.
The Pan Am Cup is July 25-30 in Gatineau, Que.
Canada plays Belgium, Serbia and the United States in the first weekend of its World League campaign in Serbia.
Including Canada’s men’s U21 side and its senior women’s team, the Spartans have 15 current or former players representing their country on the indoor court this summer.