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Mark Janzen

BRANDON, Manitoba – The Trinity Western women’s volleyball team won its first set against Brandon 26-24 but then dropped the next three sets in a row as they fell for the second time in as many nights to the Bobcats 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21) Saturday.

In what was a tight battle all night, the Spartans finally succumbed to the Bobcats pressure late in the fourth set when they saw an 18-17 lead turn into a 25-21 loss thanks to an 8-3 run that secured Brandon its second win of the year.

The Bobcats were led by sophomore Tori Dakin, who finished with 12 kills and just one error to go with eight digs. Jaryn Ruether and Meaghan Robertson added 11 kills each for the Bobcats.

Alicia Perrin had a match-high 16 kills for the Spartans, while Kelci French added 11 kills and Royal Richardson had 10 kills.

The loss drops the Spartans record to 2-2 while the win improves the Bobcats record to 2-4.

“It was a much better effort tonight by the group,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “We’re still learning some important lesson about how to play in crunch time. Last night we served to easy and tonight we missed too many serves so we’re trying to find a fine balance between that ratio.

“Alicia Perrin did a fantastic job tonight. Chelsea Hudson set a good game. Kelci French came out for us and played really well. We’re learning how this group is going to play together and we’re learning how to play under pressure. It’s tough to leave with two losses but we’ll pick things up and go forward from here.”

The Spartans will return to Langley for next weekend’s home-opening weekend when they will host the Regina Cougars while up next for the Bobcats is a weekend series on the road against the Calgary Dinos.