LONDON, Ontario – Trinity Western kept its unbeaten preseason record intact with a 3-0 (26-24, 27-25, 25-21) win over Western Thursday.
The Spartans rallied from 24-22 deficits in both the first and second sets, before earning a more decisive third-set victory.
TWU hasn't played the Mustangs since losing to Western in back-to-back years in the national championship quarter-finals in 2013 and 2014. Western upset the No. 2-seeded Spartans in a five-set thriller in 2013, before duplicating the task against a No. 3-seeded TWU side in 2014.
The Spartans are now 5-0 on their Eastern Canada Tour.
Head Coach Ben Josephson
On Beating Western (Half-Joking)
"We won tonight in Western and that's the most surprising thing of all time. I didn't think it was possible to beat that team based on our experience against them. I'm pretty amazed that it's actually possible. I'll have to send a text to some of the old guys and tell them we achieved the impossible tonight and found a way to beat Western."
On Playing Western (Serious)
"They played us so tough. In both of the first two sets, we had to mount epic comebacks. It was pretty crazy volleyball. It's a really neat campus and a really cool old gym and it has a lot of character. It's just fun to see these different campuses and renew an old rivalry with a coach that I respect very much."
The Spartans will conclude their Eastern Canada Tour by playing in the Gryphon Men's Volleyball Invitational at the University of Guelph this weekend, starting with a match against the host team Friday at 8 p.m. (ET).