WINNIPEG – Fifth-year outside hitter Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) led the No. 3 ranked Trinity Western University Spartans to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-22) victory Friday night at the Duckworth Centre.
Carpentier had 17 kills and a hitting percentage of .464 to go with seven digs and two blocks. Fellow fifth-year Elly Wendell (Caronport, Sask.) added nine kills. Setter Nikki Cornwall (Coquitlam, B.C.) had 34 assists and a team-high nine digs.
Alex Rose led Winnipeg with seven kills. Danika Prickly, Karissa Kuhn and Maria Colvin each had six. Prickly had a match-high 11 defensive digs.
The win improves the Spartans record to 18-3. Winnipeg with the loss falls to 2-19 on the season.
TWU finished with a .330 hitting percentage while holding Winnipeg to 0.95. The Spartans also had a 9-3 edge in blocks.
“I’m very pleased with how the team played tonight,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “We set some standards for ourselves that we were looking to meet and we worked hard to meet those. Winnipeg pushed us hard from the baseline and got us in a little bit of serve-receive trouble, but I’m proud of how our team rallied back. We kept things focused on our side and did what we needed to do to keep performing well.”
The first set started out on even terms with the score tied 8-8 in the early stages. TWU outscored the Wesmen 8-4 to take a 16-12 lead at the technical timeout. The Spartans eventually went on to win the set 25-15.
The Spartans had the early momentum in the second set, leading 16-12 at the set break. Winnipeg cut the lead to three at 18-15 but closed out the set on a 7-1 run to win the set 25-16, the final point coming on a kill by Carpenter.
Set number three was a close one with the Wesmen giving the Spartans everything they had. A block by Carpentier gave the Spartans a 15-11 lead until the Wesmen reeled off four straight points to tie the score at 15-15. Winnipeg stayed in range with the Spartans later on at 18-18 but TWU was able to close out the match winning the third set 25-22.
The teams will meet Saturday in the later match with a 7:30 start scheduled.
Game Notes: Carpentier’s 17 kills moved her into fourth in Canada West history for career kills, with 1,186 kills…she passed current WolfPack star Iuliia Pakhomenko, who has 1,179 with three games remaining in the season…Carpentier now has 1,422 career points, which has her second only to active Alberta outside Meg Casault who has 1,463.5 points…TWU’s Katie Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) had three blocks Friday to move within seven career blocks of second all-time in TWU history…Devaney has 377 blocks, while TWU alum Dayna Jansen Van Doorn had 384…Alicia Perrin is the all-time Canada West and Spartans career blocks leader with 512.