KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s volleyball team capped its preseason schedule with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23) win over Thompson Rivers in the final of the TRU Tournament at the Tournament Capital Centre.
Third-year Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) and fourth-year Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) led the way offensively, combining for 40 of the Spartans 50 kills. Scheerhoorn had 21 kills to go with four blocks while Sclater had 19 kills, four blocks and seven digs. Devyn Plett (Winnipeg) had a match-high 40 assists.
Second-year middle Aaron Boettcher (Surrey, B.C.) added eight blocks while Leigh Goossen (Kelowna, B.C.) had six blocks and three kills.
The WolfPack were led by Brandon Hewwing, who had 15 kills, and Brad Gunter, who had 12 kills.
As a team, the Spartans had 15.5 blocks and TRU had six. TWU hit .295 while the WolfPack hit .190.
The win sees the Spartans finish their preseason schedule with a 6-4 record. The Spartans finished the TRU Tournament with a 3-1 mark.
“It was a really competitive game,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “Offensively, we were really strong. Sclater and Blake were both awesome. I thought Devyn was really good setting the ball. We haven’t blocked the ball much all preseason, so it was good to see that block start to figure it out. I thought it was also Leigh Goossen’s best match since he’s been with us.
“There were a lot of guys who played well. We’re still working through some things, but the guys showed great composure and good focus on staying inside the match. I was pleased with the growth they showed over the fourth matches here in Kamloops.”
TWU will now prepare for its Canada West season-opening weekend Oct. 16-17 on the road against Brandon.
Earlier in the day, the Spartans lost a five-setter against UBC Okanagan.