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Marathon first set dooms Wesmen in loss to Bisons

Wesmen middle Kely Warmington swings for a kill during the first set of Winnipeg's match with the Manitoba Bisons, Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Wesmen middle Kely Warmington swings for a kill during the first set of Winnipeg's match with the Manitoba Bisons, Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, WESMEN ATHLETICS

The Winnipeg Wesmen weren't able to find a way to get the final point in an extended first set and eventually fell in straight sets to the Manitoba Bisons Friday night.

The Wesmen women's volleyball team had five set points in the first frame but couldn't hammer in the final nail and went on to a 3-0 (32-30, 25-14, 25-19) loss in a Canada West conference match at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. 

The Wesmen (4-15) led at 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 in the first set but the Bisons managed to win three straight points after trailing 30-29, getting two kills from Kearley Abbott and an ace from Tori Studler in between. 

"I was really happy with how we battled in that first set," Wesmen head coach Diane Scott said. "We went up right away, right out of the gate up 6-0, 7-1. We had a swing a couple times (for the set). So you need to get in those moments to get better in those moments. ... We have to keep staying aggressive and working that part of our game."

Emma Parker led the Wesmen, hitting a career-high .486 for the match with 17 kills on 35 swings with no errors. She added 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the season.

Kalena Schulz and Kely Warmington both had five kills for the Wesmen, with Schulz adding 10 digs and Warmington chipping in a solo block and two block assists. Madison Fyvie had a team-high 13 digs. 

"(Warmington and fellow freshman Bella Gierys) are both athletic enough. They need to see the floor to get better at those moments," Scott said. "... Kely is a phenomenal athlete, just smaller, so sometimes people don't respect her. There were a couple things at the end there she just got a little tight and technically a little off, but the other stuff she did was pretty darn good."

The Wesmen hit .125 for the match against Manitoba's .205.

Abbott had 15 kills and 12 digs to pace the Bisons (10-9).

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