The No. 1-ranked Trinity Western women’s volleyball team set program record with its 14th-straight win to start the season after beating Brandon 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-18) on Jan. 5 at the Healthy Living Centre.
The Spartans completed a weekend sweep with a convincing victory over the Bobcats to set the team’s all-time mark for consecutive wins to start a season. The winning streak betters the 13-game run TWU posted to start the 2015-16 season.
“I’m very proud of this group,” said head coach Ryan Hofer. “They showed a lot of focus and were under control tonight. They were dialled into one play at a time.”
“We played really well defensively and put a lot of pressure on Brandon with our attack and our serve. Getting through this weekend with a sweep is fantastic. The first weekend out of the break is always a challenge, so I’m really happy with how our team played here.”
TWU hit .234 on the night to Brandon’s .028, which included 25 kills to 22 errors on offence. The Spartans also out-dug the Bobcats 52-42 as a team to remain perfect on the season in conference play. With the loss, Brandon’s record falls to 3-11.
Including the preseason, the Spartans now have a perfect 23-0 record this season.
Micaylee Pucilowski (Kelowna, B.C.) paced the Spartans with 11 kills and seven digs while Hilary Howe (Calgary) put up 10 kills.
Fourth-year setter Brie King (Langley, B.C.) was outstanding for the second straight night, finishing just shy of a double-double with 29 assists and nine digs.
Mikaelyn Sych (Airdrie, Alta.) also had a great game at the net putting up eight kills and five blocks while Avery Heppell (Langley) wasn’t far behind with seven kills and five blocks.
Brandon was led by fifth-year left side Nikala Majewski’s double-double, which included a team-high 10 kills and 10 digs.
[Source: TWU Spartans]