Spartans Knock Off Alberta in Five Setter

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September 22, 2012, Kelowna, British Columbia – After falling to Alberta Thursday night, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team rallied with a strong effort Friday as they beat those same Golden Bears 3-2 (26-28, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 17-15) at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.

Playing with a similar roster to that which the Spartans will field at next week’s U-23 Pan American Men’s Volleyball Cup, Trinity Western rallied from set deficits twice to earn a comeback win over a feisty Golden Bears side.

After dropping a tight first set, the Spartans looked strong in the second set as they tied the match 1-1. In the third set, the Golden Bears again surged ahead with a four-point win but, similar to the second set, Trinity Western was decisively better in the fourth set.

The fifth set went back and forth until the Spartans finally pulled out the win, taking it 17-15.

With the win, the Spartans improved to 2-1 in preseason action, having beaten UBC-O Wednesday and lost to Alberta Thursday.

“We responded really well to yesterday’s loss, emotionally and really started forging our identity for this year,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “We have a lot of work to do in terms of cleaning up the volleyball side of things for us, but I thought we made great strides when it comes to learning how to compete and how to stay together in good and bad times. I’m proud of the effort as far as the emotional side of things, but we have a lot of work to do when it comes to being a really sharp volleyball team.”

The Spartans will now 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.

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