December 2, 2012, KELOWNA, BC., (ISN) – The No. 1 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team earned a little retribution Sunday afternoon as it upended the UBC Okanagan Heat 3-1 (25-18, 12-25, 25-13, 25-23) at the UBC-O gymnasium.
After falling to the Heat in four sets Saturday night, the Spartans got back in the win column and will go into the Christmas break with a 10-2 record. With the weekend split, the Heat wraps up the fall semester at 7-5.
After the Heat tied the match at 1-1 with a dominant 13-point win, the Spartans finally found the form they had been looking for all weekend as they crushed the Heat in the third set and then earned a tight fourth set win to capture the match.
The Spartans had 51 kills and a .200 hitting percentage compared to UBC-O’s 31 kills and .064 hitting percentage.
For the Spartans, Amber Brown (Three Hills, Alta.) had a strong game with 11 kills, four service aces and 10 digs. Carly Hamilton (Calgary) and Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) added 10 kills each while Nicole Bazin (Winnipeg) had a match-high nine blocks. Libero Kristen Monck (Standard, Alta.) had a match-high 13 digs while Setter Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.) had 39 assists to go with three blocks and four kills.
Alex Basso (Kelowna) led the Heat with nine kills, while Jillian Festival (Calgary) added five kills to the Heat tally. Libero Lenai Schmidt (Vernon, B.C.) and Megan Festival (Calgary) earned eight digs apiece.
“We played much better today as a team,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “Our girls made sure we were unified out there and we followed a better game plan. We were able to put our plan in place and then execute so we could capitalize on certain opportunities. UBC-O is a good team and they really pushed us. It was really nice to have to fight hard for a win. I’m really pleased with how we blocked, how we played defence and how we attacked their block.”
In the first set, the Spartans raced out to a 10-5 lead and never allowed the Heat to get any closer than two points the rest of the way. The Heat closed to within two, at 16-14, but the Spartans responded with nine of the final 13 points as they took the set by seven points.
The Heat responded in a big way in the second set as they jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead. The Spartans got as closed as three points, at 12-9, but a quick 3-0 run by the Heat snuffed out TWU’s hopes of a comeback. With Emily Carroll serving for the final six points, the Heat cruised to a 13-point win.
The third set was a near mirror image of the second but instead of the Heat, it was the Spartans leading from start to finish. Trinity Western took a 13-5 lead and never gave the Heat a chance to get back in it. A block from Bazin and Amy Ott (East Selkirk, Man.) capped a 12-point win.
The fourth set was by far the closest of the afternoon. However, while the Heat kept it tight throughout, it was the Spartans with the lead for most of the set. After an Ott kill gave TWU a 12-11 lead, the Spartans never trailed the rest of the set. The Heat tied the set three times – most notably at 23-23 – but ultimately to no avail as the Spartans held UBC-O off late. A block from Bazin and Ott earned the match-clinching point as TWU won 25-23.
The Spartans will be back on the court Jan. 10 and 12 when they will host Brandon at the Langley Events Centre. The Heat are back in action Jan. 12-13 when it will travel to play Regina.
Game Notes: TWU had a 12-11 advantage in blocks…UBC-O had a 10-9 edge in aces…outside hitter Royal Richardson (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.) played in just two sets and registered just one kill.