LANGLEY, British Columbia – Led by fifth year graduating seniors outside hitters Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa), Elly Wendel (Caronport, Sask), and Chelsea Tancon (Comox, B.C.) the Trinity Western Spartans defeated the Manitoba Bisons in straight sets to secure a record setting 21st conference win of the season. The 25-21, 25-19, 25-17 win improves the No. 3 Spartans to 21-3, while the loss ends the Bisons season at 6-18.
"I thought we were steady tonight. We were really good from the service line and put lots of pressure on them. We missed a little more than I would like, but we are trying to serve a little tougher," commented TWU head coach Ryan Hofer. "Offensively we started out a little slow, but then we picked it up and started to play our offensive game."
"We are at the end of the season and we are playing some of our best volleyball, which is kind of what coaches are looking for. I am excited to tweak a few things in practice and then go after first round of the play-offs."
The Spartans finish conference play in second place in Canada West, behind the Alberta Pandas (22-2), and will host the seventh place Mount Royal Cougars next week in the Canada West Quarter Finals.
Carpentier with 15 kills, eight digs, and two aces, Wendel with eight kills, four digs, and two blocks and Tancon with six kills, seven digs, and two aces led the TWU attack. The Bisons were led by Sarah Klassen (Winkler, Man.) with eight kills, and Kearley Abbott (Winnipeg) with seven kills, seven digs, and two blocks led the Manitoba attack.
Tonight's match was also the final match for Manitoba's Caleigh Dobie (Winnipeg) and Sarah Klassen.
The Spartans had the edge on the Bisons in nearly all the statistical categories. TWU led 41-31 in kills, 10-5 in aces, 6-2 in team blocks, and hitting percentage at .283 (41-13-99) to .134 (31-18-97).
TWU setter Nikki Cornwall (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) finished with 34 set assists, while Manitoba's Sydney Booker (Winnipeg) led the Bisons with 19 set assists.
Match Notes: the Spartans have now won six straight matches and 18 straight sets…TWU finished 20-4 last season, which was the Spartans previous high for conference wins…