Trinity Western’s men’s volleyball alums shone bright on the international stage this past weekend, with four Spartans helping Canada to a perfect three-win weekend in the FIVB’s Volleyball Nations League.
Recent graduate Ryan Sclater (’17 | Port Coquitlam, B.C.) played a particularly key role in Canada’s success, finishing the weekend with 40 points, including 31 kills, seven blocks and an ace in the Maple Volleys four-set wins over Italy, Argentina and Iran.
Against Iran, Sclater led Canada with 16 kills while adding two blocks.
Meanwhile, fellow alum Lucas Van Berkel (’14 | Edmonton) finished the weekend with 20 points, including 14 kills, four blocks and two aces from the middle. Dan Jansen VanDoorn (’13 | Langley, B.C.) saw action against Italy, tallying three kills and two blocks, while Steve Marshall (’13 | Abbotsford, B.C.) had one kill against Iran.
Canada, who is 4-2 through the first two weekends of the tournament, now heads home as it hosts VNL next week, with the United States, Germany and Australia visiting Ottawa.
Canada is amongst a group of five teams with four wins apiece. The United States, Poland and Brazil each have a table-topping five wins.
Canada’s roster this week:
1 – TJ Sanders, London, ON (setter)
3 – Steve Marshall, Abbotsford, BC (outside hitter)
4 – Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC (outside hitter)
5 – Lucas Van Berkel, Edmonton, AB (middle blocker)
7 – Stephen Maar, Aurora, ON (outside hitter)
9 – Jason DeRocco, Winnipeg, MB (outside hitter)
11 – Daniel Jansen VanDoorn, Langley, BC (middle blocker)
15 – Bryan Duquette, St. Thomas, ON (libero)
16 – Ryan Sclater, Port Coquitlam, BC (opposite)
17 – Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB (middle blocker)
18 – Bradley Gunter, Comox, BC (opposite)
19 – Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB (libero)
20 – Arthur Szwarc, Toronto, ON (middle blocker)
21 – Brett Walsh, Calgary, AB (setter)
Head coach: Stephane Antiga
Assistant coach: Dan Lewis
Therapist: Melissa Healy
Statistician: Lionel Bonnaure
Team Manager: Julien Boucher