Spartans extend preseason win streak to five matches over Heat

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October 5, 2013, KELOWNA, British Columbia – The Trinity Western University Spartans men’s volleyball team had a less than stellar start, but were able to regroup to take their match against the UBC Okanagan Heat in four sets (16-25, 25-18,25-17, 25-17).

The win improves the Spartans preseason record to 6-1, while the loss keeps the Heat winless at 0-4.

“Good lesson for us today as we were not prepared enough to play this match. Call it fatigue, having an easier day, or underestimating our opponent. We not prepared to play a Canada West match and our opponents jumped all over us. It was very disappointing start and we will work hard to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” commented TWU head coach Ben Josephson. “But what I was pleased about was how the guys kept their poise in the second set and were to reset. After that we looked good and played well.”

“We came out with energy in that first set and it played to our benefit,” said fifth-year outside hitter Nate Speijer (Penticton, B.C.). “But with the type of energy we had, it’s difficult to maintain that level over the course of a four or five set match.”

“Every practice is better, every game is better,” acknowledged Speijer. “We’re better than the first time we played Trinity [Western]. We just have to keep working.”

The Spartans previously defeated the Heat 3-1 (25-22, 25-10, 14-25, 32-30) on September 21.

The two teams will match up again tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, in Kelowna, B.C.

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.

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