MONTREAL – The Trinity Western men's volleyball team remained unbeaten through five preseason games, as the Spartans beat Montreal 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22) Tuesday.
Coming off a pair of wins over perennial power Laval, the Spartans blocking continued to roll against the Carabins, as TWU collected 15 blocks over the four-setter.
The Spartans came roaring out in the first set, earning seven blocks and three aces. However, with a few adjustments, Montreal turned the tables in the second set, holding TWU without a block nor an ace.
The teams settled into a back-and-forth match in the third and fourth sets, with TWU picking up a combined eight blocks and two aces in two three-point wins.
Head Coach Ben Josephson
"It was a super competitive game. These Quebec teams are really good. Montreal had this great blocking scheme where they slowed down everything we hit and their defence was absolutely incredible. Their opposite player has one of the wickedest off-shoulder cutback shots that we've ever seen. It took a long time to figure that out. Their setter is a national team kid, so he's really tricky and they have big middles and pass the ball so well. So it was a really challenging team with a very different style. I thought Jesse Elser (Calgary) had his best match with us. He was really solid all match long.
"Now we're going to grab a meal together with Montreal and get to know them a bit and then we will move on and get to play the Royal Military College. "
The Spartans continue their Eastern Canada Tour against RMC Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. (ET).