The Trinity Western Spartans rebounded from their first loss of the season with a pair of victories over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
The Spartans won 3-0 (25-17,25-12,25-23) last Friday and 3-1 (25-18,22-25,25-16,25-12) on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre to improve to 13-1 and maintain their No. 1 ranking in the most recent U Sports polls.
“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,” said 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.”
Ryan Sclater led TWU with 21 kills, six digs and three aces on Saturday while Blake Scheerhoorn added 13 kills, four digs and a pair of aces. Scott Plocktis chipped in with seven kills, eight digs and three aces.
Friday’s victory was a balanced attack with Jacob Kern and Sclater each tallying nine kills. Aaron Boettcher had five blocks and Pearce Eshenko had five aces, including four on a single serving run.
A pair of straight-sets victories improved the TWU women’s volleyball team’s winning streak to 10 matches and they now sit at 13-1 and ranked third in the country.
The Spartans beat the visiting TRU WolfPack 3-0 both nights at the LEC.
“I was really pleased with how our team played tonight. TRU raised their level of play tonight which made us go to another level as well,” said TWU head coach Ryan Hofer. “It was fun volleyball. It was fun to coach it, to watch it and be a part of it.”
Sophie Carpentier led the way with 20 kills and 10 digs while Elizabeth Wendel had 14 and seven, respectively, in Saturday’s win.
The Spartans won 25-23 in the first two sets and 25-21 in the third.
In Friday’s match, TWU won by scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-20.
Carpentier and Wendel had 11 kills and three aces apiece while Nikki Cornwall led the offence with 31 assists, four kills and eight digs.
Both Spartan volleyball teams are in action this weekend in Kelowna against the UBC Okanagan Heat.