GUELPH, Ont. – Trinity Western won its sixth straight game on its Eastern Canada Tour, opening the Gryphon Invitational with a 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 37-35, 25-18) win over host Guelph Friday.
After splitting the first two sets, the match swung the Spartans way after they edged Guelph with a wild 37-35 third set victory.
After having to come back from a deficit to win both the first and third sets, the Spartans seized momentum with their third-set win and rolled to the finish line with a convincing fourth set win.
Head Coach Ben Josephson
"That third was a crazy sideout game. An as usual in those types of sets, the team that loses has a hard time rallying and I think we capitalized on that momentum. It's hard in Guelph's position after losing a crazy one like that. You're tired and now a bit defeated. I felt like the whole match swung on that set.
"Overall though, it was a really competitive match again. We blocked the ball fairly well. I don't know if a lot of other things were fantastic. Nothing was bad, but I think Guelph just put us in trouble with how well they pass. None of our serves scored easily. It was hard to block them. They dug a lot of balls. It was just a difficult game for us and that's a credit to Guelph."
The Spartans will now play Queen's Saturday at 6 p.m. (ET) in their second match of the tournament.