Spartans beat the Heat, off to nationals

Trinity Western Spartans
Trinity Western Spartans' Sophie Carpentier was named a Canada West first team all-star.
— image credit: Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics

A dominating display from Sophie Carpentier helped the Trinity Western Spartans book a return trip to the national championships.

The Spartans women’s volleyball team faced a must-win match on Saturday at UBC’s War Memorial Gymnasium against the UBC-Okanagan Heat in the Canada West Final Four bronze medal match.

And Carpentier finished with 19 kills as the Spartans won 3-1 (18-25,25-16,26-24,25-14).

Trinity Western was playing for third after losing 3-0 (25-17,25-21,25-23) the night before to the Manitoba Bisons.

With their third-place finish, the Spartans move on to their fourth straight appearance at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championships, which run Feb. 28 to March 2 in Regina.

The Spartans, who are seeded third, face the No. 6 Dalhousie Tigers in the quarter-finals.

Prior to the Canada West championships, Carpentier, Alicia Perrin  and Nikki Cornwall earned Canada West conference honours.

Carpentier, an outside hitter,  was named a first team all-star after finishing the season second in the conference in both kills (4.14 per set) and points (4.96 per set). She also led Canada West with 0.51 aces per set.

Perrin was named to the second team after leading the conference with 1.61 blocks per set and averaging 3.65 points per set.

Cornwall was named to the Canada West rookie team after averaging 6.52 assists per set.

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