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KELOWNA, British Columbia – Trinity Western University volleyballers, both past and present, were well represented this past weekend at the Center of Gravity beach volleyball tournament in Kelowna, B.C. as six former or current Spartans participated in the main draw of the pro competition.

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Leading the Spartans impressive showing was Steve Marshall (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Nick Del Bianco (Surrey, B.C.) who both finished tied for third overall. Marshall, with his partner Matt Zbyszewski, lost to eventual tournament winners Maverick Hatch and Sam Schachter 2-0 (21-15, 21-19) in the semifinal while Del Bianco, who was named to the CIS All-Rookie Team this past season, and his partner Ben Chow, lost in the semifinal after they were forced to pull because of an injury to Del Bianco. Del Bianco and Chow lost in their third game of the tournament to Hatch and Schachter but came back through the loser’s side of the double-elimination draw to make it to the semifinal.

Nick Del Bianco, , finished in a tie for fifth place after he and his partner, Ben Chow, were forced to pull out of the semifinal because of an injury to Del Bianco. The long-time tandem lost in their third game of the tournament to Hatch and Schachter but came back through the loser’s side of the double-elimination draw to make it to the semifinal.

Former Spartans setter Chaim Schalk, who was forced to play with a new partner this weekend – British national team member Jody Gooding – after Martin Reader went down with a back injury at the FIVB World Tour event in Quebec the previous week, finished in a tie for ninth after they lost to Del Bianco/Chow 2-1 (21-17, 15-21, 15-12).

On the women’s side of the draw, Spartans partners Amber Brown and Jackie Tait finished in a tie for ninth after they went 2-2. They played in the final game Saturday evening against Ashley Shaw and Jayme Greig but were unable to earn a spot in Sunday’s action after a 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) loss.

Former Spartans libero Julie McLeod (Blackburn) finished tied for seventh after her and Dragana Djordjevic went 3-2 overall, in the end losing to another former Spartan Jodi Zbyszewski (Schaufele) and her partner Katie Tyzuk 2-0 (21-18, 21-18). Zbyszewski and Tyzuk went on to finish fifth after losing out to Jackie Caverly and Kristina Pavlovic 2-1 (21-23, 21-16, 15-6).

Trinity Western’s Casie Gano competed with partner Maddy McDonald in the qualifying stage but was unable to make it into Saturday’s main draw.

About Spartan Athletics
Since Trinity Western entered the CIS in 1999, Spartan student-athletes have accumulated a number of significant awards including a CIS Athlete of the Year (BLG) award, four CIS Player of the Year awards, a CIS Elite Eight Academic All-Canadian award, three CIS Rookie of the Year awards, a CIS Libero of the Year award, three CIS community service awards and numerous CIS All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star awards. In twelve years as members of the CIS, the Spartans have won six national titles (women’s soccer in 2004, 2008, 2009 and men’s volleyball in 2006, 2011), 15 CIS championship medals, an individual CIS championship in track and seven Canada West championships.

About TWU
Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC, is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counselling psychology, marriage and family therapy, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 14 schools, from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. “cwuaa” on Twitter.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-one universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit


Last Updated: 2011-08-10
Author: Mark Janzen