WINNIPEG – A day after falling to the Manitoba in four sets, No. 8-ranked Trinity Western University turned the tables, edgings the University of Manitoba Bisons in four sets (19-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21) Saturday at Investors Group Athletic Centre.
TWU held a 23-13 lead late in the fourth set, but a desperate rally from the Bisons saw the home side tally eight straight points, before the Spartans Avery Heppell (Langley, B.C.) earned back-to-back kills to seal the win.
With the victory, Trinity Western improves their record to 12-4 while Manitoba drops to 6-10.
Hilary Howe (Calgary) led the Spartans kills with 17, while Josie and Kearley Abbott had 11 kills each for the Bisons.
For the second straight, TWU libero Rachel Flink (Surrey, B.C.) set a career mark for digs, as she collected 25 on Saturday after setting her own personal record at 22 Friday. Heppell finished the night with 10 kills and six blocks.
Manitoba led in points for much of the first set, eventually taking it 19-25 after an error by the Spartans on a Kearley Abbott dump led to set point.
In the second set, it was back-and-forth for the first half, with the Spartans pulling ahead by the midway point. Later on, an error from the Bisons brought TWU within one point of winning the set. Howe got a kill off a block to take the second set 25-19.
Despite a slight lead early in the third set by the Spartans, the Bisons clawed back making it a tie match at 6-6. However, the set didn't stay close for long as TWU led 16-12 midway through. For set point, a short serve by Bison Kearley Abbott gave the visiting team the win by eight points.
• TWU got right back in the win column after Friday's loss snapped a 10-match winning streak.
• Prior to the weekend, Flink's career high for digs was 20.
• TWU finished with a 12-8 edge in blocks and a 6-3 advantage in aces.
TWU returns home to play Regina Jan. 19-20 at the Langley Events Centre.