Cougars complete weekend sweep with four-set win over Winnipeg

Cougars complete weekend sweep with four-set win over Winnipeg

(By University of Regina Sports Information)

REGINA, Sask. – Taylor Ungar tied the school record for digs in a single match as the University of Regina's women's volleyball team dropped the first set, but won the next three in a four-set win over Winnipeg on Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

The match was the second four-set win for the U of R in as many nights over Winnipeg, giving the Cougars a weekend sweep over the Wesmen and wins in three of their last five Canada West matches.

Winnipeg opened up the match with a 25-23 win, going on an 8-2 run after the media timeout and leading the rest of the way. The Cougars got to within one point in the late going but no closer, as an Alex Rose kill clinched the opening set for the visitors.

But it was all Cougars after that. Diana Lumbala caught fire late in a second set which the Cougars won 25-20, putting down a total of seven kills including on the final three U of R points and five of the team's last seven. She continued that momentum with eight kills in the third set, which saw the Cougars shake off a Winnipeg set point at 24-23 with three straight to win it 26-24.

The fourth set was close until a big 11-3 run turned what had been a two-point Regina lead into a 23-13 advantage. The Cougars had 12 kills and only one error in the set as they hit .379 as a team and clinched the match with a 25-15 victory, improving their Canada West record to 3-13.

Ungar finished with 28 digs, setting a school record for most digs in a four-set Canada West match and tying former U of R libero Kelly Cowan's record for most digs in any match. Lumbala, who tied the U of R's four-set record for points in last night's win, broke that same record tonight. She had 26 points in Friday's win, but was even better on Saturday with a total of 28.5 points off a career-high 22 kills, four aces, a solo block, and three assisted blocks.

Jenna Krahn also had a career high in kills, collecting 15 and only being charged with two errors as she led all players with a .565 hitting percentage and also had 11 digs for a double-double. Molly Wade-Cummings also had an efficient hitting night, recording 10 kills and no errors on 20 attacks as she hit at a .500 clip. Rookie setter Elizabeth Tooth also had a career high with 52 assists and tied her career best with nine digs.

Winnipeg's Alex Rose had a team-high 13 kills and also added 12 digs for a double-double, while Danika Picklyk collected 10 kills and nine digs. Libero Madison Fyvie finished with 18 digs for the Wesmen (1-15), who will continue the Canada West schedule next weekend with two home matches against Saskatchewan.

The Cougars will play six of their final eight matches of the conference schedule away from home, starting next Friday and Saturday at Thompson Rivers.