Spartans bounce back after lengthy win-streak snapped

Trinity Western women's volleyball team has won 12 of their past 13 games

The Trinity Western Spartans recovered from a tough five-set loss the first night — which snapped an 11-game winning streak — by sweeping the UBC Thunderbirds in the rematch in Canada West women’s volleyball action at UBC’s War Memorial Gymnasium.

The fifth-ranked Spartans (15-5) have qualified for the Canada West playoffs and sit one game back of conference co-leaders Alberta and UBC Okanagan with four games to play.

Sophie Carpentier had 16 kills and five digs to lead TWU while Alicia Perron had 10 kills, four digs and four blocks.

The Spartans won their match by scores of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-18.

UBC’s five-set victory the night before saw the teams trade the first two sets by identical 25-19 scores, the Thunderbirds won the third set 25-17 before TWU stayed alive with a marathon 36-34 win in set four. The fifth set went to the home side 15-13.

A big difference in the two games was both teams’ hitting prowess.

In Friday’s UBC victory, the T-Birds hit .228 while the Spartans were at just .096. But the roles were reversed on Saturday with TWU hitting .340 and UBC at .056.

Perrin led the way in the loss with 17 kills and six blocks while Katelyn Devaney had eight blocks and three service aces. Kristen Moncks had 13 digs.

The Spartans host the Saskatchewan Huskies this weekend in a pair of matches at the Langley Events Centre.