October 16, 2012, ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia – After dropping the opening set, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team rallied to win three straight as it knocked off UBC 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-16) to move to 3-0 in B.C. Cup action Monday at Yale Secondary.
Playing in the old high school gym of Spartans outside hitter Brad Kufske (Abbotsford), TWU recovered from a slow start in the first set as it turned things around in the second set and then rolled to tidy wins in the third and fourth sets en route to capturing the match.
The win, which saw the Spartans use a different lineup combination in each set, gives the Spartans 13 of a possible 15 points through their three preseason B.C. Cup matches. The Spartans also improved to 6-1 against CIS competition this preseason.
“We had a chance to look at four different lineups tonight and get lots of different guys in, which was good,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “Overall, I’m pretty pleased, especially with how we played in the second half of the match. Tonight our middles were really strong and Brad Kufske had a great game in front of his home school. I’m happy with the overall result and we’re ready to move forward for next weekend.”
The Spartans will now travel to Calgary, where they will take part in the Dino Cup Oct. 19-20, playing Calgary, Alberta and Saskatchewan. While in Calgary, they will also play Mount Royal in an exhibition match Oct. 20.
The Spartans open the Canada West regular season Oct. 26-27 when they play a home-and-home series with UBC, with Friday’s match being played at UBC and Saturday’s at the Langley Events Centre. The Spartans CIS national championship banner will be raised before Saturday’s home-opening match.
The B.C. Cup is a competition that has the four volleyball-playing schools in B.C. – UBC, TRU, UBC Okanagan and TWU – competing all season, including one exhibition match and two regular season matches against each team, for a provincial trophy. The points system is similar to that of international play, whereas a three-set win gives five points to the winner and zero 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.