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SPARTANS KNOCK OFF YORK ON BANNER-RAISING NIGHT

SPARTANS KNOCK OFF YORK ON BANNER-RAISING NIGHT

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western's men's volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-13) over York in preseason action Friday at the Langley Events Centre.

On the night the Spartans raised their Canada West championship banner, TWU, who was ranked first in the Canada West preseason poll, was the better team throughout, hitting .309 as a team and earning an 11-0 edge in blocks.

Aaron Boettcher (Surrey, B.C.), who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, had a team-high six blocks, while Pearson Eshenko(Banff, Alta.) added three.

Jacob Kern (Edmonton) led TWU with nine kills, with Jackson Howe (Calgary) nabbing seven kills from the outside.

York's Tyler Covach had seven kills, while Andrew Shotbolt added six kills.

The Lions had 17 serving errors and just one ace. TWU had 14 errors to four aces.

The Spartans offence was flying in the first set, as TWU hit .474 and 12 kills, including a variety pack of highlight variety offerings.

The second set saw York respond, as the visitors had 12 kills to TWU's eight, but it was the home side with a .125 hitting percentage to the Lions .091 that proved to be the difference.

TWU's attack returned to its first-set efficiency, hitting .417 in the third set and cruising to the win.

The Spartans and Lions meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. (PT) at the LEC.

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TWU Head Coach Ben Josephson
"It was an amazing atmosphere. The crowd was awesome. The Spartan Faithful was great and we had a few Christian high schools out, which made for a really fun night of hosting. It was a great opening night of festivities.

"Other than serving, I was really happy with the match. I thought our block defence was great. I thought a lot of things we're working on offensively were great. We hit the ball really high and didn't get blocked because we kept the ball in disciplined zones.

"But we were trying to do some things serving and we just didn't do it. We made the same mistakes routinely and that is something that we need to figure out. In this game, you have to give something to get something and we were giving something without getting something. We have better players than that and I was really frustrated about it and we had a conversation and I'm confident we will never see that again. Other than that, I was very pleased with where we're at on Oct. 19th."

About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.

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