Schmidt named Canada West Second Team All-Star

Schmidt named Canada West Second Team All-Star

EDMONTON –  Some of the top men's volleyball players in the country were honoured Tuesday, as Canada West unveiled the 2017-18 conference all-stars and all-rookies.

Fourth-year Tyler Schmidt had a great year for the Cougars, ranking seventh in the conference in kills per set, averaging 3.33 with a total of 283 kills that led the entire Cougars squad. He also ranked in the top ten in points with 340.5, good for eighth in Canada West. 

A total of 14 players were named all-stars, with both the first and second teams consisting of seven players, while another seven players were acknowledged as all-rookies for their outstanding freshmen seasons.

Leading the charge in terms of representation on the teams were the Trinity Western Spartans, who topped the conference regular season standings with a 22-2 record. The defending national champions had a pair of first team all-stars with Adam Schriemer and Eric Loeppky, while Jesse Elser and Jackson Howe were named all-rookies.

At home to the Winnipeg Wesmen this weekend in the semis, Trinity Western was one of 12 CW teams who had at least one player honoured Tuesday.

Joining the Spartans with multiple honourees were the UBC Thunderbirds (three), UBCO Heat (two), Brandon Bobcats (two), Manitoba Bisons (two), and the Alberta Golden Bears (two).

NOTE: The CW all-stars and all-rookies were selected by the conference's 13 men's volleyball head coaches.

2017-18 CW MEN'S VOLLEYBALL ALL-STARS

FIRST TEAM

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Alex Bader / OH / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, Alta.

Irvan Brar / OH / UBC / 5 / Surrey, B.C.

Byron Keturakis / S / UBC / 4 / Surrey, B.C.

Eric Loeppky / OH / Trinity Western / 2 / Steinbach, Man.

Taryq Sani / OH / Alberta / 2 / Scarborough, Ont.

Adam Schriemer / S / Trinity Western / 5 / Winnipeg, Man.

Elliott Viles / OH / Brandon / 2 / Adelaide, Australia

SECOND TEAM

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Lars Bornemann / OH / UBCO / 5 / Victoria, B.C.

Logan Brennan / L / Winnipeg / 5 / Bragg Creek, Alta.

Adam DeJonckheere / OH / Manitoba / 5 / Winnipeg, Man.

Tim Dobbert / OH / Thompson Rivers / 4 / Aichelberg, Germany

Seth Friesen / OH / Brandon / 3 / Brandon, Man.

Alex McMullin / OH / Alberta / 4 / Brisbane, Australia

Tyler Schmidt / OH / Mount Royal / 4 / Calgary, Alta.

2017-18 CW MEN'S VOLLEYBALL ALL-ROOKIES

Name / Position / University / Hometown

Jesse Elser / OH / Trinity Western / Calgary, Alta.

Caleb Funk / M / UBCO / Strathmore, Alta.

Jackson Howe / M / Trinity Western / Calgary, Alta.

Fynn McCarthy / OH / UBC / Lake Country, B.C.

Dylan Mortensen / OH / Saskatchewan / Swift Current, Sask.

Brendan Warren / M / Manitoba / Howden, Man.

Ryan Zachary / OH / MacEwan / Airdrie, Alta.