After bringing home a win during the Canada West conference championship, the Bobcats mens team suffered a loss at the hands of the Trinity Western Spartans at the national championship game in Quebec City back on March 17th. The men had just most recently beat the Spartans at home when they played them for the title in the west. This had been the fourth game the Spartans and the Bobcats faced off, and this time the Spartans took a clean sweep over the men.
Trinity Western won each of the three sets scoring 25-23, 25-21 and 25-19. It was through careful planning and execution that the Spartans changed up their serving strategy and kept Brandon on their heals throughout the whole game. The men were not prepared for this technique nor were they able to properly counter it as even BU coach, Grant Wilson, mentioned the Spartans “did it to a T.”
The Spartans scored 8 aces alone and had a total of 45 kills, almost 20 more kills than the Bobcats. Despite this the men still had a great season overall and achieved some truly miraculous feats through hard work and dedication. Seth Friesen scored the team high with 10 kills and Elliot Viles was close behind with 7. The co-captains Brady Nault and James Weir were also great in their final matches as Bobcats, Naut had 8 digs and Weir had 4 kills on six swings.
This is the second time Brandon has brought home the silver medal from nationals when in 2011 the men lost to the then home town Trinity Western Spartans.
Congratulations on the phenomenal season gentlemen, best of luck with your studies and farewell to those of you who will be leaving the Bobcats team for good. We all appreciate the games you guys put on for BU and the enthusiasm you filled the HLC with. Best of luck next year.