LAVAL, Que. – After seeing Laval bounce back from a two-set deficit, the Trinity Western men's volleyball team responded with a strong fifth set to hold off the Rouge et Or and earn a 3-2 (25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 15-12) win Saturday.
Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) led the Spartans with another impressive night, scoring 18 kills, while hitting .400, and adding two aces and five blocks. Pearson Eshenko (Banff, Alta.) was again dominant in the middle, tallying a whopping 13 blocks to go with 11 kills.
In typical fashion, star outside Vicente Villalobos led Laval with 17 kills.
TWU had 14.5 blocks, while Laval had six blocks.
Head Coach Ben Josephson
"It was another great battle with a great volleyball team. I don't think that we necessarily played any worse than yesterday, but I thought they raised their level. They made a few changes to their lineup in the third set and that gave them new life. They're outside player (Vicente Villalobos) is incredible. We set up perfectly on him so many times, but he still found a way to score. I have to believe that's how people feel about Eric at times too. Those two have to be two of the best scorers in the country and they both put on a show.
"Their middles were really good, especially in the second half of the match offensively. And their passing is incredible. Last night, we were able to serve them into trouble all over the place, but tonight, their passers responded really well and that's no surprise because their assistant coach is the best passer in Canadian history.
"It all made for a really intense and hard-fought battle. It was a great crowd and these two games in Laval have been everything we dreamed they would be. I hope Laval seems the same way. It's nothing but a super classy organization and university. It's an honour for us to get a chance to play here."
The Spartans will continue their Eastern Canada Tour with a game against Montreal Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. (ET).