Bronze for B.C. at Canada Summer Games

Langley coach, players help province finish third at Games in Sherbrooke, Que.

A trio of Langley volleyball players — as well as their Langley coach —  helped Team B.C. to capture the bronze medal at the Canada Summer Games.

The Games are being held in Sherbrooke, Que. from Aug. 2 to 17.

The British Columbians defeated Team Ontario 3-1 on Friday (Aug. 9).

They won the first two sets 25-14 and 25-13.

Ontario stayed alive with a 25-19 win in the third set, but B.C. finished them off 25-23 for the bronze.

“This was a fantastic finish to a great tourney,” said coach Ben Josephson, who is also the head coach of the Trinity Western Spartans men’s volleyball team.

“The boys improved with every match throughout the event, which is all a coach can ask for.

“A couple more plays or bounces and our medal colour could have been different, but it’s like that in all great tournaments.”

Team B.C. had lost to Team Alberta the day before in the semifinals. The Albertans would win gold.

“It was a great  game this morning and our team is extremely pleased with the result,” said captain Nick Del Bianco, who is also from Langley and a member of the TWU team.

“We responded very well from our loss last night and put together our best performance of the tournament to win the bronze medal.

“It’s been a blessing playing with these guys and representing Team B.C.”

The B.C. roster also featured Langley’s Tyler Heppell and Branden Schmidt.