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NO. 3 SPARTANS CONTINUE TO ROLL WITH 3-SET WIN OVER MRU

NO. 3 SPARTANS CONTINUE TO ROLL WITH 3-SET WIN OVER MRU

CALGARY – The No. 3-ranked Trinity Western women's volleyball team knocked off Mount Royal for the second straight night, winning 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-18) Saturday.

With the win, TWU improves to 18-2 on the season and remains atop the Canada West standings.

Spartans Hilary Howe (Calgary) led her team in attacks with a total of 14 kills. The Spartans had eight team blocks and an overall serve percentage of 0.851.

Savannah Purdy (Victoria) added 11 kills while hitting .500. TWU setter Brie King (O'Reilly, Langley, B.C.) had 33 assists and a team-high 12 digs.

Cougars lead attacker was Dholi Thokbuom with a total of 11 kills. MRU (9-11) had three blocks and a serve percentage of 0.925.

While the first few points fell back and forth, the Spartans took the first lead. Down 9-5, the Cougars called their first timeout. The timeout, however, threw no wrench in the Spartans groove. They continued to extend their lead up 16-7 at the technical timeout. The set quickly ended with a middle kill from Spartans Avery Heppell (Langley, B.C.) making it 25-13 in favour of TWU.

The second set shifted gears and the Cougars were the first to take a lead, going up 10-7. The lead, however, didn't last long and the Spartans tied the score at 11-11. After a missed serve from the Cougars, the Spartans held the lead, 16-15, going into the technical timeout. The set remained close, but in the end the Spartans won their second set in a row with a final score of 25-21.

With momentum on their side, the Spartans yet again got off to an early lead in the third set. The Cougars called their first timeout early in the set after falling behind 7-2. After regaining serve following the timeout, the Cougars went on a run tying the score 7-7. When the Cougars took their first lead of the game, 8-7, the Spartans called a timeout. From there, the Spartans held a one-point lead at the technical timeout 16-15. The Spartans went on a run, extending their lead 19-15 and eventually a kill from Howe ended the set 25-18 and the match in three sets.

QUOTABLE
Ryan Hofer – TWU Head Coach
"We really had to work hard to earn points. Mount Royal is a team that makes you work for your points, so we had to claw and scrape for everything we got. I was really pleased with the way we attacked tonight. It was a really good performance. Brie did a good job of distributing the ball and I thought it was a full team effort."

NOTABLE
• Including the regular season and playoffs, TWU is 16-0 all-time against MRU.
• Last time TWU traveled to MRU was in Dec. 2-3, 2016, when the Spartans earned the weekend sweep (3-1 and 3-0).
• The last time TWU traveled to MRU was Dec. 2-3, 2016, when the Spartans earned the weekend sweep (3-1 and 3-0).

UP NEXT
TWU is back in the province of Alberta next weekend as the Spartans travel to Edmonton to play MacEwan Feb. 8-9.

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.

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