Trinity Western grounds T-Birds, push win streak to nine games

Spartan men's volleyball team improves to 16-4, book spot in Canada West playoffs

The Trinity Western Spartans have won nine straight matches after taking a pair of the UBC Thunderbirds.

The Spartans — ranked third in the country — won 3-1 (26-28,25-19,29-27,25-19) on Friday and 3-0 (27-25,25-20,25-17) on Saturday at UBC’s War Memorial Gymnasium. The T-Birds are ranked eighth in the country.

TWU improved to 16-4 and have qualified for the Canada West playoffs.

“The first two sets were a little sloppy and a little greasy,” said Spartans coach Ben Josephson, following the second match.

“They made some nice adjustments, but in the second set, our offence started clicking and then we started clamping down on a couple of things.

“Overall, I thought the guys won the greasy sets and then played really clean and smooth in the third set.”

The Spartans trailed 13-11 in the third set before scoring 14 of the final 18 points to complete the sweep.

Nick Del Bianco led the team with 14 kills while Branden Schmidt had eight blocks, Tyler Koslowsky had seven digs and Adam Schriemer delivered a pair of service aces.

Del Bianco and Ryan Sclater led the attack the first night with 16 and 15 kills, respectively, while Daniel Grant had 11 blocks.

A big key in the win was 11 service aces as Sclater, Del Bianco and Schmidt had three apiece and Schriemer had a pair.

The Spartans host the Saskatchewan Huskies this weekend in a pair of matches at the Langley Events Centre.