LANGLEY, British Columbia –Trinity Western fifth year outside Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) finished the evening with 21 kills and six digs, and three service aces to lead the Spartans to 3-1 win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. The weekend sweep improves the No. 1 ranked Spartans to 13-1, while the loss drops the WolfPack to 1-13.
“They had a really intentional plan on us and we kept trying to run our whole system and it wasn’t taking advantage of some of the things that they were giving us and they were making plays,” commented TWU head coach Ben Josephson. “Once we figured out how we would play against what they were doing the side-out and efficiencies went very high.
Because it became a simple game. You still had to execute, but the decision making was eliminated and we relied heavy on our outsides, because they were taking away our middles.”
Fourth year outside Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) with 13 kills, four digs, and two aces and fifth year outside Scott Plocktis (Kelowna, B.C.) with seven kills, eight digs and three aces also contributed to the TWU victory. TWU fourth year setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) finished the night with 41 set assists and four blocks. Sam Taylor Parks with nine kills and Randy Grundmann and Tim Edge with eight kills each paced the WolfPack. TRU’s setter Jakob Hamilton finished the night with 28 set assists.
The first set was evenly played with TWU holding the 16-15 edge at the media timeout. But out of the break the Spartans dominated the play and paced by back-to-back service aces from Scheerhoorn TWU took the first set 25-18. Ryan Sclater led the Spartans with seven kills, while Charlie Bringloe had three kills for the WolfPack.
In the second set the Spartans were in control early, holding a 10-6 lead. But after getting a side-out Jakob Hamilton served the WolfPack back into the match with four straight points to tie the set at 10-10. Errors hurt the Spartans as TRU took a 16-13 lead into the media timeout. TWU responded and after a kill by third year middle Aaron Boettcher (Surrey, B.C.) the Spartans had tied the set at 20-20. The two teams exchanged points, then with TRU up 23-22, the WolfPack had back-to-back kills from Randy Grundmann to take the second set 25-22 and tie the match at 1-1. The Spartans hit a game low 11.5 percent (9-6-26), while the WolfPack hit a game high 34.8 percent (11-3-23).
TWU dominated the early part of the third set and took a 9-5 lead, but Kyle Behiels had back-to-back aces to bring the match to 10-10. From there on it was the Spartans making the runs. TWU led 16-12 after a Leigh Goossen (Kelowna, B.C.) ace and took the margin to the end of the set winning 25-16 and taking a 2-1 lead. TWU completely turned around their attack hitting for 56.2 percent (10-1-16), while TRU dropped to 11.5 percent (10-7-26).
The WolfPack didn’t have a chance in the final set. With the teams tied at 4-4, the Spartans Scott Plocktis served seven times to give TWU an 11-4 lead. The Spartans would take a 16-7 lead into the media break, before closing off the set 25-12, and the match 3-1. TWU hit at 55 percent (12-1-20), while TRU hit at negative 13 percent (5-8-23).
The Spartans will now head to Kelowna, B.C. to play UBC Okanagan. Match time is set for 8 p.m. (PT), and can be seen live on Canadawest.TV. TRU will head home to host Regina. Match time in Kamloops, BC is set for 7 p.m. (PT) on both nights.
Game Notes: The Spartans finished the night with a 13-4 edge in service aces and a 9-4 edge in team blocks…TWU finished the night hitting at 35.6 percent (44-13-87), while TRU finished at 13.7 percent (35-22-95) … In the fourth set the Spartans were an impressive 13-13 in Side-out opportunities…TWU finished the night at 70 percent, 51-72…TRU finished at 52 percent, 50-96… TWU fourth year Libero Mark Antoniuk (Langley, B.C.) had a season high seven digs for the Spartans…