Spartans playing for Canada

Trinity Western University women's volleyball will wear Maple Leaf in Peru Sept. 2 to 9

The Trinity Western women’s volleyball team will be representing Canada this fall when the Spartans will play as the Canadian entry in the inaugural U23 Pan American Women’s Volleyball Cup to be contested in Lima, Peru Sept. 2-9.

With the Trinity Western men’s team already set to represent Canada in the U23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup, which runs Sept. 25-30 and will be hosted by the Langley Events Centre, it will be an all-Spartans contingent set to don the maple leaf on the international stage this fall.

“Our volleyball teams have been given an opportunity of a lifetime to represent Canada and Langley in international sport,” said Trinity Western athletic director Murray Hall.

“It’s an honour for both the teams, the athletic department the university.”

“I think it’s always an incredible opportunity when you can put your country’s name and colours on your back,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “But to be able to do that with our team at Trinity Western adds another dimension and element that I’m really excited about.

“This is huge for us because the level of competition we’re going to face will be very high and it will set the standard for how we’ll train and how we’ll prepare moving forward.”

The U23 Pan American Cup is a new competition created jointly by the NORCECA (North America, Central America and Caribbean) and the South American Volleyball Confederations, and will feature the top teams from these zones.

As Canada will not have a national team program with athletes in this age category together at this time of year, Volleyball Canada opted to ask a CIS program to host and participate in the event representing Canada.