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WVB | Wesmen unable to score sweep of Heat

Mikaela Cameron sets up a Wesmen attack during a women's volleyball match against the UBCO Heat in Kelowna, B.C., on Jan. 11, 2020. (UBCO Athletics photo)
Mikaela Cameron sets up a Wesmen attack during a women's volleyball match against the UBCO Heat in Kelowna, B.C., on Jan. 11, 2020. (UBCO Athletics photo)

KELOWNA, B.C. — Ashleigh Laube and Mikaela Cameron both set career-highs, but the Winnipeg Wesmen weren't able to come home with a weekend sweep after a setback Saturday.

Laube had a career-high 19 kills to go along with 17 digs and the Wesmen women's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-12, 25-22) decision to the UBC-Okanagan Heat in a Canada West conference match.

Laube topped her previous career-high of 16 set in November against Brandon. She hit .283 on the night, making just four errors on a career-high 53 swings. 

Cameron, starting in place of fifth-year setter Rylie Dickson, who had an academic commitment, set a career-high for digs with 19. Cameron also had three kills on three attempts and 31 assists.

The Wesmen hit .180 for the night, while UBCO attacked at a .244 rate for the match.

Amaya Perry led the way for the Heat with 18 kills. Hellen Lacava added 13. 

The Wesmen, who handed the Heat just their second straight-sets loss of the season on Friday, fell to 7-9 on the season to sit in seventh place in the Canada West conference, two points clear of UBC and UBCO, who both have two matches in hand. 

"Great weekend from us, a good showing," Wesmen interim head coach Phil Hudson said. "(UBCO) played way better today, way more in the system, we just didn't match it. We had a lot more unforced errors today and they deserved to win.

 
"When you win the first night, you know the other team is going to step it up and we have to answer that. They bring their best game and we haven't. Last weekend against Thompson Rivers, we won the first, they stepped up, we didn't answer. So it is a learning process for our girls and we'll keep working together on it for next weekend."
 
The Wesmen will be on the road again next weekend in Saskatoon taking on the Saskatchewan Huskies.