WINNIPEG – The No. 3 ranked Trinity Western University Spartans completed a weekend sweep over the University of Winnipeg Wesmen with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-17) win Saturday at the Dr. David F. Anderson gymnasium in Winnipeg.
Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) once again led the Spartans attack finishing with a match-high 11 kills to go with six aces. Ashtyn McKenzie (Vernon, B.C.) followed with eight kills. Setter Nikki Cornwall (Coquitlam, B.C.) compiled 35 assists and three blocks.
TWU (19-3) also beat the Wesmen (2-20) in three sets on Friday night.
Danika Picklyk led Winnipeg with six kills followed by Alex Rose with five. Madison Fyvie finished with a match high 10 digs.
TWU hit .230 as a team while holding Winnipeg to .000. The Spartans had a 9-5 edge in aces.
“The girls played really well tonight, so I’m just pleased with our ability to come in here and focus on our side and do what we needed to do,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “We’re looking to improve each weekend and I think we were able to do that for the most part this weekend. Now, we’re excited to get back home and prepare for the final weekend of the regular season.”
Winnipeg stayed within range of the Spartans in the opening set trailing 10-6 early on. The Spartans found their game going on an 8-1 run to open up an 18-7 lead. The Spartans eventually went on to win the first set 25-16.
The Wesmen jumped to a 3-2 lead in the second set thanks in part to a pair of kills by Karissa Kuhr. A 5-0 run by the Spartans followed by four unanswered points gave TWU a 14-6 lead at the midway point of the set. Three kills by Maria Colvin combined with a pair of Spartan attacking errors cut TWU’s lead to 21-17. Trinity Western regrouped and went on to win the second set 25-21.
The Spartans held the lead in the third at the technical break, 16-11 before going on to close out the match with a 25-17 set win.
The Spartans will take on the Manitoba Bisons at home next weekend.
Game Notes: Since losing back-to-back games against No. 1-ranked Alberta, the Spartans have won four matches in a row…Carpentier is currently fourth in Canada West for career kills, with 1,197 kills… Carpentier has 1,440 career points, which has her second only to active Alberta outside Meg Casault…Carpentier is now tied for third in Canada West for career aces with UBC Okanagan’s Emily Oxland, with 154.