The Delta Pacers will usher in the volleyball season next week by welcoming the defending U Sport national men’s champion to Ladner for an exhibition match.
The Trinity Western University Spartans will take on Douglas College next Wednesday (Sept. 18) at 7 p.m. The match is free of charge and the doors open at Delta Secondary at 6 p.m.
DSS teacher and senior boys coach Andrew Robson put the game together. Pacers boys and girls volleyball teams from Grade 8 to senior will practice at 4:30 p.m. then take in the action.
The Spartans line-up is loaded with outstanding talent from across the country.
Derek Epp (Saskatoon) played for the senior national team this summer while Brodie Hofer (Langley) and Calgary’s Jesse and Mathias Elser played for Canada at U21 World Championships. Several more players are part of the national team program.
“They are the best university volleyball program in the country by a long shot and Douglas is striving to be the same at the college level,” said Robson. “It should be a fun game with some pretty cool athletes on both sides of the net. It’s an opportunity to give the sport more exposure. I think a lot of people don’t see it at the highest of levels. It’s never really on TV and you kind of have to seek it out. They are both in pre-season mode right now and happy to do it.”
The men’s volleyball program has a history of recruiting DSS talent including Robson himself. The latest is 2019 grad Gavin Payne.