Top-ranked Trinity Western wins in three over Cougars

Top-ranked Trinity Western wins in three over Cougars

(By University of Regina Sports Information)

REGINA, Sask. – The top-ranked Trinity Western Spartans took a three-set win over the Regina Cougars as both teams opened up the Canada West schedule on Friday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

Trinity Western (1-0) put a halt to a late Regina run in the first set with three straight points to take a 25-19 victory, then put away the match with back-to-back 25-14 wins in the second and third sets.

Trinity Western's four returning All-Canadians did most of the damage in the win. Sophie Carpentier and Elizabeth Wendel both had 11 kills as the two tied for the match lead in the category. Nikki Cornwall had 31 assists, tied for the team lead with eight digs, and added five blocks, while Katelyn Devaney led all players with seven blocks and added seven kills.

Libero Rachel Flink added eight digs for the Spartans, who hit .176 as a team and had a total of 10 service aces in the victory.

Jenna Krahn, the only fifth-year player in the U of R lineup on Friday, had a team-high seven kills for the Cougars (0-1) while Ashlee Sandiford chipped in with five. Third-year libero Taylor Ungar had a match-leading 12 digs.

The first set saw the Cougars take a timeout after two straight Trinity Western points coming off the technical timeout gave them an 18-11 advantage. The home side responded with eight of the next 12 points to cut the Spartans' lead to three at 22-19, but that was as close as they'd come. The veteran Trinity Western squad put the Cougars away with three points in a row, two of which came courtesy of Sophie Carpentier – one on a kill, and a set-clinching service ace to finish off the first.

Trinity Western finished the second set on a 10-3 run to claim a 25-14 win, and controlled the third set from start to finish after an early run of five straight points gave the Spartans a 5-1 lead.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night (5:00) at the CKHS.