Lumbala shines as Cougars take down Winnipeg in four

Lumbala shines as Cougars take down Winnipeg in four

(By University of Regina Sports Information)

REGINA, Sask. – Diana Lumbala's career-high 21 kills powered the University of Regina's women's volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Winnipeg on Friday night in a Canada West match at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

Lumbala had just one hitting error on 36 attacks, finishing with a blistering .556 hitting percentage and also piling up eight digs and eight blocks as the second-year outside hitter flirted with a triple-double in the victory.

The Cougars hit .361 as a team and opened up the match with a 25-16 win in the first set, only to have Winnipeg come back to win 25-18 in the second. The Cougars took a big 19-12 lead in the pivotal third set, but after a Wesmen timeout the visitors went on an impressive 12-4 run to give them a set point at 24-23. But Regina survived that Winnipeg set point with a Jenna Krahn kill, then a Molly Wade-Cummings kill kept the set alive on the Wesmen's second set point. The Cougars got their own set point at 26-25 which Winnipeg shook off with a Karissa Kuhr kill, but back-to-back kills by Lumbala gave the U of R a 28-26 win.

The fourth set was simply all Cougars. They hit .375 as a team in the set, which they led from start to finish and at one point scored 12 consecutive points on an extended serving run by Elizabeth Tooth. Regina won 25-10 in the fourth to clinch its second Canada West victory of the season.

"We wanted to serve really aggressively tonight and I think we did a good job tonight of sticking to that game plan," Cougars interim head coach Shane Smith said. "I was proud of our effort tonight, especially the way we toughed it out after that second set. And Diana (Lumbala) was on fire for us."

The Cougars made several additions to the school record book in the win, led by Molly Wade-Cummings setting a new University of Regina mark for most blocks in a four-set Canada West match with 11. Two other four-set records were tied on Friday night, both of which were originally set back during the 2002-03 season – third-year libero Taylor Ungar matched Samantha Lawrek's record of 25 digs, while Lumbala tied Tara Smart's record of 26 points scored with her 21 kills, eight assisted blocks, and one service ace.

Tooth finished with a career-high 38 assists and added eight digs, while Leah Sywanyk got the start and had eight kills and six digs. Krahn finished with six kills and 12 digs for the Cougars (2-13).

Kuhr and Danika Picklyk both had 11 kills for Winnipeg, with Picklyk adding 13 digs for a double-double. Libero Madison Fyvie had a team-leading 21 kills and was even credited with a kill on the final point of the second set after one of her digs came over the net and down onto the Regina side of the court. Maria Colvin finished with eight kills and a .412 hitting percentage.

The two teams will finish off the weekend series on Saturday night (5:00) at the CKHS.