February 15, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – The No. 2 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team took Game 1 of its Canada West quarter-final best-of-three series in convincing fashion as the Spartans knocked off Calgary, Thursday at the Langley Events Centre.
Led by Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) and Amy Ott (East Selkirk, Man.), who each contributed 12 kills, the Spartans were dominant in the first two sets and then rallied in the third from, at one point, four points down, to capture their first win of the post-season.
The difference for the Spartans proved to be their kill efficiency as they had 43 kills on .213 hitting while Calgary had just 22 kills on .041 hitting. Contributing to the Dinos low efficiency was a TWU defence that collected 47 digs to Calgary’s 33.
Beyond Perrin and Ott’s 12 kills each, Perrin also contributed six blocks while Ott added 10 digs and two aces. Setter Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.) had 32 assists to go with four blocks and five digs. Libero Kristen Moncks (Standard, Alta.) had a match-high 13 digs. Carly Hamilton (Calgary), who had Calgary under pressure with her serve all night, finished with seven kills, nine digs and one ace.
For Calgary, it was middle Courtney Dawson (Calgary) leading the way with a match-high 13 kills to go with a team-high six blocks. Lindsey Doland (Calgary) had a team-high nine digs as well as three kills, while setter Jordhynn Guy (Calgary) had 16 assists to go along with four blocks, four digs and two aces.
The teams will be back in action at the LEC Friday at 6 p.m. for Game 2. If necessary, Game 3 will be played Saturday afternoon.
The winner of the quarter-final series will advance to the Canada West Final Four, which will be played Feb. 22-23 at UBC. The top three teams at the Final Four will qualify for the CIS national championship, which will be played Mar. 1-3 at the University of Sherbrooke.
“We needed to put this team under pressure in regards to serve receive,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “We needed to make them pass the ball really well in order for them to sideout. That was one of our goals tonight and I thought we were successful.
“Looking to tomorrow, there are a few things we can clean up. I thought we played only half the set in the third set and got a little lucky there, so, while I’m happy we pulled it out, we still have some aspects of our game we can certainly improve upon.”
After a back and forth start to the opening set, the Spartans took control in the middle stages when they turned an 11-10 deficit into a 16-11 lead, largely with Hamilton at the service line for TWU. After the technical timeout, the Dinos scored the first two points to get to within three, but they would get no closer. With the Spartans hitting .400 as a team and collecting four team blocks in the first set, they pulled away late, finishing the set on a 6-2 run. Perrin’s fourth kill of the set earned TWU the winning point, at 25-17.
The Dinos took a quick lead in the second set, going up 9-7. But, like the first set, it was a serving run by Hamilton that sparked the Spartans. With Hamilton at the line, TWU rallied with a 4-0 run that forced Calgary into a timeout. However, unlike the first set, Dinos came right back, scoring five straight points out of the timeout to give the visitors a 14-11 edge. But, after the Spartans battled back to tie the set19-19, a kill from French followed by an ace from French gave the home side the lead for good. With TWU up 22-20, the Spartans notched the sets final three points to take the set by five.
Despite collecting five blocks and two aces, the Dinos, who hit .083 in the set, were unable to keep up with a Spartans side that hit .175.
Ott led the Spartans in kills with six in the set while Dawson had a team-high four for the Dinos.
In the third set, the Spartans opened a 13-9 lead following an ace from Perrin. But, not about to go down without a fight, the Dinos launched a 5-0 that, after a block from Andrea Price (Calgary), gave Calgary a one-point lead. After the Spartans came back to make it 16-15 at the technical timeout, the Dinos went on another 5-0 run that gave the visitors their biggest lead of the night at 20-16.
However, the Dinos lead was short-lived. TWU went on a 6-2 run that tied the set 22-22 and then, after staving off set point at 25-24, the Spartans scored the final three points of the night to take the set and the match, at 27-25. It was a block by Nicole Bazin (Winnipeg) that gave TWU the match-winning point.
3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 27-25)
Game Notes: Both teams had 10 blocks…TWU had a 6-5 edge in aces…the Dinos are now 0-7, including three playoff losses, at the LEC…the Spartans and Dinos also played in last year’s Canada West quarter-finals, with TWU winning 3-1 and 3-0…