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SPARTANS FALL TO MONTREAL IN FIVE-SETTER AT QUEEN’S INVITATIONAL

SPARTANS FALL TO MONTREAL IN FIVE-SETTER AT QUEEN’S INVITATIONAL

KINGSTON, Ontario – In a battle of differing styles, it was ball control that won the day Saturday as the Trinity Western Spartans lost 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 27-29, 15-12) against Montreal Saturday at the Queen's Invitational.

After the Spartans were able to force a fifth and final set with a 29-27 fourth set win, the Carabins sealed the match with a 15-12 final set, despite trailing 10-8.

Blake Scheerhoorn (Belleville, Ont.) had 19 kills while Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) had 16 kills. Setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) had a match-high 50 assists and Carter Bergen (Winnipeg) had a match-high 17 digs.

"It was a really interesting match with two very conflicting styles," said Spartans coach Ben Josephson. "Their reception and digging was fantastic and when they were able to manage their shots into the vulnerable areas of our block, that was a great strength for them tonight. When we were able to control the ball, the speed and efficiency of our offence was great. But the big thing that jumps out was 32 missed serves for our team and just 16 for them. However, ultimately, it was two different styles and both teams were good at what they're good at. The result is disappointing but I'm excited about the things we're learning."

The Carabins had an outstanding performance from their setter Gabriel Chancy who fed the attack with 46 assists and chipped in defensively with 14 digs.

TWU will meet McMaster in a rematch of last year's CIS championship match Sunday at 11 a.m. (ET).

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