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November 3, 2012, REGINA – After dropping the first set, the No. 1 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team rallied with three decisive wins as they knocked off Regina 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-18) Saturday at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

The Cougars took the first set by a 25-20 margin, but that was the high point of the match for the home side. Trinity Western rebounded with a seven-point win in the second, then hit .500 as a team in a convincing 11-point victory in the third set, before clinching the match with another seven-point win in the fourth.

Trinity Western’s Amy Ott (East Selkirk, Man.) led all players with 13 kills, while Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) had 11 kills and hit for a team-leading .429 percentage. Both Perrin and Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.) led the match with four blocks. French also finished with 38 assists while controlling a TWU offence that hit .231 for the match. Royal Richardson (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.) led the Spartans with nine digs and registered the team’s only two solo blocks.

Michelle Sweeting had 10 kills and just two errors on 23 attacks for the Cougars, giving her a team-high .348 hitting percentage in the match. Desiree Ates led the team with 12 kills, while Chelsea Ziolkowski was solid all match for Regina and led all players with 15 digs.

Trinity Western is now in a five-way tie for second place in the Canada West standings with a 3-1 record. Manitoba, with a 3-0 record sits atop the conference. The Spartans are back at home next weekend with a pair of matches against winless Thompson Rivers (0-4).

The Cougars (1-3) will hit the road as they will travel to Edmonton for a pair of games against the University of Alberta, which has a 2-2 Canada West record.

“I was really pleased with our performance tonight,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “We improved upon a few things that we wanted to address from last night and that allowed us to run our systems better. We blocked well, we attacked well and we served well. Kelci French had an outstanding match distributing the ball and did a really good job of getting our hitters in positions to score. Kristen [Moncks (Standard, Alta.)] was solid for us at the libero position. Royal was solid in the back court and Amy Ott and Amber Brown both did a really good job on the outside.”

The Spartans struggled in the first set as they hit .000 and had 11 attack errors to just 11 kills. Regina took advantage and with the game tied 19-19, finished with a 6-1 run, capped by a Sweeting kill, to nab the first set by five points.

However, in the second and third sets, TWU was a different team as it had a combined three attack errors in the two sets.

In the second, with the game tied 13-13, the Spartans pulled away and allowed Regina just five more points the rest of the way en route to the seven-point win.

In an even more dominating third set, TWU opened a 7-1 lead, largely on the strength of an impressive serving run from Ott, and never looked back as it cruised to a comfortable win.

The fourth set starting out even more tilted TWU’s way as the Spartans, with Ott at the serving line again, opened up a 9-1 lead. The Cougars got as close as four points, at 12-8, but couldn’t get any closer and the Spartan rolled to a convincing set and match win.

Game Notes: TWU had a 9-6 blocking advantage and a 9-4 edge in aces.