Box Score

Scheduled Game: @Saskatchewan- CW Playoffs


TWU Spartans252123211
Saskatchewan Huskies232525253« FINAL


Game Date: 2/20/2004Location: U of S
Game Time: 8:00Attendance: 638
TWU SpartansSaskatchewan Huskies
TWU Spartans
2Seth Schalk410321.333001260300
3Chris Kennedy4203.667012010000
4Josh Howatson4116.0003914030200
5Jeff Stel46613.000012251200
6Chris Roy413328.357002000500
7Chris Meehan47010.700112000600
8Jason Hofer4000.000000270000
9Steve Rogalsky2000.000000000000
10Justin Pankratz4427.286011000500
12Jaben Schalk4000.000000010000
15Jon Rowe3000.000100000000
Saskatchewan Huskies
2Brandon Needham47110.600100030100
3Scott Mitchell3000.000000000000
6Joel Ens413622.318012261110
7Eric Green4000.000000260000
10Darren Dove410216.500025010420
12Andrew Lockert49519.211102031110
13Adam Ens420838.316224190100
15Nathan Johnson4304.7505411062200

Game Recap

Game Recap

Men's Volleyball (playoff game)
Saturday, February 21, 2004
TWU Spartans (1) at the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (3)
(23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21)

Sit and Wait

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - The Trinity Western University men's volleyball team would liked to have won their way into the Canada West Final Four. But after dropping the second straight game of their quarterfinal series to the University of Saskatchewan, the Spartans will now have to wait and see if they still have a birth in the Final Four. Despite the 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21) loss to the Huskies the Spartans can still earn a spot in the tournament if Manitoba defeats UBC and Alberta defeats Winnipeg.

"The guys fought harder and played a lot better tonight," said TWU head coach Ron Pike. "We just couldn't find a rhythm to play when the pressure balls were there. We did okay in the first set and were almost there in the third set. We just made some key errors. But overall we played much better."

After taking the first game of the best of three series 3-0 the Huskies were prepared for the Spartans. However, the Spartans were just as prepared as they came out and took the game to the Huskies hitting 47.6%. TWU got out to an early three point lead but Darren Dove (10 kills) tied the set at nine with a big block on Chris Roy (13 kills).

The Spartans would not let up as they went on a 7-2 scoring run that found them up 17-11. The Huskies would rally back behind Andrew Lockert (9 kills) as the huskies cut into the Spartan lead getting it down to 21-20. The Spartans and Huskies traded points before TWU took the set 25-23.
The second set saw the Spartans riding the momentum, but the Huskies would not go quietly as they scored four unanswered points t o lead 11-7. The Spartans would answer back with four straight points of their own to tie the game at 12. Playing side out ball the Huskies could not pull away from TWU. Sparked by Joel Ens (13 kills) the Huskies took a 21-17 lead. The Spartans would come back to cut the lead to 22-20. That's when the Ens brothers went to work. Adam Ens (20 kills, 9 digs) hit a giant kill to put the Huskies up 24-21, Joel Ens finished the set on his own kill giving the Huskies a 25-21 win.

The third set was more of the same as both teams fought to get the upper hand tying the set on five different occasions. Coming down the stretch the Huskies found themselves up 23-21. Again Adam Ens would lead the Huskies scoring the last three Huskie points to take the set 25-23.

Knowing they needed to win the set to earn a berth in the final four the Huskies were all business hitting 35.7% of their attacks and going on an 8-1 scoring run to take a 19-13 lead. TWU rallied to come back as the Huskies could not put them away. Cutting the lead to 21-18 the Spartans looked like they would climb back into the game. Joel Ens would lead a Huskies serge of three points pushing the lead to 23-19. The Huskies would continue to hold off the TWU attack, Nathan Johnson (54 set assists) set up Adam Ens for his third set ending kill and the Huskies had the set 25-21 and the match 3-1.

Chris Roy with 13 kills and Seth Schalk with 10 kills and 6 digs led the Spartans, while Adam Ens led the Huskies with 20 kills and 9 digs.

The Spartans will make the Canada West Final Four if the number #1seed University of Manitoba and the #2 seed University of Alberta win their quarterfinal matches. Manitoba is currently leading the University of British Columbia 1-0, while Alberta and the University of Winnipeg are going to match three after splitting the first two matches.

If the Spartans do qualify for the Final Four, at the University of Manitoba, they would play in the semi-final match against the University of Manitoba on Friday, February 27. By qualifying for the Canada West Final Four the Spartans would also earn a birth at this year's Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championship. The CIS championship tournament will be held in Laval, PQ March 26-28, 2004.

Match Notes: Saskatchewan hit at a 36% clip to TWU's 31%...the Spartans had 12.5 blocks to the Huskies 9 blocks...Saskatchewan had 6 service aces, while TWU had 5...





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