Trinity Western menâ€™s volleyball coach Ben Josephson went back to a pair of familiar wells for his latest two recruits, signing outside hitter Riley Vander Meulen of Edmonton Christian High School and left side/libero Carter Bergen of Winnipegâ€™s MCBI (Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute).
Both are arguably the best graduating players from their respective provinces.
Bergen joins the Spartans after being named the top graduating high school player in Manitoba. Vander Meulen, by manyâ€™s estimation, would have been atop his provinceâ€™s list had Alberta a similar poll.
Edmonton Christian has been a hotbed for TWU menâ€™s volleyball players. Vander Meulen follows in the footsteps of former Spartans Josh Doornenbal (graduated in 2011) and Lucas Van Berkel (2014), and current Spartan Levi Wolthuis. Similarly, Bergen comes to the Spartans on the same path that fellow MCBI graduates Adam Schriemer and Devyn Plett also once took en route to TWU.
The two add to an already distinguished 2014 Spartans recruiting class that includes Aaron Boettcher (Surrey), who was ranked No. 2 in The Province poll of the best graduating players in B.C., Ben Lieuwen (Abbotsford), who was No. 4 on that same list, and Braden Heppell (Langley), who came in at No. 8.