PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia – Playing in the gym that fifth-year Spartan Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) used to call home, Trinity Western earned a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-22) win over Thompson Rivers at Terry Fox Secondary to open its preseason schedule Friday.


The Spartans got off to a hot start and won the first set in tidy fashion. In the second set, TRU found some rhythm, but the Spartans maintained momentum, earning a five-point win.


In the third set, the WolfPack opened a 16-12 lead. However, after a double sub that saw first-year setter Maddux Greves (Calgary) and Scott Plocktis (Kelowna, B.C.) take the floor, TWU rallied. After closing the gap and taking the lead, Sclater, in fitting fashion, served the Spartans to the win.


“It was a good game,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “We started off sharp and got the first set. In the second set, TRU played better and our passing broke down, but we held on. In the third set, our opponents went up midway through, but with a great double sub, we were able to get back into it and win it. It was a fun night. There a lot of things to get better at but also a lot of things that we’ve been working on showed themselves well and we lots of guys through.”


While the night saw Sclater return to Terry Fox Secondary, the match marked the first volleyball game he has played in his old gym. Sclater’s high school doesn’t have a senior boys volleyball team, so while he played many basketball games there – as a high schooler, he led Terry Fox’s basketball team to a 3A provincial championship in 2012 – Friday’s contest was a unique first.


The Spartans and WolfPack play again Saturday at MEI at 8 p.m. (PT).