LANGLEY, British Columbia – There will be a strong Trinity Western flavour at this year’s FIVB Men’s World Championship, as four Spartan alums made Canada’s 14-man roster, including Ryan Sclater (’17), Lucas Van Berkel (’14), Dan Jansen Van Doorn (’13) and Steven Marshall (’13).
The Spartans quartet makes up nearly 30 per cent of Canada’s roster that will compete in Italy and Bulgaria, starting Sept. 12 against the Netherlands. All four players were part of at least one U SPORTS championship-winning team.
Canada is in Pool B with Brazil, China, Egypt, France and the Netherlands.
The 19th edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships will take place in both Italy and Bulgaria from September 9 to 30, 2018.
The tournament will feature a total of 24 teams. There will be two teams from South America, four from Asia, 10 (including the hosts and defending champions Poland) from Europe, three from Africa and five from the North, Central America and Caribbean zone.
In the first round, the 24 teams will be spread across four pools of six teams playing in a round-robin system. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the second round featuring four pools of four teams playing in four cities.
#1 TJ Sanders, London, ON
#2 Gord Perrin, Creston, BC
#3 Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
#4 Nicholas Hoag, Sherbrooke, QC
#5 Lucas Van Berkel, Edmonton, AB
#7 Stephen Maar, Aurora, ON
#8 Jay Blankenau, Sherwood Park, AB
#9 Jason DeRocco, Winnipeg, MB
#10 Sharone Vernon-Evans, Scarborough, ON
#11 Daniel Jansen VanDoorn, Langley, BC
#16 Ryan Sclater, Port Coquitlam, BC
#17 Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB
#18 Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
#20 Arthur Szwarc, Toronto, ON
Head coach: Stephane Antiga
Assistant coach: Dan Lewis
Team manager: Julien Boucher
Therapists: Melissa Healy, Luc Campbell
Statistician: Lionel Bonnaure
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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.