Spinal surgery and a return to the court with the Trinity Western Spartans has given second-year outside hitter Jesse Elser a new appreciation for life. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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“…I couldn’t put my socks on by myself” says Trinity Western volleyball star Jesse Elser who now jumps for joy and team after spinal surgery

LANGLEY — At his lowest ebb, Jesse Elser remembers waking up one morning and resigning himself to the fact that he had become a shadow of his former self.“I can remember not being able to get out of bed,” Trinity Western’s second-year outside hitter says of a particularly tough day following the 2017-18 U Sports […]

The two sides of Jackson Corneil are (left) as an outside hitter for Fraser Valley Volleyball Club, and as a basketball forward with Surrey's Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers. (Photos by Dale Toews (left) and Howard Tsumura (right). All rights reserved)
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A Sunday Read: As Tweedy hoops star Jackson Corneil chooses volleyball career with TWU Spartans, we get a fresh take on the power of multi-sport athleticism

LANGLEY — You don’t build a university sports dynasty by diligently following the same footsteps as the rest of the pack.Instead, if you’re the men’s volleyball program at Langley’s Trinity Western University, you cultivate your own belief system of what matters most and you act accordingly, bringing student-athletes into your program whom others may not […]

Langley's Trinity Western Spartans react to national title point on Sunday in Quebec City as No. 2 TWU won its sixth U Sports national title with a victory over No. 1 Brandon. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Trinity Western's Aaron Boettcher has put shoulder surgery and a missed 2017-88 season behind him, helping lead the Spartans back to the national championships which open a three-day run Friday in Quebec City. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A better Boettcher? You bet! Trinity Western’s Aaron Boettcher older, wise, happier in his last trip to U Sports nationals

LANGLEY — Aaron Boettcher’s greatest skill had always been his ability to rise above the crowd and block out any obstacles that came his way.

Trinity Western Spartans' third-year standout Eric Loeppky (right) exults on court with teammate Jacob Kern. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Trinity Western’s Eric Loeppky: Spartans’ volleyball superstar defined by “…the contrast between his ability and his humility”

LANGLEY — He has authored a resume whose international accomplishments, when placed against the world of Canadian university men’s volleyball, are groundbreaking.

Langley Christian's Brodie Hofer finished one vote shy of a perfect 10 in Varsity Letters' 2017 B.C. boys high school Player of the Year poll. (Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures)
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Brodie Hofer: From volleyball toddler to Mr. MVP, Trinity Western’s star recruit tabbed Varsity Letters’ Player of the Year

LANGLEY — If Ben Josephson didn’t have a history with his star recruit, then the head coach of the powerhouse men’s volleyball team at Trinity Western University might have been surprised with what he saw at the recently-completed Big Kahuan B.C.senior boys AA volleyball championships.

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 […]