Outside hitter Brodie Hofer led the way for the Spartans with 19 kills, five aces, three digs, and two blocks for 25 points. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Outside hitter Brodie Hofer led the way for the Spartans with 19 kills, five aces, three digs, and two blocks for 25 points. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

TWU men and women volleyball team defeat Manitoba’s Brandon Bobcats

The Spartans will host week two of the Canada West playoffs

After dropping the first two sets, table leaders, Trinity Western Spartans, pulled off a dramatic comeback to defeat the rank 10 Brandon Bobcats 3-2 in Canada West playoff action Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre.

The victory gave the Spartans a 3-0 record in pool play while dropping the Bobcats to 2-1.

Outside hitter Brodie Hofer led the way for the Spartans with 19 kills, five aces, three digs, and two blocks for 25 points.

The Bobcats had a solid start to the match and took an early 8-6 lead over the Spartans. The two sides were evenly matched, then with Brandon leading 10-9, the Bobcats were able to score six of the next nine points to lead 16-12 at the technical timeout.

Brandon expanded their lead to six points, 20-14, before Trinity Western mounted a comeback. With the Bobcats leading 23-16, the Spartans rallied to cut the deficit to one point with a 7-1 run to trail 24-23.

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TWU could not even the set as Brandon took the next point to take the opening set 25-23.

The two teams were even in the second set, with TWU up 8-7.

“If we want to finish the season the way we want to, we have to win games when things aren’t going our way. I walked into the huddle [after going down two sets], and my direct quote was ‘we’re going to find out a lot about ourselves tonight,’ said head coach Ben Josephson.

From there, the Spartans looked to take control and led the Bobcats by five points, 16-11, at the technical break.

The Spartans had a better start to the third set. TWU jumped out to a three-point, 8-5 lead before taking a 16-10 lead at the technical break. The Spartans continued to control the set closed to within one set with a 25-14 win.

Trinity Western’s women’s team, too, swept the Brandon Bobcats Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre. The number 1 Spartans remain the top seed after finishing the opening round of the Canada West Playoffs with a perfect 3-0 record.

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Meaghan Mealey led the charge for the Spartans with 11 kills, three digs and a block in their Saturday night sweep of the Bobcats.

Opening up on Friday, March 11 against the Saskatchewan Huskies (11-10), the Spartans will host week two of the Canada West playoffs. Next, on Sunday, the Spartans will host the Calgary Dinos (15-6).

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