January 27, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – Put another tick in the win column for the Trinity Western women’s volleyball team as the Spartans swept their weekend series with Mount Royal.
Saturday’s victory, the Spartans seventh in a row, lifts TWU to a 16-2 record while the Cougars drop to 12-6 following the loss.
Spartans win in four sets (25-21, 23-25, 26-24, 25-20) in Canada West action Saturday at MRU.
Three Spartans registered double-digit kill totals as Amy Ott (East Selkirk, Man.) had 14, Amber Brown (Three Hills, Alta.) had 11 and Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) had 10. Ott also added 10 digs and six blocks while Brown had nine digs and Perrin had a match-high 11 blocks. Middle Nicole Bazin (Winnipeg) also had an impressive night, earning eight kills and hitting .571. Setter Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.) had 41 assists, to go with a career-high 18 digs and one ace. Libero Kristen Moncks (Standard, Alta.) also had a career-high in digs as she contributed a match-high 19.
With French’s single ace, she broke the Spartans single-season record for aces in a season with 37. She had been tied with current TWU assistant coach Lies Reimer (former Verhoeff) at 36, which the former Spartan earned twice, in both 2001-02 and 2002-03.
French’s previous career-high in digs was 17, which she has earned twice, most recently achieved earlier this year against UBC on Oct. 27. Moncks, who is in her first season playing in Canada West but third year of eligibility having played two years in the CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association), alos had a previous career-high in digs of 17, which she set against UBC Okanagan Dec. 1.
For the Cougars, fourth-year leftside Olivia Grecu had 13 kills and nine digs while Julia Pasieka had 12 kills, five aces and five blocks to top the stat sheet for MRU. Fallon Middlemiss added 13 digs for the Cougars.
“Mount Royal came to play tonight and this was the team that we expected,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “They really forced us to be smart with our attack and they adjusted well and put a lot of pressure on us, which forced us to execute at a high level. It’s tough to be able to come in and sweep a good team on the road. I’m proud of how the girls responded to how hard Mount Royal pushed us tonight.”
The Spartans were able to grab the momentum early in a tightly-contested first set as Brown and Ott each hammered home four kills in the opener as TWU took the first 25-21.
The Cougars clawed back in the second, as they utilized a balanced offensive attack. Finding holes through the Spartans defence, Kylie Willis put down the final kill from the middle en route to the Cougars first set win of the weekend, 25-23.
The third set would provide the night’s best action. The set featured several lead changes as the clubs battled to a 24-24 tie. Lengthy rallies in the set’s final two points would result in two hitting errors from the Cougars as the Spartans regained the momentum, winning the third 26-24.
With the scales titled in their favour, TWU continued to roll, as Perrin put home the night’s final kill, helping the Spartans to the weekend sweep and an important four points in the standings.
Trinity Western is back on the court Feb. 1-2 when it returns home to play Calgary while Mount Royal heads on the road to play Thompson Rivers.
Game Notes: TWU hit .196 while MRU hit .072…MRU had an 11-3 advantage in aces…TWU had a 17-11 edge in blocks.