September 21, 2012, Penticton, British Columbia – Playing arch-rival Alberta in the annual Okanagan tour, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team lost 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-23) to the Golden Bears Thursday at Princess Margaret High School.
After a tough opening set in which Alberta was by far the superior team, the Spartans were much closer in the second and third sets, holding a 18-16 lead in both, but ultimately succumbed to the Golden Bears mounting pressure down the stretch on both occasions.
The Spartans, who beat UBC Okanagan Thursday night, are now 1-1 in preseason action.
“It’s a disappointing loss,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “I thought we were beaten in most phases of the game. That’s a really strong Bears team. They’re going to be awesome this year and we’re going to have our work cut out for us to stay with them.
“I thought it was a pretty good brand of volleyball for this time of year. It was a good early season test. I would have liked to see us find a way to win one or two of those sets but we’re pleased with the experience and now we have some things to work through so we can try to get better as a team.”
The Spartans will get a chance at redemption Friday night as they get to play a rematch with the Golden Bears at UBC Okanagan at 6 p.m.
Following that, Trinity Western will return to Langley where they will prepare to represent Canada in the U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup, which runs Sept. 25-30 at the Langley Events Centre.