BRANDON, Manitoba – The No. 3 Trinity Western Spartans picked up a tough road win against the host Brandon Bobcats 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21) Saturday night, evening the weekend series at one match a piece. After Brandon stunned the Spartans Friday in the season opener, TWU responded with a much better effort Saturday to get its first win of the season.
After a difficult season-opening outing on Friday, the Spartans coaching staff used the example of former TWU middle Danny Grant in their pregame meeting for how to have fun on the court. With Grant as their inspiration, the team had a renewed sense of enjoyment on the court and looked like a vastly different team than Friday night.
Despite struggling from the service line, recording 21 service errors, the Spartans hit .291 as a team, registered 14.5 blocks and had plenty of smiles on route to the win.
“The guys did a great job of executing the things that we laid out that we needed to adjust from last night,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “But more importantly, we used the example of Danny Grant and how much joy and passion he had when he played the game and celebrated everyone else’s success so much. We used that as a great model of the kind of team we want to be and I thought the guys embodied that really well in all four sets.
“They really did a good job of loving each other and enjoying the experience of playing together on the court. It’s great when former players leave a legacy that we can learn from. It was great to honour Danny in our performance tonight and it was great to have him looking on tonight and it was great to see the guys play like that.”
Three Spartans finished in double-digit kills, led by Ryan Sclater’s (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) match-high 18 kills, finishing just one dig shy of a double-double with nine.
Scott Plocktis (Kelowna, B.C.) put up 17 kills while only recording three errors, while Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) had 12 kills to go with nine digs. Devyn Plett (Winnipeg) had a match-high 46 assists while fifth-year libero Tyler Koslowsky (Abbotsford, B.C.) had a match-high 14 digs in the win.
The Bobcats were nowhere near as efficient on offense, attacking at just 0.83. Roy Ching picked up a double-double, notching 11 kills and 11 digs. David Stasica added a rare setter double-double, contributing 34 assists to go with 11 digs. James Weir and Matt Powell both added nine kills, while libero Jeremy Davies played in his usual fashion, recording 12 digs.
Next weekend will be the Spartans home-opener as they welcome the Winnipeg Wesmen at TWU’s on campus David E. Enarson Gym.