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Wesmen have chance to snap streak in final weekend

U of W's Emma Parker digs up an Alberta swing during action Saturday night at the Duckworth Centre. (Kelly Morton photo)
U of W's Emma Parker digs up an Alberta swing during action Saturday night at the Duckworth Centre. (Kelly Morton photo)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Wesmen have one more weekend to try and put an end to their losing streak.

The good news is they're getting a team that might just serve as a slump-buster.

Kory White again led the Alberta Pandas in kills, notching 16 Saturday night in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-18) victory over the Wesmen in a Canada West women's volleyball match at the Duckworth Centre.

The Wesmen have lost 19 Canada West matches in a row, a byproduct of having a team populated almost entirely by first- and second-year players.

"We don't like taking it to heart too much," outside hitter Emma Parker said. "Obviously we want to win but we can't think about losing all the time because then it'll just get in our head and it'll get even worse. So we're just trying to stay positive."

The Wesmen will head to Edmonton next weekend for two matches against the MacEwan Griffins, who stand just two points above the Wesmen in the conference standings with a 2-20 record and immersed currently in a seven-match losing streak.

VIDEO: Emma Parker after the Wesmen loss

Kalena Schulz led the Wesmen (1-21) Saturday with eight kills and a match-high nine digs. Parker added seven and eight, and setter Rylie Dickson had a team-high four blocks.

"The sets were really good today and Ry did a really good job setting me outside," Parker said. "The middles were keeping the middle (blockers) out so I kept having a seam, so it was perfect. A team effort."

Alberta improved to 13-9 and kept its hopes of hosting a first-round series alive in the process. The Pandas came into Saturday two points back of fourth-place Trinity Western.

Alberta has now won four in a row and six of its last seven. The Pandas haven't dropped a set in four straight matches.

Shauntelle Hogg and Erin Corbett both added eight kills, while Hogg had a match-high five blocks.