GUELPH, Ont. – The Trinity Western men’s volleyball team capped its Eastern Canada Tour with a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-11, 25-23) win over Waterloo in the Gryphon Invitational Sunday.


With the win, the Spartans finished their tour with a 3-0 record in the Gryphon Invitational and an 8-0 record overall on their tour. They are now 10-0 in preseason action.


After splitting the first two sets, the third set swung the Spartans way when setter Maddux Greves (Calgary) put together a 14-serve run to blow the game wide open in TWU’s favour.


In the final set, TWU battled back from a 20-12 deficit to win.


Ben Lieuwen (Abbotsford, B.C.) led the Spartans with 24 kills while hitting .514.



Head Coach Ben Josephson

“The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. We were just gassed, so we got use of some of our depth and saw some great lifts from our bench. Jackson Howe (Calgary) came in and gave us a great lift and we brought in Kaden Gamache (Abbotsford, B.C.) and he gave us a great lift. It was a really cool way to finish off and we saw a lot of inspired play. Ben Lieuwen had the best match of his career. He passed great and served great. (Libero) Carter Bergen (Winnipeg) had another incredible performance. And Maddux set really well today against an awesome opponent.


“It was a great tour. We played a lot of different styles, a lot of different teams and we ended up winning all of our matches, which is a little bit beyond expectations. But I’m super proud of all of the guys. Overall, I’m really happy with the tour.”



The Spartans return home and will prepare to play in the Blue Team Cup, which is hosted by TWU and UBC, Oct. 12-14.