Written by Braedan Willis
It was a tight game between the University of Manitoba and the University of Regina women's volleyball teams on Saturday Nov. 5. The afternoon game saw the Bisons win in four sets (25-17, 20-25, 25-17, 30-28) over the Cougars at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.
With the two home win Manitoba improves to 2-2 and Regina falls to 0-4.
"It was a great two wins for us this weekend, a great team effort all around and hopefully we can keep it going next weekend" said Bison head coach Jon Hykawy.
The Bisons would take an early 3-0 lead in the first set after Sydney Booker put down three straight service aces to start the match. Regina would battle back and force a very back and forth set until the Bisons would eventually pull ahead and take the first set by score of 25-17. Kathleen Bruce led the visiting side in kills with three.
The second set would see the Bisons take the lead to start but a few handling errors and mistakes gave Regina a 14-12 lead. The Cougars offence came alive and was putting Manitoba players all over the court in attempt to defend. Bison middle, Jocelyn Koswin, had a strong second set with three kills and a block playing part of a few thrilling rallies. Both teams would keep the set close but the Cougars would eventually pull away and tie the game at one set each with a 25-20 second set victory.
Both teams would continue to battle for points with the Herd carrying a 16-13 lead at the timeout. Manitoba's defensive game finally looked strong with a couple great blocks coming from the Abbott sisters, Josie and Kearley. Regina's Taylor Ungar helped kept the Cougars within striking distance leading all players with 17 digs through three sets. The home side would finally spark their offense and take the third set 25-17.
The Cougars would take an early 7-4 lead in the forth set. Back to back big plays coming from Josie Abbott would help the Bisons pull even at 8-8. The score would remain tight with Regina holding a slim 16-15 lead at the timeout. Jenna Krahn would continue to lead the Cougar attack with 14 kills for her squad. Josie Abbott kept up her strong game making a key dig and putting down a big kill to tie the fourth set up at 22-22. The teams would trade points but the Bisons would take the long fourth set 30-28 and the match with a double block from Haille Bujan and Darby Coughlin.
Josie Abbott lead the home team with 14 kills and sister Kearley had 13 kills. Regina's Ashlee Sandiford backed up teammate Jenna Krahn with 12 kills.
Manitoba will travel to play UBC Okanagan next week (Nov. 11-12) in Kelowna. Regina will have a conference bye before playing Saskatchewan at home Nov. 18-19.