The Force Volleyball Club is off to Orlando. The team won both the provincial and national club U16 titles last month.

The Force Volleyball Club is off to Orlando. The team won both the provincial and national club U16 titles last month.

Force ready for U.S. challenge

U16 boys club volleyball team has heavy Langley presence in its lineup

The Force U16 Volleyball Club are used to being a force on the volleyball court.

And now, they are aiming for international success.

The past three years have been chock full of success for the club volleyball team.

In 2012 — at the U14 level — they won provincial gold and then silver at nationals.

And then these past two years, they took double gold each time, winning the provincial and national championships for their age group.

Now comes their greatest test yet: the AAU boys’ junior national volleyball championships.

The event runs June 18 to 21 at the Orlando Sports Center in Orlando, Fla. and the event features not only the top teams from across the United States, but also some international talent as well.

But that doesn’t mean the Force aren’t going in just for experience.

“Our goal is to win gold in the event, though we realize that this will be very hard to accomplish as the top teams from the United States as well some international teams will be represented,” said Dan Johnson, who has coached the team for the past three years alongside assistant coach Ryan Hofer.

“Our team strength is our ability to play well under pressure and side-out effectively.”

Half of the Force’s roster is from Langley, with four of the players on the Langley Fundamental squad under Johnson, while three others play for Fundy’s chief rival, the Langley Christian Lightning.

Max Heppell, Phil Stahl, Zec Johnson and Jordan Goh play for Fundamental during the school year while Parker Heppell and Brodie Hofer are students at Langley Christian. Langley’s Nate Teasdale attends Pacific Academy.

Trent King, Christian Wagner, Edward Qi,  Andrew Gamble, Andrew Kim and Elijah Spolstra are from Surrey while Colton Loewen is from Abbotsford.

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