Exhibition: Day 3: Host Trinity Western win Spartans Classic
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Wednesday at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.
FINAL: TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (3) CALGARY DINOS (0)
(25-22, 25-14, 27-25)
Trinity Western won the warm-up tournament. Now it's time to prepare for the real thing. In a dry-run for hosting the CIS nationals in March, TWU won the Spartans Holiday Classic in impressive fashion, with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 27-25) win in the final over Calgary Wednesday night.
The Spartans were the better side in every major statistical category as they proved to be the superior team on this night. Trinity Western outhit Calgary (23.8 per cent to 5.2 per cent), out-killed Calgary (45-28), out-blocked Calgary (10-2.5) and out-dug Calgary (42-36).
Setter Ben Ball led the team with an impressive 43 assists, which is only four assists off the Spartans record for most assists in a three-set game, which is held by Josh Howatson who had 47 assists against Calgary Jan. 21, 2006. Doornenbal had a game-high 13 kills, while Mikiah Schalk had 11. Libero Jarrod Offereins finished with 12 digs while Dan Jansen Van Doorn had seven blocks.
For Calgary, it was Graham Vigrass with 10 kills leading the Dinos while Jay Blankenau had 20 assists and Blake Giles had 12 digs.
THIRD PLACE: QUEEN'S GAELS (3) UBC T-BIRDS (2) (25-21,
22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-11)
It took five sets, and a long five sets at that, but the Queen's Gaels finally got past a feisty, never-quit UBC team 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-11) in the bronze medal game at the Spartans Holiday Classic Wednesday night.
Trailing 2-1 in sets, Queen's fought back with a strong fourth set and completed the rally in the fifth when Bryan Fautley iced the cake with the final kill.
For Queen's, it was Zeeman with 20 kills and Fautley with 13. Jackson Dakin led the team with 27 assists and nine digs. Michael Amoroso had a game-high eight blocks.
The T-Birds were led by Kozak, who finished with 17 kills, and Ben Chow, who had 16 kills. Ian Perry had 43 assists and Blair Bann registered 14 digs.
GM9: FRASER VALLEY VC (3) THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK (0)
(25-22, 25-23, 25-23)
The Fraser Valley Volleyball Club Men utilized a mixed bag of a roster – one that included Thompson Rivers assistant coach Drew Venables – to knock off TRU 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) in both teams' final games of the Spartans Holiday Classic Wednesday afternoon.
Former Spartan Steven Marshall finished with 14 kills while Branden Schmidt and Nick Del Bianco each had 10 for FVVC. Venables also added two assists and two blocks.
Ryan Talsma led TRU with six kills while Aleks Saddlemyer and Michael Hammond each had four
TUESDAY at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.
GM5: TRU WOLFPACK (0) VS UBC-OKANAGAN HEAT (0) (25-16,
19-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Led by Kevin Tillie's 12 kills and four aces the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack opened day two of the Spartan Holiday Classic with a 3-1 win (25-16, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19) over the UBC-Okanagan Heat in the tournament's lone consolation semi-final match of the day.
Attacking efficiency proved to be the difference in the match as the WolfPack finished the match at 20 percent hitting, while the Heat finished at 4.2 percent. Both teams were strong from the end line with TRU having 10 aces, while UBC-O had nine aces. The WolfPack had the edge at the net with 10 team blocks to the Heat's seven blocks.
In addition to Tillie the WolfPack had strong play from Casey Knight, with eight kills, five digs and four blocks and Alex Davis with five kills, three aces and five blocks. The Heat were led by Nate Speijer with 12 kills, two aces and six digs and Mark Broome with eight kills, five aces and five digs.
GM6: CALGARY (3) UBC (1) (25-20, 22-25, 25-15,
The No. 3 ranked Calgary Dinos booked their spot in the Spartan Holiday Classic with an efficient 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-15, 25-22) win over the UBC Thunderbirds Tuesday evening.
The Dinos hit 42.3 per cent compared to just 21.1 per cent from UBC and Calgary utilized momentum from a dominant fourth set – one in which they hit 68.4 per cent – to earn a place in the tournament final Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. against Trinity Western.
The Dinos were led by a wide ranging offense that saw them have four different players with double-digit kills (Graham Vigrass (12), Allen Meek (11), David Egan (11) and Curtis James (10)) and finish with a team hitting percentage of 42.3 per cent.
Calgary's Jay Blankenau had a game-high 44 assists and also led the Dinos with nine digs. Vigrass led his team with five blocks. For UBC, Ben Chow had a team-high 11 kills while Blair Bann led the T-Birds with eight digs and Chris Klassen led with 21 assists.
The T-Birds will now play Queen's Wednesday at 6 p.m.
GM7: TRINITY WESTERN (3) QUEEN'S (1) (25-23, 19-25,
An impressive 21-kill performance from Rudy Verhoeff helped No. 4 ranked Trinity Western to a 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21) victory over Queen's in the Spartans Holiday Classic semifinal Tuesday night.
The win puts the Spartans in the tournament final where they will face No. 3 ranked Calgary Wednesday at 8 p.m., while Queen's will play the UBC Thunderbirds at 6 p.m.
After Verhoeff's 21 kills, it was Josh Doornenbal with 11 for TWU and Lucas Van Berkel with seven. Ben Ball had a game-high 44 assists and Verhoeff and Van Berkel each had four blocks. For Queen's, Zeeman and Niko Rukavina each had 14 kills while Bryan Fautley had 11. Daniel Rosenbaum had 31 assists and Michael Amoroso had five blocks.
Queen's won the attacking percentage battle 32.1 per cent to 26.5 per cent. While TWU out-blocked Queen's 9.5 to 7.5 and out-aced Queen's seven to three.
GM1: UBC (3) DALHOUSIE (0) (25-22, 28-26, 25-23)
The UBC Thunderbirds got off to a quality start in the opening contest of the Spartans Holiday Classic, garnering a 3-0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-23) win over No. 8 ranked Dalhousie Monday afternoon.
The Thunderbirds utilized a huge rally in the third set, coming back from a 17-11 deficit to get the 25-23 win, and a decided attacking advantage – hitting 26.0 per cent to 12.6 per cent – to knock off the Tigers and move on to the semifinal where they’ll play Calgary Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., while Dalhousie will play the UBC-O Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
The T-Birds Ben Chow finished with a game high 13 kills while Ian Perry had 31 assists and Jeff Ross had two blocks, while Dalhousie’s Rauwerda led his team with eight kills while Angus Rhuland had 31 assists.
GM2: QUEEN’S (3) THOMPSON RIVERS (0) (25-16,
The Queen’s Gaels took flight early, swooned slightly in the third set but still managed to defeat the No. 9 ranked Thompson Rivers WolfPack in straight sets with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-22) win Monday afternoon in the first round of the Spartans Holiday Classic.
The win, one in which neither team was particularly good offensively – Queen’s attacked 20.0 per cent while TRU hit 15.7 per cent – the Gaels were the better side in regards to service aces, 7-4, blocking, 5-1, and digs, 28-25, en route to earning a spot in tomorrow’s semifinals.
The Gaels Zeeman led his team with nine kills and two service aces and finished tied with teammate Michael Amoroso with four blocks. Setter Jackson Dakin had a game high 25 assists.
For TRU, it was Kevin Tillie leading the WolfPack with 12 kills, four service aces and nine digs. Setters Colin Carson and Mike Hawkins split duties as they had 15 and 13 assists respectively.
Queen’s will match up with host Trinity Western University Tuesday night at 8 p.m., while the WolfPack will now play FVVC Men Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.
GM3: CALGARY (3) UBC-OKANAGAN (0) (25-14, 25-15,
The No. 3 ranked Calgary Dinos were simply the better team in, quite literally, every aspect of Monday night’s game as they rolled to a strong 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-21) win over the UBC-Okanagan Heat in the first round of the Spartans Holiday Classic.
Calgary finished with a 45.2 hitting percentage compared to
UBC-Okanagan’s 11.4 per cent.
The Dinos were led offensively by Curtis James, who had 11 kills, and defensively by Blake Giles, who had a game high 10 digs. The Heat were led by Nate Speijer and Mark Broome who had 11 and 10 kills respectively. Preston Tucker had a team high 25 assists and five digs.
Calgary will play the University of British Columbia in Tuesday’s first semi-final at 6 p.m., while the Heat will play Dalhousie in one of the consolation semifinals Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
GM4: TRINITY WESTERN (3) VS FRASER VALLEY VOLLEYBALL
CLUB (0) (25-18, 25-20, 25-19)
Trinity Western opened the Spartans Holiday Classic with a quick 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-20, 25-19) over FVVC Men (Fraser Valley Volleyball Club, which is a team built for this tournament of alumni and a few current Spartans) Monday night at the Langley Events Centre.
The win, which was in something of an intrasquad game, puts the Spartans in a semifinal matchup against Queen’s Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., while Fraser Valley will play Thompson Rivers Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. in the consolation semifinal.
For TWU, Dan Jansen Van Doorn and Rudy Verhoeff led the Spartans with eight kills each, which Mikiah Schalk had seven. Ben Ball had 27 kills and Rudy Verhoeff led the team with nine digs.
The FVVC squad was led by Steven Marshall who finished with 12 kills and Matt Zbyszewski who had seven kills. Micah Jansen Van Doorn and Joel Jansen each had 11 assists.
January 3rd, 2010
Game 1 1pm: UBC 3 v Dalhousie 0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-23)
Game 2 3pm: TRU 0 v Queen's 3 (25-16, 25-21, 25-22)
Game 3 6pm: Calgary 3 v UBC-Okanagan 0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-21)
Game 4 8pm: TWU 3 v FVVC Men 0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-19)
January 4th, 2010
Game 6 3pm: TRU 3 v UBC-Okanagan 1 : (25-16, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Game 7 6pm: UBC 1 v Calgary 3 (25-20, 22-25, 25-15, 25-22)
Game 8 8pm: Queen's 1 v TWU 3 (25-23, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21)
January 5th, 2010
Game 9 1pm: Dalhousie 2 v UBC-Okanagan 1 (25-20, 26-24, 28-30) shortened match
Game10 3pm: TRU 0 v FVVC Men 3 (25-22, 25-23, 25-23)
Game11 6pm: Bronze: UBC 2 v Queens 3 (25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-11)
Game12 8pm: Championship: Calgary 0 v TWU 3 (25-22, 25-14, 27-25)
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