TWU Spartans gain valuable experience at World Club championships

DOHA, Qatar – The Trinity Western University Spartans from Surrey, B.C., concluded round robin play Tuesday with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 loss to KS Jastrzebski Wegiel from Poland at the FIVB Club World Championships in men’s volleyball.

The Spartans finish at 1-2 for third spot in its pool and don’t advance to the playoff round. Only the top-two in each of the two pools move on to the semis. The Poles placed first and Russia’s Zenit Kazan second in Canada’s pool.

‘’’We little a disappointed,’’ said Canadian team captain Rudy Verhoeff of Calgary. ‘’We were too sloppy in the easy plays. We're very happy to have had this opportunity and it gave us a clear view on where we need to be and what we need to work on. Overall we have learned a lot and this competition has been a great experience.’’

Brad Kufske of Abbotsford, B.C., led Canada with 11 points from nine attacks and two blocks. Nick Del Bianco of Surrey had eight points. All 12 Spartan players on the roster played at least one set on Tuesday. 

‘’Today was a good chance for us to get our younger players to get on the court,’’ said Canada’s head coach Ben Josephson of Strathmore, Alta. ‘’The biggest lesson we've learnt is that that these teams and athletes have a purpose in everything they do on the court, with each serve, with each set, with each swing.’’

Josephson was pleased with the performance of his young squad against some of the top clubs and players on the professional side of the sport.

‘’This event gives us an idea on what we need to do to get better against the best teams in the world,’’ he said.  ‘’I think you'll see some of our guys play against some of these players again in the future.’’

The Canadian team roster for the FIVB Club World Championships in men’s volleyball. Team Canada is represented by the Trinity Western University Spartans from Surrey, B.C.

Team: Jarrod Offereins, Calgary; Marc Howatson, Victoria; Devyn Plett, Winnipeg; Ben Ball, Abbotsford, B.C.; Dan Jansen Van Doorn, Langley, B.C.; Steven Marshall, Abbotsford; Brad Kufske, Abbotsford; Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary; Lucas Van Berkel, Edmonton; Branden Schmidt, Winton, Alta.; Ben Ball, Abbotsford, B.C.; Derek Thiessen, Coquitlam, B.C.; Nicholas Del Bianco, Surrey, B.C.

Head coach: Ben Josephson, Strathmore, Alta.

Assistant coach: Joel Jansen

Team manager: John Blacher, Winnipeg.

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