Spartans Fall to Carabins

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January 3, 2013, MONTREAL (ISN) – The No.2-ranked Trinity Western University Spartans women’s volleyball team fell 3-1 to the No. 10-ranked University of Montreal Thursday morning at the U of M in Montreal. The loss drops the Spartans to 2-2 on their tour of Quebec and 17-5 overall.

“It was two talented offensive teams going at each other today. As a team we struggled to get going and had some trouble getting a side out when we needed it in the fourth set,” commented TWU head coach Ryan Hofer. “Both sides played solid volleyball. We would have liked to have done better today, but credit to Montreal they played very well and did a good job of blocking and digging us.”

TWU dropped the first two sets 27-25 and 25-20 before winning the third 25-18. The Spartans were looking like they were going to force the match to five sets as they took a 20-16 lead in the fourth set before dropping the match 25-22 in the fourth set.

Royal Richardson with 13 kills at 46 percent, Alicia Perrin with nine kills and seven blocks and Amy Ott with 12 kills led the Spartans.

Over the four matches in Quebec TWU lost to No. 10 Montreal twice, 3-2 and 3-1 and defeated No. 4 Laval 3-2 and McGill 3-0.

“The tour has been excellent for us to shake off the rust of Christmas and show us areas that we need to improve on as we get ready for league,” commented Hofer on the teams four matches in Quebec.

TWU will now head home to the west coast where they will begin preparations for the second half of the Canada West season, which gets going Thursday, January 10 and Saturday January 12 against the Brandon University Bobcats. Match times at the Langley Events Centre are set for 6 p.m. on Thursday and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.