October 5, 2012, Abbotsford, British Columbia – In its first match since playing in the U23 Pan American Cup, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team took three out of four sets from Thompson Rivers in preseason action Thursday at MEI (Mennonite Educational Institute).
In what was more of a scrimmage atmosphere, the Spartans captured the first three sets, earning 25-16, 25-23 and 25-18 wins, before dropping the fourth set 28-26.
The Spartans are now 3-1 against CIS competition this year and 5-4 overall, including the U23 Pan Am Cup.
“Overall I’m fairly pleased with our effort,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “Coming out of the Pan Am Cup, we identified four key areas we wanted to improve upon, so we trained hard in those areas and tonight we had a chance to try them out in a match and we did okay. Obviously we have a lot more work to do to keep shoring up the core identity of the way we’re going to play but it was a good step forward coming out of the Pan Am Cup.
“(TRU) was missing a couple key starters tonight but they definitely have a couple more weapons that will make them a really tough team to play against all season long.”
The Spartans play TRU again Friday night at 7 p.m. at Earl Marriott Secondary in the first of three B.C. Cup matches that will also see TWU play UBC Okanagan Oct. 6 and UBC Oct. 15.