November 2, 2013 Saskatchewan (ISN) – With a 3-1 (31-29, 25-9, 20-25, 25-15) win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon, the No. 2 ranked Trinity Western University Spartans pulled to .500 in Canada West women’s volleyball.
Both the Spartans and Huskies sit at 2-2 in the young 2013-14 season after the weekend sweep. A night earlier, Trinity Western won 3-1 (25-18,14-25, 25-15, 25-19).
Alicia Perrin powered the Spartans to the win tallying a whopping 23 kills, while Sophie Carpentier added another 13 for TWU. Kristen Moncks recorded 22 digs.
Candace Hueser, Jenelle Sokoloski and Kayla Tycholiz each recorded seven kills for the Huskies. Libero Jennifer Hueser had 16 digs.
Sitting at set point seven times to open the match between the two teams, Trinity Western won 31-29. Matching each other point-for-point, 20 times the teams were at a tie in the set. Saskatchewan held an 11-8 lead until Perrin returned the ball with an attack down the middle. Trinity scored the next three points to take a 12-11 lead. From there, neither team took more than a one point lead. Trinity took the win after a Huskies attack that sailed into the net and a Carpenter kill.
Trinity Western found momentum from the extra point win in the first set and quickly jumped to a large 16-4 lead in the second game. After a timeout, Emily Humbert recorded a solo block to return the ball to Saskatchewan but a service error gave the ball right back. The Spartans marched to a 25-9 win.
The Huskies held the lead for the majority of the third set until Trinity Western put together a 3-0 run after the technical timeout to tie the game at 16. After a Spartan error, the Huskies scored the next three points to regain a 19-16 lead. The Spartans took a timeout but Saskatchewan continued their run to lead 21-17. Trinity scored the next two points, but another Humbert block gave the Huskies back the ball. The Huskies kept control to the 25-20 win.
TWU opened the fourth set on a 4-0 run forcing Saskatchewan to take an early timeout. The Spartans continued to hold the advantage through the game to the 25-15 win. Chelsea Wand tallied the win on match point with an ace for the Spartans.
The Huskies hit the road for the first time in the 2013-14 season to visit the Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while Trinity Western returns home to host the Alberta Pandas.