Women's Volleyball Drops First Match of Second Half

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LANGLEY, British Columbia – Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) had 10 kills while hitting .409 to lead No. 3 Trinity Western to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-20) win over Saskatchewan Friday at the Langley Events Centre.

Carpentier, who also had four aces and seven digs, had just one attacking error as the Spartans (10-1) returned from the Christmas break in fine form, hitting .270 as a team and cruising to a convincing win over the visiting Huskies.

After TWU edged the Huskies (5-6) in a tight first set, the Spartans seized momentum and ran away with the second and third sets to earn their seventh consecutive regular season win.

Elly Wendel (Caronport, Sask.) continued her dominating ways from the right side as she collected 12 kills and added three aces for the Spartans. TWU setter Nikki Cornwall (Coquitlam, B.C.) led the offence with 29 assists and a team-high four blocks. 

Taylor Annala had a team-high nine kills for the Huskies, while setter Mackenzie Pek had 29 assists and two blocks. Libero Jennifer Hueser had a match-high 14 digs. 

TWU has now won 12 straight regular season matches against the Huskies. 

The Spartans took a 14-9 lead in the first set, but the Huskies rallied in the latter stages to get within two points at 21-19. However, a Carpentier kill put TWU back up by three and the Spartans, who hit .320 in the set, hung on for a 25-22 win. 

Saskatchewan slowed the Spartans attack in the second set, holding TWU to a .189 hitting percentage, but couldn't hang with the home side down the stretch and once again the Spartans were rewarded with the set.

TWU took the first point in the third set, built a 9-3 lead and never trailed. Putting together their most efficient set of the night, hitting .333, the Spartans attack rolled to a five-point win.

The teams will play again Saturday at 5 p.m. at the LEC.