After 35 years, the drought is over. The UBC Thunderbirds celebrate a 3-0 win over Trinity Western in Sunday's U Sports national final in Hamtilon. (Photo by Rick Zazulak property of McMaster athletics)
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UBC men’s volleyball: How long is 35 years? Truly a lifetime for Thunderbirds , who top TWU 3-0 for landmark national title

When Kerry MacDonald was being interviewed for the head coaching position with the UBC Thunderbirds men’s volleyball team back in the spring of 2016, the soon-to-be successful applicant admitted he had done a little bit of research.

UBC Thunderbirds' middle Joel Rehehr (right) and setter Byron Keturakis flash the emotion of a national semifinal match which givers the 'Birds a shot at their first U Sports crown in 35 years on Sunday. (Photo by Rick Vazulak, McMaster athletics)
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‘Birds first title since ’83, or Spartans’ threepeat? It’s UBC vs. Trinity Western for U Sports national men’s volleyball spoils!

Hey volleyball fans, get out your history books because Sunday’s U Sports men’s volleyball national championship final is going to be all about the excellence of the sport in B.C. …no matter what ends up happening.

The Trinity Western Spartans (left to right) Jackson Howe, Eric Loeppky, Carter Bergen, Jesse Elser and Adam Schriemer celebrate a point en route to a 22-2 Canada West record. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics)
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TWU men’s volleyball: Recalibration aligns their stars, Spartans don’t miss a beat in pursuit of U Sports national title threepeat

What speaks loudest about the dynastic way in which Langley’s Trinity Western Spartans have once again reached the summit of Canadian men’s university volleyball this week at the U Sports national tournament?

Not known as a traditional boys volleyball power, the Argyle Pipers made a big splash this season behind the play of Varsity Letters' Super 15 select Markus Bratsberg (left). (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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The Varsity Letters’ Super 15! It’s our annual list of B.C.’s top senior boys volleyball players!

LANGLEY — The coaches of B.C.’s four U Sports men’s volleyball programs have answered our call and cast their votes to determine B.C.’s top Grade 12 senior varsity boys volleyball player.

UBC's Ben Chow, 25, has reinvented himself both on the court and in the classroom with the Thunderbirds' volleyball team. (Richard Lam/UBC athletics)
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UBC’s Ben Chow: How degrees of difficulty helped the ‘Birds star return for a special finale

VANCOUVER — The best journeys are never scripted and always organic. They test mettle, and in the best instances, wind up revealing a level of poetic gleam only possible through the hard steps of revival and re-invention.

A finalist for U Sports 2016-17 male Athlete of the Year, TWU's Ryan Sclater has recently signed a professional contract to play in Germany. (Scott Stewart/TWU athletics)
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Tsumura: Why TWU’s Ryan Sclater enjoyed rarest of careers from high school thru university

LANGLEY — There have been a lot of great two-sport athletes in the modern era of B.C. high school and university sports, but in any discussion you have, Ryan Sclater’s name needs to be a vital part of the discussion.

Spartans leave their legacy with title repeat. (Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics)
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Trinity Western Spartans leave their ‘legacy’ with title repeat

By Aaron Martin – Special to VarsityLetters.caUSPORTS GOLD MEDAL GAME – TWU 3 ALBERTA 1EDMONTON, AB – Don’t call them a dynasty.On Sunday evening, the no. 1-ranked Trinity Western Spartans claimed their second consecutive U Sports Men’s Volleyball National Championship, upending the host no.7-ranked Alberta Golden Bears in a high-flying 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 27-29, 25-23) win in […]