SCLATER FIRST TEAM ALL-STAR, SCHRIEMER SECOND TEAM, LOEPPKY ALL-ROOKIE

SCLATER FIRST TEAM ALL-STAR, SCHRIEMER SECOND TEAM, LOEPPKY ALL-ROOKIE

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western fifth-year outside Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) was named a Canada West First Team All-Star, while fourth-year setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) was named a Second Team All-Star and Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) made the conference’s All-Rookie Team.

Sclater was as statistically dominant on the outside as any Spartan in program history this year. He finished the season second in the conference in both kills per set, at 4.29 and points per set, at 5.0. Sclater’s 427.5 total points marked the fifth best single-season effort in the conference’s history. He finishes his career as a three-time Canada West all-star, having been named a second team all-star in each of the previous two seasons.

Schriemer earned his first Canada West all-star nod after finishing second in Canada West with 10.28 assists per set. The veteran setter guided TWU to a conference-best .307 hitting percentage and an average of 12.58 kills per set, which was the second most in Canada West. While this is his first conference all-star honour, Schriemer was named the Canada West and U SPORTS rookie of the year in 2013-14.

Loeppky led Canada West with 0.55 aces per set, which was the seventh best single-season performance in conference history. Offensively, he averaged 3.03 kills per set while generating a .285 hitting percentage. He also averaged 3.9 points per set, which put him ninth in Canada West and second only to Sclater on TWU.

All but one of the conference all-stars are fourth, or fifth-year student-athletes, as UBC setter Byron Keturakis (third-year) was the lone all-star with multiple years of eligibility remaining.

Leading the all-star charge were the Alberta Golden Bears, who had a trio of players honoured. Outside hitter Brett Walsh earned first team recognition, while Taylor Arnett (middle), and Ryan Nickifor (outside hitter) were second teamers.

In terms of first team all-stars, Final Four host Manitoba was the lone team to land multiple players on Canada West’s top squad. Right side Devren Dear and setter Luke Herr made the team after playing starring roles for the Herd, who led Canada West with a 21-3 regular season record.

In addition to the all-star teams, Canada West also announced its all-rookie team Monday, which featured players from seven different teams.

The conference’s 13 head coaches selected the Canada West all-star and all-rookie teams, as well as the Canada West major awards, which will be unveiled Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. MT.

There will be no shortage of all-star power on display this weekend in Winnipeg, as the host Manitoba Bisons welcome the Trinity Western Spartans, Alberta Golden Bears, and UBC Thunderbirds to the Investors Group Athletic Centre for the Canada West Men’s Volleyball Final Four. Semifinal action is slated for Friday (6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.), while medal games go Saturday (6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.).

Every Canada West Final Four game can be seen live on CanadaWest.tv

All four teams at this weekend’s Final Four have secured their spot at the U SPORTS Men’s Volleyball Championship in Edmonton, which is set for March 17-19 at the University of Alberta.

2016-17 CW Men’s Volleyball First Team All-Stars
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown
Brett Walsh / S / Alberta / 5 / Calgary, Alta.
Roy Ching / OH / Brandon / 5 / Nelson, New Zealand
Irvan Brar / OH / UBC / 4 / Surrey, B.C.
Curtis Stockton / RS / Calgary / 5 / Melbourne, Australia
Devren Dear / RS / Manitoba / 5 / St. Andrews, Man.
Luke Herr / S / Manitoba / 5 / Winnipeg, Man.
Ryan Sclater / OH / Trinity Western / 5 / Port Coquitlam, B.C.

2016-17 CW Men’s Volleyball Second Team All-Stars
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown
Taylor Arnett / M / Alberta / 5 / Calgary, Alta.
Ryan Nickifor / OH / Alberta / 5 / Sherwood Park, Alta.
Byron Keturakis / S / UBC / 3 / Surrey, B.C.
Josh Kirkham / M / Mount Royal / 5 / Cambridge, Ont.
Tyler Epp / M / Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, Sask.
Adam Schriemer / S / Trinity Western / 4 / Winnipeg, Man.
David Bommersbach / OH / Winnipeg / 4 / Winnipeg, Man.

2016-17 CW Men’s Volleyball All-Rookies
Name / Position / University / Hometown
Taryq Sani / OH / Alberta / Toronto, Ont.
Elliott Viles / OH / Brandon / Adelaide, Australia
Jordan Deshane / M / UBC / Surrey, B.C.
Kyle Hinchey / OH / UBCO / Edmonton, Alta.
Matthew Aubrey / OH / Regina / Brisbane, Australia
Derek Epp / S / Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, Sask.
Eric Loeppky / OH / Trinity Western / Steinbach, Man.

About Canada West
Canada West is the premier athletic conference in the country and is home to champion student-athletes that excel on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. Canada West and its 17 member institutions commit to a student-athlete experience where competitive excellence, scholarship and sportsmanship contribute equally towards moulding outstanding graduates and community leaders.

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