GUELPH, Ont. – Trinity Western won its second straight game at the Gryphon Invitational to remain unbeaten on its Eastern Canada Tour, knocking off Queen's 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-23) Saturday.
Led by Jacob Kern (Edmonton), who had 15 kills and four blocks while hitting .522, and Ben Lieuwen (Abbotsford, B.C), who had 16 kills and hit .462, TWU rolled to a convincing win, hitting .425 as team.
TWU libero Carter Bergen (Winnipeg) had a strong night defensively, picking up 13 digs, while setter Adam Schriemer (Winnipeg) guided the offence with 41 assists.
TWU is 7-0 on its Eastern Canada Tour and 9-0 overall in the preseason.
The Spartans beat Guelph
Head Coach Ben Josephson
"It was a really nice response game from yesterday, when things weren't super clean or well-played in a lot of phases. Tonight, I thought we cleaned up a lot of things. We hit really efficiently. We got our right-side attack going with Kern, who was awesome. He was a beast and was the player of the game. Ben Lieuwen was amazing too. When your two high-volume guys are also really efficient, that makes for a really good match. And Bergen had a huge number of digs in just three sets.
"It was a really good game overall. We hit really well and blocked really well. It was well-played. But I sensed in the third set that we were absolutely out of gas. They made us earn every point and that was exhausting. I think the team is toast and we need to get home. But we have one more tomorrow and then we get to come home."
The Spartans will play Waterloo Sunday at 11 a.m. (ET) to wrap up their Eastern Canada Tour.