October 7, 2012, LANGLEY, British Columbia – Playing its most complete match of the preseason, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team put on an impressive show as it beat UBC Okanagan 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-16) in B.C. Cup action Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
From start to finish, the Spartans were the better side as they hit .400 as a team and out-blocked the Heat 11-4 en route to a decisive win. The victory improves TWU to 2-0 in the B.C. Cup, having collected nine of a possible 10 points.
The Spartans were led by Nick Del Bianco (Surrey, B.C.), who had 14 kills and four blocks, while Brad Kufske (Abbotsford, B.C.) added 10 kills, 10 digs and three blocks and Dan Jansen Van Doorn (Langley) had six kills on seven attacks and a match-high six blocks. Setter Jarrod Offereins had his best game at his new position, contributing 34 assists.
For the Heat, it was Riley McFarland with four kills and three digs, while Rylan Brouwer had three kills, an ace and a block.
The Spartans are now 5-1 in preseason action against university competition.
“I was really happy with our game tonight,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “That’s kind of what we’ve been training to look like. Defensive speed in the back court was really exceptional. We had some of the best athletes this program has ever seen all in the backcourt together. It makes it very tough on our opponents to score. Then our big middles did a really good job of blocking and our servers kept our opponents under pressure.
“All of that combined to create a really efficient performance on our part. That’s the snapshot of what we’ve been training to try to produce. Now the mark of a great team is to produce that night after night against all opponents.”
With six blocks in the first set alone, the Spartans got off to a quick start and led throughout the opening frame en route to a 25-18 win. Del Bianco had three kills and three blocks to lead the Spartans in what was a top to tail dominant start.
In the second set, the Spartans took their attack to another level as Offereins guided the team to a .478 attacking percentage and one that saw TWU make just one attacking error. The result was a 14-point win that UBC-O was never in.
The third and final set was close early on but, with TWU hitting .531 compared to UBC-O’s .200, the Spartans simply were not going to be beat on this night. Trinity Western had 19 kills in the final set and just two errors, compared to UBC-O’s seven kills and one error as the home side cruised to the win.
The Spartans next game is Oct. 15 when they will play UBC at Abbotsford’s Yale High School at 7 p.m. in TWU’s third game of the B.C. Cup. The Heat is now off until their season-opening game on the road against Thompson Rivers Oct. 26 at 7:45 p.m.
NOTES – TWU had 41 digs to UBC-O’s 24…TWU had five aces to UBC-O’s two…TWU had 41 kills to UBC-O’s 18.