Alberta Gets Even In Annual Okanagan Tour
September 21, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – The Trinity Western University men’s volleyball team dropped their first match of the season 3-0 to the University of Alberta Golden Bears Friday night at Princess Margaret High School in Penticton, B.C.
The 25-22, 25-20, 28-26 Alberta win evens the Okanagan tour series between the Spartans and the Golden Bears with each having secured a victory.
“The third set was great volleyball, by far the best set of the night,” commented TWU head coach Ben Josephson. “I’m pleased with our play in the start of the first set and how we played in the third set. The other stuff, we will have to look at the game tape and determine where we need to get better.”
The Spartans started the match well, but a strong serving run pulled the Golden Bears from behind for the 25-22 win.
After the tough first set loss, Trinity Western was on their heels for much of the second set as Alberta went out to a 2—0 lead with a solid 25-20 win.
In the final set the two teams battled back and forth for the entire game, with neither team getting more than a two point lead. TWU was close to extending the match, but Alberta was able to prevail in the final set 28-26 to sweep the night.
The Spartans will now travel back to Kelowna, B.C. to take on the UBC Okanagan Heat tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
“We are excited to move forward with UBC-O tomorrow with another opportunity to evaluate our team and hopefully get better.”
TWU kicks off the 2013-14 Canada West season on Oct. 25 when they will host the University of British Columbia at 8 p.m. PST at the Langley Events Centre.
This is the ninth year that the Spartans and the Golden Bears have kicked off the Canada West/CIS preseason with a tour through British Columbia’s Okanagan.