Spartans Complete Regular Season Perfect at Home

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February 3, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – Needing a comeback of at least five points in each set, the No. 2 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team earned a hard-fought win over the Calgary Dinos to complete a perfect 11-0 regular season home record Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

The win improves the Spartans to 18-2 on the season while the loss drops Calgary to 9-11. Trinity Western has locked up second place in the Canada West conference while the Dinos remain in a battle for the seventh and final playoff position 3-0 (27-25, 29-27, 25-21).

With the Dinos up 19-14 in the second set, the Spartan substituted in setter Lauren Moncks (Standard, Alta.), replacing Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.), which sparked the home side. With Moncks setting, TWU scored four straight points and launched what would result in a 29-27 comeback win. Moncks remained in the game in the third set and, with 16 assists and four digs, helped TWU win the set and the match.

The Spartans were down 14-9 in the first, 19-14 in the second and 14-9 in the third but rallied each time to earn wins.

Offensively, TWU was led by Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.), who had 13 kills and tied a career-high in aces with four. She has now earned four aces in a match five different times. After Perrin, it was Amy Ott (East Selkirk, Man.) with 11 kills while Amber Brown (Three Hills, Alta.) had eight kills and 17 digs. Libero Kristen Moncks (Standard) had a team-high 17 digs.

For the Dinos, it was Lindsay Russell (Surrey, B.C.) with a team-high 10 kills to go with 11 digs, while Andrea Price (Calgary) had eight kills, 10 digs and two blocks. Courtney Dawson (Calgary) had a match-high five blocks as well as two aces and five kills. Setter Jordhynn Guy (Calgary) had 23 assists. Libero Brooke Halvorsen (White Rock, B.C.) had a match-high 19 digs.

“We were scrappy tonight,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “There were times I didn’t think a win was something we were earning out there by our performance, but we got gritty when it mattered. We started clawing back and we put some pressure on Calgary with our serve, which gave us a little bit of breathing room and we took it at the end.

“We gave Lauren an opportunity and she played outstanding. She delivered the ball. She blocked. She picked up some digs and just gave Kelci a bit of a breather. It’s nice to have that depth to be able to do that.”

After a back and forth start to the opening set, the Dinos took control in the middle stages and opened a 14-9 lead following a 9-2 run. But the Spartans were not about to go away. Despite committing 11 attack errors in the set, TWU rallied, eventually taking the lead at 19-18 after a kill from Nicole Bazin (Winnipeg). But, after the teams traded points down the stretch, the Dinos staved off set point and then earned a crack at the set at 25-24. However, with a pair of Carly Hamilton (Calgary) kills sandwiching a Perrin ace, the Spartans scored the final three points of the set, winning 27-25.

In the second set, the Dinos again took a five-point lead midway through the set, going up 19-14 following a Price kill. But with Lauren Moncks entering the game for TWU, the Spartans once again rallied. Trinity Western went on an 8-3 run that knotted the set 22-22. After that, Calgary had two chances at set point, but both times was stymied by TWU. Then with the score 27-27, TWU’s Hamilton and Ott each earned kills to give the Spartans the win and a 2-0 lead.

The third set was again, a similar story. Calgary went up by five, at 14-9, only to have TWU stage a comeback. The Spartans responded with an 8-2 run – one that included a pair of kills from first-year Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa), who was substituted mid-set – to take a 17-16 advantage. After Calgary came back to take a 21-20 edge, a kill by Brown sparked a 5-0 run from TWU that earned the Spartans the set and the match. An emphatic kill from Perrin put the finishing touches on the match.

“I think I just brought some energy to the game,” Lauren Moncks said. “Knowing that we needed to dig in and chip away at their lead, I was just looking to provide a bit of a spark. And it worked. My team really supported me and that made it easier.”

The Spartans honoured their seniors Amy Ott, Nicole Bazin and Amber Brown, who were playing their final regular season home games.

Game Notes: TWU hit .157 as a team while Calgary hit .153…Calgary had a 7-4 edge in blocks…TWU had an 11-4 advantage in aces.