Spartans draw WolfPack in quarters

Trinity Western women's volleyball team coming off first 20-win regular season in program history

The Thompson Rivers WolfPack stand in the way of the Trinity Western Spartans.

The Spartans women’s volleyball team hosts the WolfPack in a best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series at the Langley Events Centre.

Games one and two are on Thursday and Friday, and game three, if necessary, would be Saturday. All three matches begin at 7 p.m.

The Spartans were third in the regular season at 20-4 while the WolfPack was sixth at 12-12.

And the teams should be quite familiar to one another, having just played earlier this month in Kamloops with the team trading four-set victories.

The Spartans are coming off another split as they closed the regular season by beating UBC 3-1 on Friday night before the T-Birds bounced back to win 3-0 the following night. Both games were at the LEC.

“UBC adjusted from yesterday and made some very good adjustments that we didn’t respond to and they played a very good game,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “I’m going to give full credit to UBC for how they played, but we lacked a little bit of fight tonight.

“We’re one of the best blocking teams in the country and we weren’t able to utilize that the way we normally do. We’re going to get back to work and we’re going to fix some stuff and we’re going to get better.”

Elly Wendel led the Spartans with 13 kills while Nikki Cornwall had 25 assists in UBC’s straight sets 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-15) victory.

In Friday’s 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-16, 29-27) win, Wendel had 21 kills while Kristin Anton had seven blocks and Mariel Garcia had 14 digs.

The 20 victories mark a program best for TWU.

 

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