Spartans Finish Tour With Win Over Heat

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Scott Stewart

September 22, 2013, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – The Trinity Western University men’s volleyball team concluded their preseason tour through the Okanagan with a 3-1 victory over the UBC Okanagan Heat at the UBC-O campus in Kelowna, B.C.

The 25-22, 25-10, 14-25, 32-30 win moves the Spartans to 2-1 in preseason play, while the Heat drop to 0-1.

“The fourth set was great volleyball and anytime you play that deep it can create some fun pressure moments and lots of learning environments,” commented TWU head coach Ben Josephson. “Which is why we schedule these games so that we can experience competitive pressure moments against foreign opponents so that our players can learn lessons about who they are and who they want to be.”

First year outside hitter Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) with 15 kills and eight digs and second year outside hitter Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) with seven kills, nine digs and three blocks led the Spartans, while Nate Speijer with 18 kills and eight digs led the Heat.

TWU setters Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) with 17 set assists and Scott Plocktis (Kelowna, B.C.) with 15 set assists led the Spartans attack on the night.

The match started with the Spartans taking the first set 25-20 and the second set 25-10.

Not wanting to be swept the Heat rallied back in the third set to take the game 25-14.

The final fourth set was the best volleyball on the night as the two teams pushed each other to higher levels of volleyball. The Spartans were able to withstand the Heat to take the match and the final set 32-30.

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 have kicked off the Canada West/CIS preseason with a tour through British Columbia’s Okanagan.

Scott Harrigan
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