Box Score

Scheduled Game: ALBERTA*


Alberta Golden Bears262523303« FINAL
TWU Spartans242125281


Game Date: 1/4/2003Location: TWU Langley, BC
Game Time: 8:15Attendance: 150
Alberta Golden BearsTWU Spartans
Alberta Golden Bears
1Matt Johnson33411-.091002020210
2Ryan Taylor44212.1672604070200
3Anthony Szkultecki46212.333201040500
7Pascal Cardinal415329.414011060300
9Jeffrey Shigematsu4000.000000000000
11Colin Stephenson4003.0000000170000
12Ryan Speijer1114.000000010100
13Sandy Henderson29316.375000080100
14Leo Carroll47415.200111050400
17Brad Bell411527.2221140120100
TWU Spartans
1Ben Josephson4204.5004600081400
2Jaben Schalk4000.000110010000
3Chris Kennedy2237-.143001030010
6Chris Roy48625.080000030200
7Chris Meehan412218.556012021500
8Jason Hofer411728.143038050300
9Jeff Van Huizen4001.0000000110000
10Justin Pankratz48114.500103030520
11Jason Senechal2000.000000010000
14Luke Bainard49523.1740140110110

Game Recap

Game Recap

Men's Volleyball (Conference)
Saturday, January 04, 2003
TWU Spartans (1) vs. the University of Alberta Golden Bears (3)
(24-26, 21-25, 25-23, 28-30)

It's Not a Big Difference, But...

Langley, British Columbia - TWU's men's volleyball team fell to the visiting Alberta Golden Bears for the second consecutive night, but in far different fashion than the first match. In the end the scoreboard read 3-1 in favor of the Bears, but the individual game scores told more of the story of the night (24-26, 21-25, 25-23, 28-30).

The Spartans responded to last night's loss with determination and intensity, pushing the #1-ranked team in the country almost to the limit and forcing them to earn their points. However, instead of collapsing under the pressure Alberta responded with a similar effort, digging deep when they had to and again showing Spartan players and fans why they are the best in Canada.

It was evident immediately in the first set that tonight's match was going to be much different than the previous night's. The Spartans were finding the chinks in the Bears' armour, giving the players the confidence they needed to continue to fight for every point and contain any significant lead Alberta tried to attain. The emotion so lacking in TWU's play last night was back tonight, so that by the end of the match a casual observer would think these two teams were playing a match of much more significance than just a regular season matchup (perhaps it was?).

The fourth and final set was a rollercoaster ride of big plays by both teams that kept everyone in the gym on the edge of their seats. Time and again a Spartan or a Bear would make a seemingly impossible dig, a huge block or big kill to keep the opposing team within reach. Finally, Alberta hit a ball that was just out of reach of a diving Spartan defender, ending the game and match. On the upside, the Spartans proved how good they can be when their entire starting lineup is healthy and on the floor at the same time-good news for both the immediate and distant future.

Said Coach Ron Pike: "I don't enjoy losing, but I'm satisfied with our guys' effort tonight. I'm happy with how they responded [to last night]. Our middle was much more dominant tonight."

Alberta's Pascal Cardinal led both teams with 15 kills, while Chris Meehan led the Spartans with 12 kills (and 6 blocks).

Men's volleyball next plays at crosstown rival UBC next weekend, January 10 and 11, at 8:00pm.





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