September 19, 2012, Kelowna, British Columbia – With hometown setter and player of the game Scott Plocktis (Kelowna, B.C.) leading the way for the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team in his first ever university match, the Spartans beat UBC Okanagan 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-17) in both team’s preseason openers Wednesday at Kelowna Secondary.
Thanks in large part to a strong blocking effort, the Spartans were the better team from start to finish as they finished the Heat in three dominant sets.
“The guys played well,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “We had a pretty good block defensive system for this time of year. We missed a lot of serves but we were going after it pretty hard and we also did get a lot of results.
‘It was awesome to see Scott play that well in front of his friends and family here in Kelowna. It was a great job for all the guys. All three freshmen [Tyler Heppell (Langley), Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C. and Plocktis) got into the game and it was fun for the younger guys to get a chance to start their Spartan lives on a good note.”
The Spartans will now play Alberta on back-to-back nights as they’ll see the Golden Bears Thursday at Princess Margaret High School in Penticton, B.C. at 7 p.m. and Friday at UBC-O at 6 p.m. Following that, Trinity Western will return to Langley where they will represent Canada in the U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup, which runs Sept. 25-30 at the Langley Events Centre.