The Brandon University Bobcats pulled off a major upset Saturday night.
Brandon came back from dropping the first two sets in its Canada West men’s volleyball match at Langley, B.C., to win 3-2 (16-25, 24-26, 29-27, 25-20, 15-13) and snap the Trinity Western Spartans’ home winning streak at 25 matches.
Trinity’s streak includes beating Brandon in the 2011 national final and dated back to a Jan. 22, 2011 loss to the Calgary Dinos.
“This is the best match we have played this year, considering the circumstances,” BU head coach Grant Wilson said in a text message after the win.
“To come back against one of the top teams in the country on their home court where they had won 25 matches in a row is huge!”
Sam Tuivai led the seventh-ranked Bobcats (10-4) with 21 kills, 10 digs and three blocks. Roy Ching finished with 17 kills and Dan Boutwell added 14 more.
Brendan White had 10 kills and seven blocks.
Steven Marshall led the second-ranked Spartans (11-3) with 18 kills, 10 digs and four blocks.
In the women’s match, the Bobcats came out on fire but were overcome by the Spartans 3-1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20).
The Bobcats (5-9) had an impressive .414 hitting percentage in the first set and showed a lot of character in the second by coming back from a 10-1 deficit to grab a 24-23 lead, but they just couldn’t finish off the fourth-ranked Spartans (12-2).
BU coach Lee Carter believed the match was there for the taking.
“We played some amazing volleyball at times, it’s still that consistency that we’re working on,” he said.
“You know the old quote, you learn through experience, but if you don’t experience there’s nothing to learn. That’s us. We’re still learning.”
Victoria Dakin led Brandon with 13 kills, while Shanlee McLennan had 11.