UBC earned the title in a straight sets victory over the Spartans who were looking to three-peat.

“It’s awesome to win one for the program.” said UBC setter and Tournament Most Valuable Player Byron Keturakis. “We have so much support from our teammates, our coaching staff, our trainers, parents and alumni, and it’s really cool to be a part of that bigger family.”

Keturakis thought earning the title against a team of the Spartans’ quality was an extra cherry on top of the championship crown.

“Trinity Western is an awesome team, and part of what makes this so special is that they’re continually in this national final. Their being so good is what makes this so special.”

Keturakis was a big reason his team hit their stride on the offensive side of the ball. He assisted on 31 points while Fynn McCarthy benefited the most from Keturakis’ performance, leading the team with 11.5 points.

On the other side of the court, Eric Loeppky was Trinity Western’s top scorer, recording 13 points while Jessie Elser posted 11 in the loss.

With a two-set lead already in the books, UBC took a 4-2 lead in the third before the Spartans took the lead which they would hold going into the technical timeout. Following the technical, the Thunderbirds leveled the score at 23 thanks to a service error by Eric Loeppky and then took the lead on an attack error.

UBC looked to close out the match on the next serve but an attack error by McCarthy tied the set again. Another attack error by UBC’s Keith West would give Trinity Western the lead and a chance to send the match to a fourth set. West got that point right back though for the Thunderbirds with a kill evening the set at 25.

McCarthy would then serve up the ace bringing up championship point for a second time. This time they made sure to end it on a Kill by West to end the drought.

UBC was just one of two teams to hand losses to Trinity Western during the regular season with the other being Brandon.

The Thunderbirds’ last appearance in the men’s volleyball final came in 1984, a year after they claimed the national title. This year, UBC would drop just one set during the champion weekend.

2018 Tournament Awards and All-Stars
Tournament MVP - Byron Keturakis (UBC)

Tournament All-Stars
Taryq Sani (Alberta)
Brandon Koppers (McMaster)
Pearson Eshenko (Trinity Western)
Eric Loeppky (Trinity Western)
Adam Schriener (Trinity Western)
Byron Keturakis (UBC)
Irvan Brar (UBC)

R.W. Pugh Fail Play Award - Irvan Brar (UBC)