Josh Kirkham named Canada West Second Team All-Star

Josh Kirkham named Canada West Second Team All-Star

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, March 6, 2017 


CW volleyball all-stars: Veterans dominate 2016-17 men's winners



  • Final Four host Manitoba was the lone team to land multiple players on the first all-star team, as Devren Dear (right side) and Luke Herr (setter) made the squad
  • 11 different schools had players named either all-stars, or all-rookies
  • Canada West's men's volleyball major award winners will be announced Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. MT
  • The Canada West Men's Volleyball Final Four opens this Friday in Winnipeg, as the University of Manitoba hosts the event


EDMONTON – Canada West unveiled its men's volleyball all-stars Monday ahead of this weekend's Final Four in Manitoba, and there was no shortage of veteran leadership within the group of 14 all-stars.


All but one of the conference all-stars are fourth, or fifth-year student-athletes, as UBC setter Byron Keturakis (third-year) was the lone all-star with multiple years of eligibility remaining.


Leading the all-star charge were the Alberta Golden Bears, who had a trio of players honoured. Outside hitter Brett Walsh earned first team recognition, while Taylor Arnett (middle), and Ryan Nickifor (outside hitter) were second teamers.


In terms of first team all-stars, Final Four host Manitoba was the lone team to land multiple players on Canada West's top squad. Right side Devren Dear and setter Luke Herr made the team after playing starring roles for the Herd, who led Canada West with a 21-3 regular season record.


In addition to the all-star teams, Canada West also announced its all-rookie team Monday, which featured players from seven different teams.


The conference's 13 head coaches selected the Canada West all-star and all-rookie teams, as well as the Canada West major awards, which will be unveiled Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. MT.


There will be no shortage of all-star power on display this weekend in Winnipeg, as the host Manitoba Bisons welcome the Trinity Western Spartans, Alberta Golden Bears, and UBC Thunderbirds to the Investors Group Athletic Centre for the Canada West Men's Volleyball Final Four. Semifinal action is slated for Friday (6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.), while medal games go Saturday (6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.).


Every Canada West Final Four game can be seen live on


All four teams at this weekend's Final Four have secured their spot at the U SPORTS Men's Volleyball Championship in Edmonton, which is set for March 17-19 at the University of Alberta.


2016-17 CW Men's Volleyball First Team All-Stars


Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Brett Walsh / S / Alberta / 5 / Calgary, Alta.

Roy Ching / OH / Brandon / 5 / Nelson, New Zealand

Irvan Brar / OH / UBC / 4 / Surrey, B.C.

Curtis Stockton / RS / Calgary / 5 / Melbourne, Australia

Devren Dear / RS / Manitoba / 5 / St. Andrews, Man.

Luke Herr / S / Manitoba / 5 / Winnipeg, Man.

Ryan Sclater / OH / Trinity Western / 5 / Port Coquitlam, B.C.


2016-17 CW Men's Volleyball Second Team All-Stars


Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Taylor Arnett / M / Alberta / 5 / Calgary, Alta.

Ryan Nickifor / OH / Alberta / 5 / Sherwood Park, Alta.

Byron Keturakis / S / UBC / 3 / Surrey, B.C.

Josh Kirkham / M / Mount Royal / 5 / Cambridge, Ont.

Tyler Epp / M / Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, Sask.

Adam Schriemer / S / Trinity Western / 4 / Winnipeg, Man.

David Bommersbach / OH / Winnipeg / 4 / Winnipeg, Man.


2016-17 CW Men's Volleyball All-Rookies


Name / Position / University / Hometown

Taryq Sani / OH / Alberta / Toronto, Ont.

Elliott Viles / OH / Brandon / Adelaide, Australia

Jordan Deshane / M / UBC / Surrey, B.C.

Kyle Hinchey / OH / UBCO / Edmonton, Alta.

Matthew Aubrey / OH / Regina / Brisbane, Australia

Derek Epp / S / Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, Sask.

Eric Loeppky / OH / Trinity Western / Steinbach, Man.


About Canada West:


Canada West is the premier athletic conference in the country and is home to champion student-athletes that excel on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. Canada West and its 17 member institutions commit to a student-athlete experience where competitive excellence, scholarship and sportsmanship contribute equally towards moulding outstanding graduates and community leaders.


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