CALGARY – The No. 1 Trinity Western Spartans remained perfect in Canada West play with a 3-0 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars Friday night at Kenyon Court in Calgary, Alta. The 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 victory improves the Spartans to 9-0 in conference play, while the loss drops the Cougars to 6-3.
“It was a really great performance tonight. Our kids executed our plan as well as we possibly could. And we were able to slow down one of the top offences in the conference,” commented TWU head coach Ben Josephson. “We did a great job of managing their errors without losing there serving intensity, which is why we were able to play as well as we did. Anytime you get a 3-0 win to open the weekend on the road it is really good. Now we get an early night and can get a proper recovery, which is always good on the road.”
“We had some incredible serving performances from our tough servers. Both Sclater and Eric had great serving games. And the best way to slow down a great offence is to serve tough and we served tough without missing a ton.”
“We know that we are in for a dog fight tomorrow,” added Josephson. “It is always tough to play in this building and we are excited to prep and get ready for it.”
Fifth year outside hitter Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) was the best player on the court all night long, making 13 kills as well as showing off his service abilities, hitting three aces. While Tyler Schmidt led the Cougars with eight kills.
The Spartans had the edge on offence, defence and from the end line. TWU hit at 36.8 percent (34-9-68), while MRU hit at 11.7 percent (30-21-77). The Spartans had the edge at the net out blocking the Cougars eight to three, and they were better from the end line hitting nine aces to MRU’s two.
The game between the first and third seed in the Canada West standings began much like expected with lots of back-and-forth battles. However early on it was the Spartans who had the upper hand, jumping ahead to a 15-12 lead.
Mount Royal failed to provide an answer late in the set for the Spartans, especially Ryan Sclater, who made five kills in the 25-18 first set victory.
The Spartans continued to dominate in the second set. Winning the battles above the net, the Spartans raced out to a 19-12 lead.
Continuing their control of the game, second year outside hitter Jacob Kern (Edmonton) sealed the deal with a kill to win the second set 25-15.
The third set proved to be highly competitive early, as both teams traded points on their way to an 8-8 score. However, once again the Spartans began pulling away as rookie outside hitter Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) dominated the service line, making his third ace of the game to make the score 13-9.
Thanks to back-to-back kills from Quinn Bromley, the Cougars were able to even the match at 17. However it was all for not as the Spartans won eight of the last 12 points for a 25-21 third set win.
The two teams will play the second of their two game set on Saturday evening at 6 P.M. MST on Kenyon Court.
Match Notes: In their nine games this season the Spartans have dropped a total of five sets, good for best in the Canada West Conference…