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Wesmen finish first tournament with three wins

Taylor Boughton, right, had nine kills Sunday in a five-set loss to the Mount Royal Cougars at the Regina Inviational. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)
Taylor Boughton, right, had nine kills Sunday in a five-set loss to the Mount Royal Cougars at the Regina Inviational. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen are coming back home with a winning record following their first non-conference tournament of the season.

The Wesmen women's volleyball team fell 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-27, 25-19, 16-14) in the finale at the Regina Invitational Tournament on Sunday but finished the event with a 3-2 record.

Now the Wesmen turn their attention towards their own five-team Unruh Realty Challenge that begins Friday. Regina, Brandon, Lakehead and Manitoba are in town to compete in the three-day non-conference tournament.

Against Mount Royal, Emma Parker led the way for the Wesmen with 18 kills while Felixe Sturk-Lussier had 17 digs. Middle blocker Taylor Boughton added nine kills.

"It was a tough loss to a very good MRU team," interim head coach Phil Hudson said. "We looked a bit tired after a full weekend of matches. MRU served us tough and made it difficult for us to run our middles. The team fought hard and had chances in Set 5 with a lead but we just couldn't execute our opportunities."

Hudson said the tournament was a good building block as the team prepares to ramp up into conference play a little more than three weeks from now.

"The more of these situations that we find ourselves in that are challenging, the easier it will be to execute technically and tactically," he said. "Overall it was a great weekend for our team. We're learning to believe in ourselves and each other."

The Wesmen open the Unruh tournament with a 10 a.m. match Friday against Lakehead. The Wesmen will also face Brandon on Day 1 (8 p.m.).

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