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SCHEERHOORN LEADS SPARTANS TO PRESEASON WIN OVER QUEEN’S

SCHEERHOORN LEADS SPARTANS TO PRESEASON WIN OVER QUEEN’S

KINGSTON, Ontario – Playing close to his Ontario home and in his older brother's old gym, Trinity Western's Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) put on quite a show, collecting 19 kills without committing a single attacking error, as he helped the Spartans to a 3-0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-18) win over Queen's at the Queen's Invitational Friday.

Scheerhoorn was instrumental in TWU's win as they battled through a difficult first two sets, before finding a rhythm and cruising to a convincing third-set win.

"Blake had a monster night," said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. "It was a really special performance for him and really cool to see."

The Spartans were down late in both the first and second sets, but on both occasions, they rallied.

"Queen's is a good, tough opponent," said Josephson, whose team came back from 23-20 to win the second set and seize the momentum. "They pass really well and they put a lot of pressure on our servers and we ended up missing a lot. Because they were passing so well, they put pressure on our block and our block never really got a handle on their hitters. We really had to scramble to stay in the game. It was good test for us to play a smaller, scrappier, ball-control team. They neutralized our size advantage with the way they played.

In the third set, TWU found its serving form and rolled to a much less dramatic win.

"I thought our guys figured it out and then made really good plays," Josephson said. "In the third set, we really started to get rolling from the baseline."

The Spartans play Montreal in the second of three tournament games Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET).

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