Zenan Sherbaniuk; Dinos Communications
CALGARY - The University of Calgary women's volleyball team finished off the weekend sweep of the University of Regina Cougars with a straight sets win (25-18, 25-16, 25-21) Saturday evening at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.
After already clinching a home playoff date on Friday night, Calgary looked to win their fifth straight game.
Much like last night's game, neither team was able to string together any lengthy runs in the initial stages of the match. Unlike yesterday's match however, it was the Cougars playing with the small lead early on.
The Dinos grabbed their first lead at 10-9 after an attacking error by Regina and took a lead into the technical timeout with a Jaylynn Moffatt kill. Calgary found some breathing room late, scoring three straight points which forced a Cougars timeout at 20-17. A Laura McManes ace gave the Dinos set point at 24-18 and the set was finished off on the next point after an attacking error by Regina.
The Dinos finished the first set with 13 kills on an astounding 0.440 attacking percentage. Cougars outside hitter Diana Lumbala kept Regina in it, leading all players with six kills.
Another back and forth affair opened the second set before the Dinos rallied off four straight points to stretch their lead to 10-7. Kate Pexman carried the hot hand in the early going recording four kills on the Dinos first ten points. Calgary carried this lead into the technical timeout for the second straight set at 16-10. Following a Pexman kill and service ace, Regina was forced to take a timeout with the Dinos up 23-16. Pexman finished off the set with another ace to give Calgary a two sets to none lead following a 25-16 second set win.
The third set saw a continuation from the first two, with both teams unable to grab more than a two point lead early on. Similar to the second, Calgary found a little breathing room after recording three straight points to force a Cougars timeout. A Leah Shevkenek service ace took the Dinos into the technical timeout with a lead for the third straight set up 16-10. Four straight Cougars points forced a Calgary timeout after seeing their lead cut to three points. The Dinos finally ended the Regina rally with a Moffatt kill after six straight points went to the visitors. Brianna Solberg gave Calgary match point at 24-20 on a service ace and they were able to finish it off with a combined block from Shevkenek and Moffatt.
Calgary finished the match with a remarkable 12 service aces in the three set win and were led by Pexman and Moffatt offensively who recorded 12 and nine kills respectively.
With the win the Dinos improve to 18-4 on the year. The Cougars finish off their 2016-2017 campaign with a record of 3-21. Calgary remains at home next weekend as they conclude their regular season against the number one ranked University of Alberta Pandas. First serve is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday and noon Saturday at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.
Photo by David Moll