Men’s volleyball falls to Golden Bears in five

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October 18, 2013, CALGARY (ISN) – In a battle between youngsters on both sides of the court, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team lost 3-2 (25-18, 25-27, 18-25, 25-18, 15-12) to Alberta Friday morning at the Jack Simpson Gym.

Playing with a lineup that had a combined 12 years of experience, the Spartans earned 15 team blocks compared to Alberta’s two and hit .276 as a team compared to the Bears .253, but in the end TWU came up just short in the fifth set.

Ryan Sclater (Port Coquilam, B.C.) led the Spartans with 20 kills while Blake Scheerhorn (Belleville, Ont.) added nine kills. Daniel Grant (Chetwynd, B.C.) had 10 blocks while setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) had 33 assists and 14 digs.

Alberta had four players with double-digits in kills, led by Matt McCreary, who had 17.

“It was a similar story to what we’ve seen before,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “It was a slow start in the first and then we responded really well in the middle stages but then, when the pressure was on, we got a bit passive.

“However, it was the best match of the season for three of our first-year players including Adam (Schriemer), Blake (Scheerhorn) and Levi (Wolthuis) and I thought Danny Grant has his best match too. We saw some great stuff from our young guys that we can now build on.”

The Spartans return to the court Friday night when they will play Calgary at 7 p.m.