LAVAL, Que. – Trinity Western's men's volleyball team opened its Eastern Canada Tour with a 3-1 (28-30, 27-25, 25-17, 25-17) win over Laval Friday night.
The Rouge et Or edged the two-time defending U SPORTS champion Spartans in the opening set, but TWU battled back to win three straight sets and the match.
Second-year Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) led the offence for the Spartans with 15 kills to go along with five aces. Jacbo Kern (Edmonton) had 11 kills and two aces.
Pearson Eshenko (Banff, Alta.) was named the game's MVP after he had nine blocks and seven kills.
Vicente Villalobos led Laval with 15 kills.
The Spartans finished with a 10-6 advantage in aces and 14.5 blocks to Laval's four.
The last time these two teams faced each other was in the national championship quarter-finals in 2014-15, when TWU earned a 3-0 win.
Head Coach Ben Josephson
"The first two sets were epic nail biters. It was pretty crazy volleyball. There were a lot of great rallies and cool plays. Slowly I thought we just got a little bit cleaner and our reception held up and our service slowly broke them down. We hit really efficient in the last two sets and they didn't. Our service game was great. Eric served great and Kern served great. We had a lot of guys serve well without missing a lot. And I don't think I've ever seen Pearse higher than he was today. He was awesome.
"It was a fun environment and that's one of the prettiest facilities I've ever seen.I'm excited for tomorrow. They have an amazing coaching staff, so I'm excited to see what they're going to cook up to try to beat us tomorrow."
The Spartans and Rouge et Or face each other again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (ET).