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Mark Janzen

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western women’s volleyball team knocked off No. 7 ranked Laval 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-14) Friday at the David E. Enarson Gym in what was the Spartans only non-conference game of the Christmas break.

Playing the Rouge et Or for the first time since they beat the Spartans in last year’s CIS national championship semifinal, the Spartans proved to be the better side on this night as they finished things off in short order.

The Spartans had both Nicole Bazin, who missed the entire fall semester due to injury, and Amber Brown, who hasn’t played a CIS opponent in nearly two years also because of injury, back in the lineup, which certainly gave them added artillery as they prepare for the second half of the Canada West season.

“It was a good start after the Christmas break,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “The girls performed well tonight. It was important to get some good volleyball under our belts before we play Alberta next weekend.

“Amy Leschied really played well for us. She played like a senior player. She got a ton of kills and blocked exceptionally well and, along with Alicia Perrin, was a force at the net. Chelsea Hudson set well for us and we ran a really good offence.”

“We limited our errors. We forced Laval to play the ball. We put pressure on them when we needed to and it was a good game. They’re a team that comes out with a lot of fire. They’re a top 10 team and they play good volleyball.”

The Spartans are next in action Jan. 13-14 when they host Alberta at the David E. Enarson Gymnasium on the campus of Trinity Western. Games times are 6:00 p.m. Friday and 5:00 p.m. Saturday.