Box Score

Scheduled Game: @Saskatchewan- CW Playoffs


TWU Spartans2117210
Saskatchewan Huskies2525253« FINAL


Game Date: 2/19/2004Location: UofS
Game Time: 7:00Attendance: 240
TWU SpartansSaskatchewan Huskies
TWU Spartans
2Seth Schalk35213.231001140100
3Chris Kennedy1314.500000100000
4Josh Howatson3001.0001955020200
5Jeff Stel32411-.182002130000
6Chris Roy2519.444001010000
7Chris Meehan37010.700003002110
8Jason Hofer3000.000000320000
9Steve Rogalsky34215.133002010100
10Justin Pankratz3205.400000001101
12Jaben Schalk3000.000000000000
Saskatchewan Huskies
2Brandon Needham3216.167001040500
4Mike Walch1000.000000000000
6Joel Ens36113.385102050100
7Eric Green3000.000100240000
10Darren Dove3226.000004031410
12Andrew Lockert312118.611042050300
13Adam Ens311116.625023350300
15Nathan Johnson3204.5003301001000

Game Recap

Game Recap

Men's Volleyball (playoff game)
Saturday, February 20, 2004
TWU Spartans (0) at the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (3)
(25-21, 25-17, 25-21)

Spartans Drop Game One to Huskies

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - It was not the way the Trinity Western University men's volleyball team wanted game one to go. The Spartans, who are 2-0 (3-2, 3-1 at TWU) in league against the Huskies, were hoping to build on their regular season success as they opened the Canada West quarterfinals against the University of Saskatchewan. But this week's matches are in Saskatoon and the Dog's, who are 8-3 at home this year, used their home court advantage and to take game one of the best of three series 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-21).

The Spartans just couldn't get their attack going tonight and as a result they were forced to rally after falling behind early in each of the three sets. But each time the Spartans got close the Huskies managed to take control at the end each set to secure the win.

"Our passing just wasn't good enough tonight," said TWU head coach Ron Pike. "Josh [Howatson] kept us in the match with his serving from the baseline, and [Chris] Meehan was effective when we got him the ball. But with our passing being off we just could not get the ball to him enough."

TWU setter Josh Howatson and middle Chris Meehan were two of the bright spots for the Spartans tonight. Howatson had solid match serving with five aces, while Meehan contributed seven kills (70%) and three blocks.

After being down by five points early in the first set, the Spartans rallied by the technical timeout and only trailed the Huskies by one point, 16-15. But Saskatchewan used the timeout to regroup and scored three straight points to open up a 20-16 lead. TWU responded by taking five of the next seven points to close the gap to one point, 22-21. But the Huskies took the final four points to close out the set 25-21.

Saskatchewan was all business in the second set. Paced by a 55% attack efficiency the Huskies jumped out to a 13-6 lead. Again the Spartans rallied to cut the lead to four points, 20-16. But the Huskies maintained their composure and closed out the set 25-17.

In the third set the Huskies' attack got even better - 64.7%. Saskatchewan rode their potent offense to a 12-5 lead at the start of the set. But TWU's Chris Meehan rallied the Spartans as they took nine of the next 11 points to tie the set at 14. The two teams played side-out ball until the match was tied at 20. But then Saskatchewan closed the door on TWU with four straight points. Up 24-20 the Huskies closed out the set 25-21 to take the match 3-0.

The two squads will suit up for match two Friday night at Saskatchewan's PAC. Match two of the best of three series is set for an 8:00 pm start.

Match Notes: The Spartans road to the CIS national's just got a little bumpier as the number five seed Winnipeg Wesmen took the first match of their best of three with the University of Alberta, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 29-27)...The three winning teams and the next highest seed will advance to the Canada West final four and the CIS National Championship.... Andrew Lockert led the Huskies wit 12 kills and four service aces...





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