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Wesmen take set, lose match against No. 2 Dinos

Emma Parker tied for the team lead with seven kills in the Wesmen women's volleyball team's four-set loss at Calgary on Saturday. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)
Emma Parker tied for the team lead with seven kills in the Wesmen women's volleyball team's four-set loss at Calgary on Saturday. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)

The Winnipeg Wesmen got a jump up on the Calgary Dinos Saturday but couldn't keep it going in a four-set loss to the No. 2-ranked Dinos.

The Wesmen took the first set but dropped a 3-1 (20-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-11) Canada West conference women's volleyball decision Saturday night in Calgary.

The Dinos improved to 14-2 on the season, while Winnipeg fell to 3-13.

The Wesmen hit .226 in that first set when they fell behind early (3-0 and 7-3) before putting together a rally that included seven of 11 points to tie the set at 12-12 and a four-point run that followed to give them a 16-12 edge into the technical timeout. After Winnipeg went up 21-18, the Wesmen surrendered back-to-back points to let the Dinos back in. The Wesmen, however, scored four straight -- three of Emma Parker kills -- to close out the set.

Winnipeg, however, hit .057 the rest of the way and finished .099 for the match. 

Calgary, meanwhile, got stronger as the night went on, hitting above .300 in Sets 2 and 3 before a .583 mark in the fourth set. The Dinos went .336 for the match.

Parker and Ashleigh Laube led the Wesmen with seven kills apiece, and Kalena Schulz and Jess Friesen had six. Parker also had a team-high nine digs. 

Mikaela Cameron, starting her second straight match, had 29 assists plus a solo block and five block assists to lead the team in those categories. 

Kate Pexman had a match-high 20 to lead the Dinos, who also got 16 from Beth Vinnell and 12 from Hannah Tanasichuk.

The Wesmen's next action with be a Jan. 24 home match against the Brandon Bobcats

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