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Win over Alberta highlights Wesmen split to open non-conference season

Felixe Sturk-Lussier had a career-high six aces in a win over Alberta on Friday at the Regina invitational tournament. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)
Felixe Sturk-Lussier had a career-high six aces in a win over Alberta on Friday at the Regina invitational tournament. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)

The Winnipeg Wesmen had a triumphant start to their non-conference women's volleyball season on Friday.

The Wesmen women knocked off the Alberta Pandas 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 23-25, 25-21) at the Regina Invitational Tournament, an event that annually serves as the unofficial kick off to the non-conference season for a number of Canada West teams.

The Wesmen followed the win over Alberta with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-20) loss to Saskatchewan in a second match Friday night.

Kalena Schulz led the way with 16 kills and Rylie Dickson had 12 digs. Felixe Sturk-Lussier had a career-high six aces.

"We served very well as a team and placed a lot of pressure on their receive," Wesmen interim head coach Phil Hudson said. "We played tenacious defence and showed a lot of character after losing Set 3 and being down most of Set 4."

Taylor Kleysen led the Wesmen with nine kills and Haille Bujan, a transfer from Manitoba making her debut with the Wesmen, added seven kills. Second-year setter Mikaela Cameron had 28 assists.

"Saskatchewan was very aggressive with their serve and we were out of system most of the match," Hudson said. "We need to improve our first contact to run a more effective offence."

The tournament continues with matches Saturday against Manitoba and Regina, and Sunday in the close-out match against Mount Royal. 

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