The Trinity Western University women’s volleyball team’s pre-season long win streak came to an end around midday Sunday at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans fell in four sets to Calgary’s Mount Royal University Cougars in their final game of the West Coast Classic at the LEC.
Scores were 25-23, 29-27, 20-25, and 25-14.
TWU took 6-0 pre-season and 4-0 tournament records into the game following its thrilling five-set win over the York Lions Saturday at the LEC.
The evening victory capped a winning Saturday for the Spartans, who swept Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in three sets that afternoon.
With her team trailing 11-6 in the fifth set against York, Spartans setter Lauren Moncks went to the serving line and, quite literally, served TWU to a win.
With Moncks at the line, the Spartans earned nine straight points to pull out the five-set win.
Scores were 25-15, 24-26, 25-20, 25-27, and 15-11.
“We’re learning how to communicate better and some of the flaws came out against York,” Spartans coach Ryan Hofer said, following the match. “But we learned a little bit about the things we need to improve upon. Sophie Carpentier played really well tonight as did Alicia Perrin, who was playing on the right side. It was great to see the team work through the challenges of being down by a deficit in a fifth set. I’m really proud of the toughness and resolve they showed.”
Earlier in the day, the Spartans picked up a 3-0 win over TRU.
Scores were 25-19, 25-12, and 25-12.
“We had a good win over TRU this morning and it was a good opportunity to cycle players through the lineup and gel as a team,” Hofer said late Saturday.
The Spartans will now prepare for their regular season opener Oct. 25 when they will host six-time defending CIS champion UBC.
Game time is at 6 p.m. at the LEC.
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