WINNIPEG – The No. 2 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team continued its winning ways Friday as the Spartans earned their 16th win of the season with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-15) victory over Manitoba at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.
The Spartans (16-1) scored 11 of the matches first 13 points, setting the tone for the rest of the night as TWU cruised to a convincing three-set win.
Hitting .374 as a team and holding Manitoba to a .026 hitting percentage, the result was never in doubt. The Spartans also had an 8-3 edge in blocks.
Elly Wendel (Caronport, Sask.) led TWU with a match-high 17 kills to go with five aces, nine digs and four blocks. Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) added 16 kills and six digs. Kristin Anton (Prince George, B.C.) had a match-high five blocks. Setter Nikki Cornwall (Coquitlam, B.C.) had 40 assists and libero Mariel Garcia (Winnipeg), who was playing against her old team, had 11 digs.
Bisons rookie Laura Findlay had a team-high five kills while Caleigh Dobie had a team-high six digs.
“It was solid performance from the team tonight,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “I thought we played steady volleyball. I thought we let up a little in the second set, but overall we were pretty good. I thought Sophie and Elly played really well tonight. They got good volume and did really well with it. We just want to keep getting better and better every weekend and so we want to play a little better tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”
During the first set, TWU put on a clinic and coasted to an easy 25-11 win, with Wendel and Carpentier each scoring five kills.
The second set was much closer, as the home team stayed within three points for most of it. However, late in the set, TWU pulled away for a 25-20 win.
Manitoba captured their first lead of the match early in the third set, and held it until a block by Katelyn Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) gave TWU a 10-9 lead. The Spartans had a reliable front line making big blocks and kills for the rest of the match. Wendel finished the set with two service aces giving TWU a 25-15 win.
The two teams will play each other again tomorrow, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m. (PT) at Investors Group Athletic Centre.