Spartans Win Quarter Final Series To End Wesmen Season

Spartans Win Quarter Final Series To End Wesmen Season

Files from Trinity Western Sports Informaton

LANGLEY, British Columbia – First-year Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) led the No. 1-ranked Spartans with 14 kills, five aces and three blocks as Trinity Western completed a Canada West quarter-final sweep of No. 9 Winnipeg with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-20) win in Game 2 Friday at the Langley Events Centre. With the win, the Spartans advanced to the Canada West Final Four and earned a ticket to the U SPORTS national championship.

The defending conference and national champion Spartans put on an impressive showing, beating a strong Winnipeg side in three sets and holding the Wesmen to a .108 hitting percentage. The Spartans hit .275 as a team, with Loeppky hitting .455 himself.

With the Spartans first opportunity at match-point, TWU middle Aaron Boettcher (Surrey, B.C.) put a thunderous exclamation point on the series with a bomb over the middle that ended the series in empathic fashion.

Beyond Loeppky, who finished with 21 points, TWU fifth-year Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) had 13 kills to go with a match-high nine digs, while setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) had 34 assists and seven digs.

Casey Schouten had nine kills and five aces to lead Winnipeg, while Brendan Thielmann added seven kills.

The first set was tight in the early stages until Schouten went to the serving line and helped Winnipeg turn a 7-7 tie into an 11-7 lead. But after the Wesmen had built their lead to 15-8, the Spartans Boettcher served TWU back into the set, guiding the home side to a 7-0 run that tied the set 15-15. The teams traded points until 20-20, when TWU took over, scoring five of the last seven points to win the set. Despite Winnipeg hitting .227 compared to TWU's .212, the Spartans escaped with the win.

In the second set, a Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) serving run put TWU up 15-8. From there, TWU, who hit .370 in the set, rolled to a nine-point win, which was capped by back-to-back kills from Sclater.

The third set was something of a Loeppky showcase, as the youngster collected seven kills, three blocks and an ace to lead TWU to a five-point win. After Winnipeg went up 11-9, Schriemer served the Spartans to the technical timeout via a 7-0 run. Winnipeg was never closer than three points the rest of the way and with consecutive kills from Boettcher, TWU sealed the win.