Spartans cool down the Heat
Men’s Volleyball sweeps UBC-Okanagan.
Spartan volleyball fans who watched Trinity Western University’s games this past weekend saw a sight for sore eyes as Jarrod Offereins finally returned to the court. Offereins had missed the entire season up until this point with an ankle injury, but at long last he was able to ditch his crutches and get back on the floor. What was interesting, however, was the way in which coach Ben Josephson used Offereins in his return. Before getting hurt, Offereins had been the team’s setter for the Pan- Am cup back in the preseason.
However, even with Offereins back in the fold, Josephson stuck with red-hot first-year setter Scott Plocktis. Plocktis, playing in his hometown of Kelowna, responded with another huge, dare I say Ben Ball-esque, weekend. Plocktis recorded a total of 81 assists over nine sets of action to help lead the Spartans to a big weekend sweep on the road. Steven Marshall, who also dealt with a leg injury earlier in the year, has begun rounding into form as his kill totals have continued to climb as well.
The Spartans did not play particularly well; they certainly were not up to their usual standard. There were errors-a-plenty on the attack line, the service line, and at the net, as the Spartans let a middling team hang around in both matches. Luckily the Spartans got some clutch hitting from the likes of Lukas van Berkel and Daniel Jansen van Doorn to help put away both matches and get the sweep.
Coach Josephson is now faced with an incredibly difficult task moving forward as he must figure out how to set his rotations to get Offereins on the floor while still riding Plocktis’ hot hand. Look for coach Josephson to experiment with his substitutions after the Christmas break in an effort to figure out which six players work the best together.
With Offereins back and Marshall clearly now at 100%, the Spartans are beginning to look like the overwhelming preseason championship pick they were tabbed to be three months ago. The sweep, combined with a Brandon loss on the weekend, put TWU into sole possession of second place in the Canada West. The Spartans will return from the break with a series against those Brandon Bobcats, which could go a long way toward determining the host team for the Canada West Final Four.