DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen bounced back Saturday and vaulted themselves into the holiday break on a winning note.
Emma Parker had 11 kills and 12 digs and the Wesmen women's volleyball team blew past the Regina Cougars 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-18) in a Canada West conference match at the Duckworth Centre. It was Parker's fourth double-double of the season and it helped move the Wesmen record to 5-7. With those five wins, the Wesmen have already eclipsed the full-season win totals of each of the past three seasons.
"It's a good statement for us after playing so flat last night," Wesmen interim head coach Phil Hudson said. "It could have been easy for us to fold the tent and be happy with four wins on the first half of the season but now we finished off on a high note. We served a lot better, we first-contacted a lot better, we set the ball better. We did every component of the game better, which resulted in a much easier time."
After playing "flat" — in Hudson's words — in a straight-sets loss on Friday, the Wesmen found their energy on Saturday, hitting .400 in the first set and .214 for the night.
"If you win on the first night you can always count on the team who lost to raise their level of performance the next night," Regina head coach Melanie Sanford said. "You need to raise your performance just as much as they do and we didn't do that tonight. It's as simple as that."
Britt Davis had eight kills and 13 digs to lead the Cougars, who also got seven kills from Diana Lumbala and a match-high 15 digs from Sierra Paris-Kruger.
Regina hit .056 for the night.