SAO PAULO, Brazil – Trinity Western’s men’s volleyball team donned the Maple Leaf for the first time in the FISU America Games and did Canada proud, earning a 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-17) win over Colombia Sunday at the Brazilian Paralympic Center.
“It’s nice to get the first one out of the way,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “It’s always weird playing on the road in a weird venue and just all the travel, but I thought the guys played with great heart and represented Canada really well. It’s a good start and we’re excited to continue to get acclimatized and get ready to go for Argentina, who we hear is fantastic.”
The Spartans, who are representing Canada in the inaugural FISU America Games, will wrap up pool play against Argentina Tuesday before a likely semifinal contest Wednesday. The gold and bronze medal matches are Thursday.
The FISU America Games is a Pan American branch of the FISU World University Games.
This is the third time TWU has donned the Maple Leaf on an international stage. In 2012, the Spartans represented Canada at the U23 Pan American Cup, finishing fourth. In 2011, the team participated in the FIVB Club World Championship as Canada’s representative, finishing with one win from three matches, including a victory over Iranian professional side Paykan Tehran.
FISU America Games Schedule – Canada
July 24th – vs. Argentina - 1 p.m. (PT)
July 25th – Semifinal Matches
July 26th – Gold and Bronze Medal Matches
CANADA ROSTER FOR FISU AMERICA GAMES
Carter Bergen (Winnipeg)
Jesse Elser (Calgary)
Brodie Hofer (Langley, B.C.)
Ben Lieuwen (Abbotsford, B.C.)
Kaden Gamache (Abbotsford, B.C.)
Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg)
Jordan Schnitzer (Langley, B.C.)
Colton Loewen (Abbotsford, B.C.)
Aaron Boettcher (Surrey, B.C.)
Jacob Kern (Edmonton)
Jordie Koslowsky (Abbotsford, B.C.)
Derek Epp (Saskatoon)
Mike Grypma (Langley, B.C.)
About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.