Langley’s Van Doorn, Canada surprise

Dan Jansen Van Doorn is part of a Canadian team that is making waves in Rio.

Langley’s Daniel Jansen Van Doorn and the Canadian Olympic men’s volleyball team were the surprise team at the Rio Olympic men’s volleyball tournament.

And they gained loads of respect along the way.

Ranked 12th going into the Olympic tourney, Canada made it all the way to the quarter-finals before being swept in straight sets by defending Olympic champion Russia.

Prior to that, Canada pulled off a major upset by beating No. 4 Italy to earn a spot into the quarter-finals. Going into the game, Italy was undefeated in its first four matches and finished atop Pool A with 12 points.

Jansen Van Doorn, 26, along with Steven Marshall (Abbotsford) and Rudy Verhoeff (Calgary) are all former Trinity Western University Spartans, and helped Canada earn its ticket to Rio earlier this year in a last-chance qualifier.

They were named to the Olympic roster July 22.

Jansen Van Doorn, Marshall, and Verhoeff were all part of the 2011/12 Spartans men’s volleyball team that posted a 19-1 regular season record, before going undefeated in the playoffs en route to winning a second straight national championship.

Jansen Van Doorn and Verhoeff were also part of the 2010/11 Spartans team that won the CIS title on home court at the Langley Events Centre.

Canada shocked No. 5 United States to open the tournament, before losing 3-1 to Brazil and 3-0 to France.

The Canadians swept Mexico 3-0 to wrap up their preliminary action.

The Russians are moving on to play either Brazil and Argentina in one of two semifinals slated for Friday.

Roman rowing

Also among the 313 Canadian athletes competing in Rio is Langley rower Lisa Roman.

She was a member of the Canadian crew that finished fifth in the women’s coxed eight final.


Just Posted

End ‘exploitative’ parking fees at Lower Mainland hospitals, group says is criticizing a new contract between health authorities and Impark

Langley thespian performs in upcoming rom-com

Mikayla Wust, a recent graduate at TWU, plays the lead in Beau Jest.

Langley East MLA could testify in logging lawsuit

Rich Coleman has been put on the witness list for a lawsuit against TimberWest.

WATCH: Kwantlen artist paints and installs Indigenous mural in Fort Langley

First Nations painter Brandon Gabriel created a piece of art for Cranberries Naturally.

Surrey woman plans to travel after winning $500,000

Frances Jarvos bought her winning ticket at Willowbrook Mall in Langley

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Cannabis-carrying border crossers could be hit with fines under coming system

Penalties are slated to be in place some time next year

Man accused of threatening to kill ‘as many girls as I see’

Christopher W. Cleary wrote he was angry because he’d never had a girlfriend and wanted to ‘make it right’ with a mass shooting

Canadian talent abound on newly revamped Vancouver Whitecaps squad

Lineup is full of new faces after the organization parted ways with 18 players over the off-season

Fraser Valley Bandits reveal mascot name

Berry the Bandit officially unveiled, makes first public appearance tomorrow

B.C. Green leader calls for long-term legislature financial audit

Andrew Weaver says trust in clerk and sergeant at arms is gone

No charges in fatal police Taser incident in Chilliwack

RCMP watchdog concludes no evidence of excessive or disproportionate force was used by officers

Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying with taxpayers’ money

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Alberta youth charged over theft of $17,000 in snow equipment at B.C. ski resort

Alberta RCMP recovered $17,000 in skis/snowboards believed stolen from Fernie Alpine Resort Saturday

Most Read