Spartans Sweep Wesmen on the Road

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November 24, 2012, WINNIPEG (ISN) – The No. 1 ranked Trinity Western women’s volleyball team ran its winning streak to eight matches with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-14) victory over the Winnipeg Wesmen Friday evening at the Duckworth Centre.

With the win, Trinity Western improves to 8-1 in regular season play while the loss drops Winnipeg to 2-6.

The Spartans put together a .216 hitting percentage to Winnipeg’s -.062 while earning eight blocks to the Wesmen’s 3.5.

Amy Ott (East Selkirk, Man.) and Carly Hamilton (Calgary) led the Spartans with eight kills each while Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) added seven and Nicole Bazin (Winnipeg) had six to go along with a match-high three aces.

Kristen Moncks (Standard, Alta.) led the team in digs with 16 and setter Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.) had a match-high 28 assists and two aces.

Winnipeg was led by Ozana Nikolic and Sarah Lynch, each finishing with seven kills. Nikolic led the Wesmen in digs with nine. Lynch had three blocks to lead the Wesmen in that category.

“I thought it was a steady game for us,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “I thought we did a good job of making sure we keyed on certain components of Winnipeg’s game to slow some of their more offensive players down. It was a good well-rounded performance from our entire team. Our middles did a good job in transition. Kristen Moncks had a great game. Our outsides swung well and Kelci did a good job of delivering the ball.”

The two teams were even in the early stages of the first set, but with the Spartans up 13-10, the visitors nabbed momentum with a 5-0 run that turned the set TWU’s way. From there, the Spartans continued to hold the Wesmen at bay en route to a decisive eight-point win.

In the second set, the teams again were in a tight battle early on as it was close up until the score reached 15-15. That’s when the Spartans grabbed control. Led by three kills from Hamilton, the Spartans went on a 7-1 run to open up a 22-16 lead. The teams exchanged points from then on as the Spartans won the set 25-19.

In the third and final set, the Spartans were in complete control from the outset, racing to a 16-5 lead at the technical break. From there, they never looked back winning the third set 25-14.

The teams will meet Saturday night in the late game scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Game Notes: TWU had a 49-31 edge in digs….TWU had 6 aces to Winnipeg’s 3.

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