MVP for Spartans’ Del Bianco

Trinity Western's Nick Del Bianco named Canada West most valuable player

Nick Del Bianco had been named the best in the west.

The Trinity Western Spartans outside hitter was named the Canada West most valuable player.

The fifth-year senior capped off his final season in style, putting together one of the most dominant offensive seasons in the Spartans’ illustrious history.

The six-foot-five left-side hitter averaged 4.9 points per set, which was second in the conference and first in the Spartans record books. He averaged 3.92 kills per set, which was third in the conference and second all-time in TWU program history. Del Bianco also averaged a conference-best 0.57 aces per set, which equaled the TWU single season record.

“Nick is the poster child for what professionalism looks like as an amateur athlete,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson.

“His away from the court dedication in the weight room and in the film room is second to none in our program.

“His focus on details in our small group training sessions is perfect. Even in our team warm ups, he is flawless in his approach to the smallest parts of each skill. Combine that laser-like focus with God-given athletic talent and that makes not only the most valuable player but maybe the most complete volleyball player the Spartans men’s volleyball program has ever produced. I couldn’t be more proud of Nick or think of a more deserving recipient of this great honour.”

Del Bianco was one of two Spartans to earn accolades as Tyler Koslowsky was named the libero of the year.

The fourth-year player averaged 2.66 digs per set and has now put together three of the best digs per set seasons in Spartan program history.

“Tyler has really worked hard to become the libero he is today,” Josephson said.

“Coming from a setting background in high school, he has had to work hard at his reception. His baseball background as a short stop has helped him immensely with respect to body orientation and lateral movement. These two non-libero training backgrounds have helped create the league’s most dynamic libero player.”

What he does for us is immeasurable; his ability to set our offence from the back half of the court, which reduces pressure on our setter and keeps us in higher percentage scoring situations, is one of the most important things anyone does on our team,” the coach added.

“Without that, our scoring potential reduces exponentially. His system awareness and gap control defensively is innate and his read from his position is impeccable. All that, combined with being one of our emotional leaders make his value to our team among the highest of all players and his selection as the Canada West libero of the year shows that the coaches in the league see his value as well. I’m very happy for him and this honour bestowed to him.”

Del Bianco also earned a Canada West first team all-star award while Ryan Sclater was a second team all-star.

On the women’s side, the Spartans’ Alicia Perrin and Sophie Carpentier were named Canada West first and second team all-stars, respectively.

Both Spartan teams are in action at the Canada West Final Four championships this weekend in Edmonton.

Langley Times