Files from Trinity Western University Spartans Sports Information
LANGLEY, British Columbia – It was a three-set win for the No. 1-ranked Spartans, but the match was far from a blowout as Trinity Western pulled out all three sets to win 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 over No. 9 Winnipeg in Game 1 of the Canada West Quarter-Finals Thursday at the Langley Events Centre.
With both teams' offences clicking – TWU hit .415 and Winnipeg hit .300 – the Spartans edged the Wesmen late in all three sets thanks in large part to the play of Blake Scheerhoorn and Ryan Sclater.
Scheerhoorn finished the match hitting .452 and collecting 16 kills, while Sclater hit .500 and had 11 kills.
Guiding the dueling offences were setters Adam Schriemer, who had 36 assists, and the Wesmen's Mikael Glegg, who had 34 assists.
TWU had seven blocks to Winnipeg's 3.5. The Wesmen had a 5-4 edge in aces.
The Spartans are now 9-1 on home court all-time against Winnipeg in the playoffs and 10-3 overall in the post-season.
Game 2 is Friday at 10:30 p.m. (Winnipeg Time) at the LEC.
Hitting .625 as a team, the Spartans got past the Wesmen, who hit .333, in the opening set by three points. Scheerhoorn had six kills for a Spartans side that had 16 kills and just one attacking error. Garrett Jones and Brendan Thielmann had four kills each for Winnipeg. With the score tied 21-21, the Spartans ended the set with a 4-1 run, including two kills from Scheerhoorn and one from Sclater, to take the set.
The second set was another tight one as the teams were tied 22-22 before TWU scored three of the final four points to win the set. Scheerhoorn ripped his fifth kill of the set to give the Spartans the win. Through two sets, Scheerhoorn had 11 kills without a single attacking error. In a set that featured 14 tie scores and seven lead changes, the Wesmen's Schouten led the way offensively for Winnipeg with four kills. TWU, who had four blocks in the set, hit .321 while Winnipeg hit .273.
In the third set, the Spartans appeared primed to win by their biggest margin of the night after taking a 23-18 lead. But with Schouten at the serving line, the Wesmen scored four straight points to close within one point. However, a Winnipeg attacking error set up match-point for TWU and after Winnipeg got one point back, a Pearce Eshenko kill sealed the win.