Women’s Volleyball (Westcoast Classic)
Saturday, January 03, 2004
TWU Spartans (3) vs the Dalhousie University Tigers (2)
(25-15, 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-9)
Run, Run, Run…
Langley, British Columbia – The team with the most runs would win tonight’s match between the Trinity Western University Spartans and the Dalhousie University Tigers. Both teams battled to take control of the match as each was able to shut down their opponent for a number of extended runs. In the end it was the Spartans who outlasted the Tigers for a come-from-behind 3-2 five-set victory (25-15, 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-9). The win moves the Spartans to 1-2 in UBC’s West Coast Classic Tournament.
After tying the match up at two sets apiece the Spartans dominated the start of the fifth set. TWU quickly jumped out to a 7-1 lead. From that point on the Tigers were fighting an uphill battle to win the match. They closed to with in four points, 10-6, after a kill by Dalhousie’s Jennifer Ward. But that was as close as they would get, as TWU’s returning National Team middle Lies Verhoeff finished off the Tigers with her fifth kill of the set to give TWU a 15-9 victory.
In the first set, the two teams exchanged points until the first timeout (TWU 8 – Dal 6) and then the Spartans took control. TWU gained the advantage with a 14-5 run to go up 21-14. TWU used the momentum to take the first set 25-15.
The way set two started it looked like it was going to be an early night for the Spartans. TWU jumped out to a solid 7-0 lead before Dalhousie was able to gather themselves. But the Tigers would not quit. They kept battling and gradually whittled away at the Spartan lead. Then with the score 22-20 the Tigers closed out the set with a solid 5-0 run to take the set 25-22.
The third set looked like a mirror image of set two. Dalhouise carried their momentum from the second set right into the third. The Tigers kept their run going as they took a 7-0 lead over the Spartans. The run gave the Tigers an amazing 12 straight points. But just like the second set the trailing team battled back. The Spartans stayed focused and after a Lies Verhoeff kill, TWU had tied the set at 22-22. Unfortunately for the Spartans they were unable to maintain their momentum as Dalhousie closed out the set 25-22.
The Spartans came out focused in the fourth set, determined to take the match to a fifth set. TWU took a slim 8-6 lead at the first time out . TWU kept pressing and built their lead to 16-12 at the second technical timeout, then extended their lead to 20-13. Dalhousie was unable to find an answer to shut down the Spartans. TWU kept pushing and after a double block by Verhoeff and Alicia Van Huizen the Spartans had extended the match to a fifth set with a solid 25-16 win.
In West Coast Classic Tournament action yesterday at UBC the Spartans opened the tournament with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16) loss to Alberta and a 3-1 (25-20, 26-28, 25-19, 25-18) loss to UBC. The Spartans will conclude the tournament tomorrow at UBC with matches against SFU at 10:00 am and Laval at 2:30 pm. Today’s loss drops the Tigers to 1-2 in tournament action.
Next league action for TWU is hosting the SFU Clan on Friday January 9, 2004. Game time at TWU is scheduled for 6:00 pm.