University of Regina Sports Information
REGINA - The No. 1-ranked team in U Sports completed a weekend road sweep on Saturday night as Trinity Western won in three sets over the Regina Cougars at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
The Spartans (2-0) led from start to finish in a 25-19 win in the first set, then had come-from-behind 25-22 and 27-25 wins in the second and third sets to clinch the match.
Elizabeth Wendel and Sophie Carpentier led Trinity Western in kills with 16 and 12. Katelyn Devaney added eight kills and a match-high eight blocks while leading all players with a .429 hitting percentage, while setter Nikki Cornwall had 37 assists and 11 digs for the match's lone double-double.
Kathleen Bruce, Ashlee Sandiford, and Haley Wagar each collected seven kills for the Cougars, who fall to 0-2 on the year with the loss. Kirstin Greve had 28 assists, while Taylor Ungar and Jenna Krahn chipped in defensively with 11 digs and 10 digs, respectively.
The first set saw Trinity Western jump out of the gates with a quick 7-2 run that forced an early Cougar timeout. Regina cut the lead to two at two different points, but the Spartans never led by fewer than three points after the technical timeout and took opened up with a 25-19 win.
The second and third sets followed similar scripts, with the youthful Cougars putting Trinity Western on the ropes late but the Spartans battling back both times. Regina had a 21-18 lead in the second set, only to see the Spartans score seven of the final eight points to take a 25-22 win. And in the third, the Cougars led 23-20 before Trinity Western collected four consecutive points and eventually pulled out a 27-25 win.
The Cougars will search for their first win of the Canada West season on the road next weekend, as they battle the Manitoba Bisons (0-2) in a pair of matches.