DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen have been on a roll in their first non-conference tournament of the season.
The Wesmen women's volleyball team won for the third time in four outings late Saturday night, knocking off the host Regina Cougars 3-2 (25-21, 25-12, 24-26, 11-25, 15-6) in the second match of the day at the non-conference season-opening Regina Invitational Tournament. Earlier, the Wesmen beat the Manitoba Bisons in four sets (25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22).
"It was a hard-fought match that was determined by serve receive," Wesmen interim head coach Phil Hudson said. "We had some missed serves and below-average reception in Set 3 that gave Regina more confidence and life. But we rebounded well in Set 5 with stronger serving and tenacious defence. I'm really proud of how the team hung together and pulled out a win in Set 5."
Against Manitoba, Kalena Schulz again led the Wesmen with 11 kills against her former team. Sophomore Kely Warmington added a career-high four aces and setter Rylie Dickson had 36 assists and 16 digs.
"I'm really proud of how our group is learning to play from 20 points on," Hudson said.
The Wesmen, now 3-1 in non-conference play, close out the tournament with their lone match Sunday against Mount Royal. That game will serve as the de facto championship game between the tournament's top two teams by record through two days.