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Wesmen finish tournament on winning note

Mikaela Cameron (left) and Jess Friesen go up for a block against the Moncton Aigles Bleus Sunday during the Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Mikaela Cameron (left) and Jess Friesen go up for a block against the Moncton Aigles Bleus Sunday during the Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

The Winnipeg Wesmen finished their own tournament with a winning note and will go into the conference season on a positive.

The Wesmen women's volleyball team dispatched of the Moncton Aigles Bleus in the third-place match of the Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge Sunday, defeating the New Brunswick side 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-13) to finish the tournament with three wins in five outings.

Freshman middle blocker Kely Warmington, who got the starts all weekend for an injured Taylor Boughton, came through with eight kills, which tied for a team-high with fourth-year right side Kalena Schulz.

"We've had a really heavy month and to get through this was critical, and to finish with a win and get three wins out of five is a huge positive," Wesmen head coach Diane Scott said. "It helps us on a lot of levels – emotionally, and confidence and those sorts of things. It's also an indicator that we have a bunch of work to do."

Ashleigh Laube added a team-high seven digs and five aces.

The Wesmen are now off until their conference opener when they head to Regina Oct. 26-27. The Cougars claimed the tournament title Sunday afternoon by defeating the Brandon Bobcats 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18).

"I think it's good to get a couple wins under our belt just to get the feeling of that and know what it's like and build off from there," third-year libero Madison Fyvie said. "It was a good weekend all around and we're ready to take Regina."

Setter Satomi Togawa was named the Nikki Redekop Memorial Award winner as the tournament MVP. The award is named after the former Wesmen star who passed away after a battle with cancer in 1994.

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