BRANDON, Man. – The No. 1-ranked Trinity Western Spartans had one of their toughest tests so far this season against the Brandon Bobcats but held on for a 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-12, 20-25, 15-9) win on Friday night.
The win keeps Trinity Western's record at a sparkling 13-0 while Brandon sits at 3-10. The victory also saw the Spartans equal their program record for wins in a row to start a season. In 2015-16, TWU also won 13 straight matches to open the year.
The Bobcats started 2019 with a bang as the home side surprised the Spartans early and battled back in the fourth to force a fifth and final set.
TWU lived up to the hype in the final frame as their physical play at the net was just too much as they picked up their 13th win on the season to remain undefeated in conference play.
Brandon clawed their way back from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter thanks to impressive serves from rookie Katie Primeau. The freshman served seven points in a row to force the final set.
TWU's Hilary Howe (Calgary) paced the Spartans with 16 kills, nine digs and six blocks. Micaylee Pucilowski (Kelowna, B.C.) finished with 13 kills while Brie King (Langley, B.C.) put up a match-high 50 assists.
Mikaelyn Sych (Airdrie, Alta.) had a match-high seven aces, while Emma Gamache (Abbotsford, B.C.) had a match-high 10 digs for TWU.
For the Bobcats, Michelle Egger finished with a season-high 18 kills while Nikala Majewski added 12.
Hilary Howe – TWU 3rd-Year Outside
"Having to play at such an intense level, especially in the fifth set, really got us started and got us back into that really competitive game. It felt like we were building from the first set and then the fifth set was really intense and a great start to the second semester."
The two teams will meet again Saturday afternoon at the Brandon University Healthy Living Centre with first serve coming at 3 p.m. PST.
About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.