LANGLEY, B.C. (from TWU Spartans) — No. 1-ranked Trinity Western continued its winning ways, capturing its 13th win in a row with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-17) victory over Regina Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
After managing to win an inefficient opening set, the Spartans (17-1) found their form in the second and third sets, running away with a convincing three-set victory over the Cougars (1-17).
Second-year left side Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.) led TWU with 15 kills while hitting .423 and adding four aces. Pearson Eshenko (Banff, Alta.) had a match-high eight blocks.
The Cougars Brennan Goski and Matthew Aubrey had six kills apiece to lead Regina.
The Spartans finished the night hitting .284, compared to Regina, who was .000.
TWU had an 11-4 edge in blocks.
The Spartans escaped with the first set despite hitting just .100 as a team. TWU opened the night with a 5-0 run, but Regina got right back in it, making for a tight first set. With Regina leading 23-22, the Spartans finished the set with three straight points, capped by a Loeppky kill. The Cougars hit .000 in the set.
The Spartans turned in a much more efficient second set, hitting .429 and rolling to an eight-point win. Loeppky had five kills for a TWU side that collected five blocks in the set. Regina was held to a .033 hitting percentage.
In the third set, TWU marched out to a 9-4 lead and were in complete control throughout the set. Hitting .391, the Spartans pulled away for another eight-point win, which saw TWU nab four more blocks.
The Spartans have a bye next week before travelling to Calgary to play the Dinos Feb. 2-3. The Cougars are on the road again next weekend as they play MacEwan Jan. 26-27.