KELOWNA, British Columbia – For the first time in eight matches between Trinity Western and UBC Okanagan, the contest didn't go the distance as the Spartans took care of business in four sets with a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-16) win Saturday.

With TWU up a set and looking to close out the match, a three-point run by the Spartans to go up 7-5 was the turning point in the set.  From that point on, TWU (15-1) never gave up the lead en route to its 12th straight win.

Only allowing the Heat (10-5) to score consecutive points twice from then on, TWU went up 16-10 at the technical timeout and put together a four-point run to close out the set 25-16 and take the match.

The Heat finished the match with more kills (54-49), but the Spartans consistency was the difference. Hitting percentages were .235 to .210 in favour of the visitors, and UBCO committed 25 attacking errors to TWU's 18. The Spartans also had a better night from their middles, finishing with 15 total blocks while the home side had just four.

Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) once again led the Spartans attack, putting up a match-high 22 kills. Katie Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), Elly Wendel (Caronport, Sask.), and Ashtyn McKenzie (Vernon, B.C.) were dominant at the net, finishing with eight, seven, and seven blocks respectively.

The Heat hitters were led by Kaitlynn Given, Michelle Jakszuk, and Siobhan Fitzpatrick, who finished with 16, 15, and 14 kills. Megan Festival, having recently been switched to the libero position, led UBCO with 17 digs.

"I'm really pleased with how the team performed tonight," said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. "Every time we walk into UBCO, it's a battle and it seems like it's always going to be a five-set war. Tonight we were able to end it in four, but it took a lot of work and it took a big comeback in the third and Hillary Howe (Calgary) was a huge factor in that. She came in and served great for us and she attacked and blocked well.

In the fourth set, Sophie was outstanding for us. She went on a big streak attacking wise. As a team, we blocked really well this whole weekend. It was a challenge and we really felt the girls embraced the opportunity."

Both teams came out firing in the first set, with the Spartans putting down 13 kills on .222 hitting and the Heat earning 12 on .139. The set was back and forth throughout, with neither team able to stretch a lead beyond three points until the very end, when TWU strung together three straight to earn set point at 24-20. Devaney hammered a kill straight down past the Heat blockers for the final point, giving the Spartans a 25-21 set win.

The second set saw the Heat take a 16-8 lead at the technical timeout and by double digits shortly after, 19-9. A seven-point run by TWU made the score 19-15, but the teams traded points from then on and the Heat took the set 25-19. The hitting for UBCO was the difference maker in the frame, as they put away 15 kills on .323 hitting to the Spartans eight and .125.

The third set started as close, with six tie scores before the technical timeout. At the break, the Heat were up 16-11. The Spartans came out of the timeout on a mission and put together an eight-point run to jump ahead 19-16. The Heat responded with a run of their own, stringing together four straight points to retake the lead, 20-19. After four more tie scores and three lead changes, the visitors managed to score back-to-back points twice in the final points to take the set 25-23.

The Spartans are on the road next weekend when they travel to the University of Alberta to take on the No. 1 Pandas.


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