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NO. 1 SPARTANS BEAT BRANDON TO SET PROGRAM WIN STREAK RECORD

NO. 1 SPARTANS BEAT BRANDON TO SET PROGRAM WIN STREAK RECORD

BRANDON, Man. – 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) Saturday 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.

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.) 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.

QUOTABLE
Ryan Hofer – TWU Head Coach
"I'm very proud of this group. They showed a lot of focus and were under control tonight. They were dialed 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."

Alison Quiring – Fifth-year Middle
"We are the closest of friends and we are really good at talking through things and we're very open and honest with each other and that just really brings us together and it really shows on the court. It felt like a nice closing on my career being my last time playing in Brandon, so yeah it felt really good."

NOTABLE
• TWU's winning streak in 2015-16 was snapped by Alberta when TWU lost to the Pandas in five sets Jan. 9. That year, the Spartans went on to win the Canada West championship and a U SPORTS silver medal.
• Fifth-year Spartan Alison Quiring, who hails from Brandon, had two kills, two digs and a block in her last regular season trip to her hometown.
• With her five blocks, Sych continues to lead Canada West with 1.54 blocks per set.

UP NEXT
The Spartans have a bye next weekend before returning to action Jan. 18-19 when they host Thompson Rivers.

About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.

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