Brie O'Reilly and her Trinity Western Spartans teammates improved to 11-1 after a pair of wins over the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies over the weekend at the Langley Events Centre.

Spartan men suffer first loss; women keep winning

Both Trinity Western volleyball teams are 11-1, ranked top three in the country

The Trinity Western Spartans picked up where they left off before the holiday break, winning two more matches to push their Canada West win streak to eight and improve to 11-1 in conference play.

The Spartans, who are ranked third in the country, defeated the Saskatchewan Huskies 3-0 and 3-1 on Friday and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

Sophie Carpentier and Elly Wendel led the attack with 14 and 12 kills, respectively, in Saturday’s four-set (25-23,22-25,25-13,25-15) victory.

Nikki Cornwall guided the TWU offence to a .303 hitting percentage while collecting 37 assists and a team-high seven digs.

The Spartans also had 14 aces, led by three apiece from Carpentier and Wendel.

In Friday’s contest, TWU won in straight sets (25-22,25-19,25-20) as they hist a collective .409 with another nine aces.

The TWU men’s volleyball suffered their first loss of the season as they split with the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies.

The Spartans won 3-1 in the opener before losing the rematch 3-0 to fall to 11-1.

Despite the loss, TWU is still ranked No. 1 in the country.

The Spartans lost the first set on Friday, 28-26, before rebounding to win 27-25, 25-16 and 25-20, hitting .386 as team.

Ryan Sclater led the attack with 17 kills while Eric Loeppky (13) and Blake Scheerhoorn (11) also had double-digit kills. Loeppky also had four service aces.

But Saturday’s rematch saw the team hit just .144 with Sclater and Scheerhoorn leading the way with 11 kills apiece.

The Huskies won the first two sets by identical 25-21 scores and closed the match with a 27-25 win.

Both Spartan teams host Thompson Rivers this weekend at the LEC.

Scott Stewart TWU Athletics

Carter Bergen makes a diving stab at the ball during his team’s victory over Saskatchewan on Friday at the Langley Events Centre. Saskatchewan would win the rematch the next night, the first loss in 12 matches this season for the Trinity Western side.

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