KINGSTON, Ontario – In a rematch of last year’s CIS championship match, the Trinity Western men’s volleyball team lost 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 13-25, 23-25, 15-11) against McMaster Sunday at the Queen’s Invitational tournament.
After McMaster took the opening two sets, the Spartans rallied to get themselves back into the match and force a fifth and final set.
The Marauders regained their composure and shut down TWU with a 15-11 win in the fifth and deciding set.
“It was really weird match,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. “Our guys responded really well in the third set and we rolled. The fourth set, fatigue started setting in a bit and guys started making mistakes. We built another huge lead and they clawed back and we lost focus and let them get back in it a bit. Then the first part of the fifth set was really close and then they separated at the switch on a few nice plays on their part.
“There were some really good lessons there for us. We’re getting in a ton of volleyball and we’re excited to continue our growth on this trip.”
Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) had a match-high 22 kills while Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) added 15 kills.
Despite the loss, the Spartans outhit McMaster, putting up a .236 attacking percentage compared to the Marauders .222.
Danny Demyanenko and Brandon Koppers combined for a 25 kill performance to lead the Marauders in the win. McMaster claimed the tournament title after going 3-0 over the three day affair.
In last year’s CIS championship game, the Spartans beat the Marauders in a four-set thriller in Hamilton, Ont.
TWU finished the Queen’s Invitational with a record of 1-2. The Spartans beat Queen’s in three sets, before losing five-setters against both Montreal and McMaster.
The Spartans will continue their Eastern Canada Tour on Monday when they play Ryerson at 7 p.m. (ET).