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Spartans earn spot in post-season dance

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Trinity Western's Alicia Perrin sends her shot past the block of Manitoba Bisons' Crystal Mulder during the Spartans 3-1 victory on Jan. 19 at the Langley Events Centre.
— image credit: TWU Athletic Department

It remains home sweet home for the Trinity Western Spartans women's volleyball team as they improved to 9-0 at the Langley Events Centre.

The Spartans won twice over the visiting Manitoba Bisons, improving the team to 14-2 in Canada West conference play and allowing them to maintain second spot in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national rankings. They also clinched a post-season berth.

Trinity Western won 3-0 (25-18,25-17,25-22) and 3-1 (25-22,26-28,25-22,25-16).

on Friday and Saturday at the LEC.

Leading the way on Saturday was Alicia Perrin, who had a career-high 19 kills. This came 24 hours after she struggled with just two kills.

"Last night was kind of a struggle but I feel we (setter Kelci French) got our connection back, which is good," Perrin said.

"She started setting me a lot higher, which is what I needed. I felt like I was hitting really low and I wasn't making good choices.

"Kelci and I talked about it and changed a few things and it worked much better."

Amy Ott had 10 kills, nine digs and four blocks while Nicole Bazin had five kills and a match-high nine blocks. Amber Brown had eight kills to go along with a match-high three aces and a team-high 14 digs.

French finished with a career-high 45 assists and five digs.

"I think we did a really good job of managing the ball off of their serve," said Trinity Western coach Ryan Hofer.

"It was one of our beter passing nights and we needed that because they're a really good blocking team."

Royal Richardson and Amber Brown combined for 28 kills in Friday's straight-sets victory. Richardson had 15 kills and a .591 hitting percentage while Brown also had a match-high 12 digs and three aces.

The Spartans hit the road this weekend in Calgary for a pair of matches against the Mount Royal Cougars.

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