Brendan Stasiewich, Mount Royal Sports Information
CALGARY- The Trinity Western Spartans are heading into the December break with a 9-1 record on the year after knocking down the 4-6 Mount Royal Cougars in straight sets on Saturday afternoon (25-16, 25-22, 25-23).
Sophie Carpentier played another solid game for the Spartans, making 17 kills. Elizabeth Wendel, Katelyn Devaney, Rachel Flink and Nikki Cornwall all did their part as well, standing out for the Spartans.
The Cougars struggled to get their rallies going early. Setups were often sloppy leading to poor hit attempts, many of which sailed out of bounds. As a result the Spartans stormed out to a 6-0 lead, and increased it to 16-7 after the five early Cougars' hitting errors.
Katelyn Devaney had a strong set for the Spartans; knocking down each of her five kill attempts. Meanwhile the Cougars' struggles continued, hitting just seven per cent for the set, which they would eventually go on to drop 25-16.
The Cougars came out stronger in the second set, yet were still unable to get the upper hand on the top team in the Canada West Conference. Elizabeth Wendel kept the Cougars in check with her offense, later in the set making a picture perfect kill to put the Spartans up 19-13.
The Cougars stormed back thanks to two straight service aces by Cassidy Kitchen and then back-to-back kills from Julia Kryzan. The home team would then win two more, making it six in a row to tie the set at 19.
The back and fourth match continued as the Spartans put a stop to the Cougars momentum, winning three in a row after a timeout, putting them up 22-19.
A few points later Taylor Pelland's kill attempt was blocked by a Spartan player, landing behind Pelland and painting the line to give the Spartans a set point. Amy Gordon would put a serve into the next a few points later to give Trinity Western a 25-22 second set win.
The Cougars comeback attempt began with solid play in the third set. After an Alex Donaghy block the Cougars had one of their few leads of the match, up 15-14.
As they did the entire game, the Spartans raised their game to the highest level when they needed to most. With the game tied at 20 the Spartans made two straight kills followed by a block by Nikki Cornwall to go up 23-20.
A few points later Sophie Carpentier would crush her 17th kill of the game, giving the Spartans a 25-23 final set win.
Mount Royal will visit Regina following the break on January 6 while Trinity Western will host a couple matches against the Saskatchewan Huskies.