Tim Dobbert's final season with the TRU WolfPack netted national praise, as the outside hitter became just the fourth player in the men's volleyball program's history to be named a U Sports All-Canadian.
After leading the Canada West in kills by a wide margin, Dobbert was named to the first team at the annual All-Canadian breakfast Thursday morning (March 14), ahead of the U Sports Men's volleyball championship in Laval. The WolfPack didn't qualify for the championship despite knocking the five-seed Alberta Golden Bears out of the playoffs.
"I'm happy for Tim to end with a well-deserved first team all Canadian selection," said head coach Pat Hennelly in a press release. "Tim belongs in that special group of alumni and it was an honour to have him as part of our program. Tim has a great year finishing fifth all-time in points, seventh in kills and 18th in kills/set. Tim is also an exceptional student-athlete and academic All-Canadian..."
"To add to all these accolades Tim is a great person, excellent teammate and one of the hardest working guys on a team with a great work ethic. Tim never took a day off (even when we wanted him to) and was always in the weight room going above and beyond our two 7 a.m. workouts with strength coach Greg Kozoris. Tim has added to the legacy of excellence in WolfPack volleyball and we wish him all the best moving forward."
Dobbert only played two seasons at Thompson Rivers University after playing four years at Brigham Young University, where he achieved an engineering degree.
He finished his WolfPack career playing in 43 matches and 165 sets while racking up 701 kills, 1,554 total attacks, 227 digs, 49 service aces and 102 total blocks. Dobbert was named a first team Canada West all-star a few weeks ago.
Joining Dobbert as first team representatives from Canada West were Tyler Schmidt (Mount Royal), Eric Loeppky (Trinity Western), and U Sports Player of the Year Elliott Viles (Brandon).
Gord Perrin and Brad Gunter are the only other WolfPack men's volleyball players to be named to the national first team, with Perrin getting the nod in 2009-10 and Gunter making it for three straight years from 2013 to 2016. Kevin Tillie made second team All-Canadian for 2010-11.