LANGLEY, British Columbia – The three-time reigning Canada West champion Trinity Western men’s volleyball team is set to represent Canada at the inaugural FISU America Games in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The team will be in Brazil from July 19-30.
The Spartans will open the tournament in a pool alongside Argentina and Colombia. The tournament will also include teams from the United States, Mexico and Brazil.
“The more different experiences a team can experience together, the stronger we’ll be and that definitely translates onto the court,” said libero Carter Bergen, who is entering his fifth year at TWU. “We’re going to be in Brazil and on a crazy trip and that will make us better.”
As the previous year’s U SPORTS champions (2017), the Spartans were selected to represent Canada in this year’s FISU America Games.
“This is my first time to get to represent my country and I’m overjoyed,” Bergen added. “It’s been a dream of mine to wear the Maple Leaf and I’m ecstatic. It’s such an honour. I think we’re all looking forward to wearing the jersey and when that anthem comes on, it’ll be a pretty special moment.”
The TWU roster that will represent Canada will include incoming star recruit Brodie Hofer (Langley) as well former Spartan Mike Grypma (Langley). Jordan Schnitzer (Langley), who plays for Briercrest College and was the 2017-18 ACAC Men’s Volleyball Rookie of the Year, will also be part of the Spartans contingent in Brazil. Derek Epp (Saskatoon), who transferred from the University of Saskatchewan prior to last season will see his first game action with the Spartans after redshirting the 2017-18 season, while superstar middle Aaron Boettcher (Surrey, B.C.) is also expected to return to action after he missed all of last year with a shoulder injury.
Adam Schriemer, who recently signed a contract with SVG Luneburg in Germany, will play with the Spartans one last time before embarking on his professional career.
Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.), Pearson Eshenko (Banff, Alta.) and Jackson Howe (Calgary) will miss the tournament as they are all currently with Volleyball Canada.
The FISU America Games is a Pan American branch of the FISU World University Games.
This will be 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.
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.