Spartans Rally to Beat Thompson Rivers in BC Cup Opener

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October 7, 2012 – WHITE ROCK, British Columbia – After dropping the opening set, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team rallied to win three straight sets as they pulled out a 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-22) win over Thompson Rivers in its first match of the B.C. Cup Friday at Earl Marriott Secondary.

The victory earned the Spartans four of a possible five points in the inaugural B.C. Cup.

The tournament will see the four volleyball-playing schools in B.C. – UBC, TRU, UBC Okanagan and TWU – compete all season, including one exhibition match against each team and the two they will play against each school in the regular season, for a provincial trophy. The points system will be similar to that of international play whereas a three-set win gives five points to the winner and none to the loser, a four-set win gives four points to the winner and one to the loser and a five-set win gives three points to the winner and two to the loser.

Playing in a lively gym at Earl Marriott, the Spartans earned their fourth win of their CIS preseason schedule and improved to 4-1 against university competition this year and 6-4 overall, including the U23 Pan American Cup.

“It was a really neat to be in one of the great volleyball schools in the Fraser Valley and they had a great crowd and it was a cool environment to play this match in,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson.

“I thought our opponents passed the ball much better tonight, which forced us to play better defence. Our block didn’t get as many points tonight, so we had to be pretty sharp offensively. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with our progression. We’re really trying to be focused on getting better in the things we’re working on and I think we took another good step forward tonight.”

The Spartans will resume their B.C. Cup schedule Saturday when they host UBC-O at 7 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. The WolfPack is back on the court Oct. 19-20 when it competes in UBC’s Thunderball Tournament.

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