The Trinity Western Spartans men’s volleyball team retained their top ranking in the country while the women’s team jumped up a spot to No. 4.
Both teams were playing the UBC Thunderbirds in Canada West action with a home-and-home series as the men improved to 8-0 while the women now sit at 7-1.
The men’s team won 3-1 (25-16,16-25,25-23,32-30) on Friday at UBC’s War Memorial Gymnasium before rallying from an 0-2 hole on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre to prevail 3-2 (19-25,24-26,25-17,25-20,15-7).
The Spartans hit .323 over the final three sets and were led by Ryan Sclater’s 20 kills and five blocks while Eric Loeppky had 16 kills. Adam Schriemer had 50 assists and a dozen digs and Aaron Boettcher had seven blocks.
“It was a great battle and there were a few times that we just looked at each other on the bench and were amazed with the volleyball we were seeing,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson.
“(UBC) had a great plan and they came out firing. They were awesome and we had no answer for them in the first two sets. Then, slowly we started figuring things out and improving our reception, which gave Adam a chance to run our offence.”
Sclater and Loeppky also led the attack in Friday’s victory with 14 kills apiece.
The women’s team beat UBC 3-0 (25-23,25-18,25-12) the first night and 3-1 (25-19,25-19,25-27,25-18) the next.
Sophie Carpentier led the way on Saturday with 16 kills, seven digs and two aces while Elly Wendel had 11 kills, six blocks and two aces and Katie Devaney had eight kills, six blocks and two aces.
The teams are on the road this weekend with matches in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars.
“We have been talking a lot about consistency over an entire match and an entire weekend. I was pleased with how the team was so consistent with our serve and our attack and with our mindset,” said TWU coach Ryan Hofer.
Friday’s victory was highlighted by 14 aces for the Spartans, including four apiece from Carpentier and Nikki Cornwall.
Both Spartan teams close out the first semester schedule with road games in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars this weekend.