TIANJIN, China – The Trinity Western University men’s volleyball team completed the playing portion of their Goodwill Tour of China with a 3-0 win over Tianjin Polytechnic University Thursday afternoon in Tianjin, China.
Learning from their last game, scrimmages and video sessions against other teams from China the Spartans were able to apply their knowledge to defeat Tianjin 25-14, 25-18 and 25-21.
“The Asian teams have a lot more patterns that we are not used to seeing. They run a lot of crisscrosses and X’s so it is a great challenge for our blocking defence to find balance and to find their ready positions earlier and to communicate. Which is a great test for us against stuff that we do not see back home,” commented TWU head coach Ben Josephson. “We had a good video session today and the point of the session was to be more prepared at the block and in the back court, be in the ready position and have our information gathering to be a little tighter. The work that we did in the video room this morning and the work that we did on the court tonight will pay huge dividends back home when we play more conventional teams.”
“I was really pleased with how our players applied what we worked on into the match. It was a really productive day and we are not worried about winning or losing at this time of the season but we want to be productive at what we chose to be better at.”
The final set of the match was the most competitive with Tianjin leading Trinity Western 16-14 at the technical break. The Spartans were able to gather momentum out of the break to tie the set at 19-19. TWU would continue to have control over the final points as they closed out the set and the match 25-21 by taking six of the final eight points.
Next match for the Spartans will be at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, B.C. on October 3 when they will play the UBC Okanagan Heat in an exhibition match. TWU opens Canada West play Friday, October 10 against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. Match time at the Langley Events Centre is set for 8 p.m.
Match Notes: Following the match Tianjin and TWU had another three set scrimmage after a 30 minute break…