Sixteen kills each from fourth year outside hitter Elizabeth Wendel and fourth year outside hitter Sophie Carpentier led the No. 4 Trinity Western Spartans back to the Canada West Final Four with a 3-1 win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Friday night at the Langley Events Centre in Langley.
The 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21 win gives TWU the best of three series sweep 2-0 over TRU.
In Thursday’s match, the WolfPack took the first set 25-22 before the Spartans won three straight (25-20,25-21,25-21).
With the win the defending Canada West and CIS champion Spartans head to Kelowna for the Canada West Final Four with the top three teams out of the final four will advance to the CIS women’s volleyball championship in Brandon, Man. March 11-13.
“TRU came and played really well tonight and I was really pleased with our overall play and how we responded. I thought Brie O’Reilly did an excellent job of just solidifying our back row on serve receive and defence, and I thought everyone else played well around her,” commented TWU head coach Ryan Hofer.
“Eli was a work horse for us tonight. She had a lot of volume and her and Katelyn did a great job with our block and I’m always impressed on how Sophie manages the ball. She hasn’t played in 10 days and she is coming out there and playing hard, passing well and blocking and she is cranking the ball,” added Hofer.
TWU third year setter Nikki Cornwall led the Spartans attack finishing with 37 assists, while rookie libero Brie O’Reilly finished the evening with a game high 21 digs.
Attacking percentages were not high in the evenly played match as both teams refused to let the ball hit the floor easily. TRU finished the night with 75 digs, while TWU finished with 67 digs. Consequently the Spartans hit for only 14 percent (45-24-150), while the WolfPack hit for 11.8 percent (45-27-152).
The Spartans play No. 2 Alberta in the semifinals on March 4.