LANGLEY, British Columbia –Trinity Western fifth year outside Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) was pounding the ball tonight as she finished with 20 kills and 10 digs to lead the Spartans to a tightly contested 3-0 win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The weekend sweep improves the No. 3 ranked Spartans to 13-1, while the loss drops the WolfPack to 6-8.
“I was really pleased with how our team played tonight. TRU raised their level of play tonight which made us go to another level as well,” said TWU head coach Ryan Hofer. “It was fun volleyball. It was fun to coach it, to watch it and be a part of it.”
“Sophie took a lot of volume for us tonight and had an outstanding game. She was legit tonight,” commented Hofer on his fifth year outside hitter.”
In addition to Carpentier the Spartans had a strong performance from fifth year outside Elizabeth Wendel (Caronport, Sask.) who finished with 14 kills and seven digs. TWU fourth year middle Katelyn Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) had a strong serving match for the Spartans and finished with two aces. Iuliia Pakhomenko led the WolfPack with 11 kills, five digs and one service ace.
TWU fourth year setter Nikki Cornwall (Coquitlam, B.C.) finished the match with 41 set assists, while her counterpart for TRU Abby Spratt finished with 26 set assists.
The two teams were evenly matched to open the first set. After exchanging points and the WolfPack holding a 12-11 lead, TRU went on a run to lead 16-13 at the media timeout. A service ace by TRU’s Mikayla Funk put the WolfPack up four points, 17-13. Katelyn Devaney went back to serve after Elizabeth Wendel made it a three-point advantage. When Devaney finished serving the Spartans had climbed back into the set at 18-18. The teams exchanged points to 23-23. Then a kill and a block by the Spartans Carpentier gave TWU the opening set 25-23. Carpentier led Spartans with seven kills, while four WolfPack players had three kills for TRU. TWU hit at 37.5 percent (18-6-32), while TRU hit at 33.3 (14-3-33).
Once again the set was evenly played. With TWU up 13-13 the Spartans went on a 3-0 run to lead 16-13 at the media timeout. The Spartans maintained the lead to 19-16 after a kill by Elizabeth Wendel. A kill from Morgan Kolasa made it a one-point game with TRU trailing 20-19. A pair of kills by TWU second year outside Brie O’Reilly (Langley, B.C.) helped the Spartans get to set point at 24-20. The WolfPack’s Abby Spratt served and Kaitlin Lomas finished with the kill as TRU closed to one-point trailing 24-23 and forcing the TWU timeout. Out of the break the Spartans went to Carpentier, who finished of the second set 25-23, to put TWU up 2-0. Wendel paced the Spartans in the second set with six kills, while Iuliia Pakhomenko also had six kills for the WolfPack. TWU hit at a 51.9 percent (17-3-27), while TRU hit at 41.7 percent (14-4-24).
The final set was similar to the first to games. TRU and TWU battled out each point and at the Media timeout the Spartans held a slim one-point 16-15 lead. The two teams exchanged points until TWU was up 22-21. At that point TWU’s Carpentier added to her total with back-to-back kills to put TWU up 24-21. The Spartans Nikki Cornwall finished the match off for TWU with a service ace to give TWU the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.
The Spartans will now head to Kelowna, B.C. to play UBC Okanagan. Match time is set for 6 p.m. (PT), and can be seen live on Canadawest.TV. TRU will head home to host Regina. Match time in Kamloops, BC is set for 5 p.m. (PT) on both nights.
Game Notes: TWU is 24-2 all-time in conference play against the WolfPack and 28-2 overall…the WolfPack have never won at TWU, 18-0…Carpentier was one kill off of tying her record for kills in a three set match. She hit for 21 kills at Manitoba November 29, 2013…Cornwall’s 41 assists are five off of the TWU record of 46, which Anna Paddock set in 2005 against Winnipeg…