SAN JUAN, Argentina – 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
About Volleyball Nations League
In both the men's and women's leagues, the 16 teams in each gender will compete first in round robin format. With a total of 260 matches played in the tournament, each team will play a minimum of 15 matches and each core nation will host at least one pool. There will be one combined standings table across all pools for each gender. In the men's and women's competition, the top five teams of the standings will join the hosts for the finals. #VNL