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WVB | Wesmen secure playoff spot on final week of season

Haille Bujan was among three Wesmen players who had eight kills Friday, February 14, 2020 in a loss to the Mount Royal Cougars. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)
Haille Bujan was among three Wesmen players who had eight kills Friday, February 14, 2020 in a loss to the Mount Royal Cougars. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)

CALGARY — The Winnipeg Wesmen booked their long-awaited trip to the playoffs on Friday.

Thanks to a Calgary Dinos win over the UBC-Okanagan Heat in Calgary Friday night, the Wesmen women's volleyball team secured its first Canada West post-season berth since 2012.

Later on, the Wesmen dropped a straight-sets, but scrappy decision to the No. 4-ranked Mount Royal Cougars, 28-26, 25-20, 27-25. 

The loss dropped Winnipeg's record to 9-13, but Calgary's win ensured the Heat cannot catch the Wesmen in the standings and the Dinos sets won/lost ratio will not be good enough to pass Winnipeg in the event of a tiebreaker. 

Haille Bujan had eight kills and hit .333 for the Wesmen, who went on a 7-0 run in the first set to wipe out a 23-16 deficit and eventually force extra points. 

In the third set, the Wesmen held a 23-20 lead but gave up four straight Cougar points. 

Emma Parker and Ashleigh Laube both added eight kills for the Wesmen, with Parker chipping in 12 digs and Laube adding four aces. Kalena Schulz had seven kills and three aces.

The Cougars, the conference's No. 2 team, improved to 20-3 behind Nyadholi Thokbuom's 18 kills and .643 hitting. Cassidy Kitchen added 11 kills.

The two teams will meet in the final conference match of the season Saturday at 8 p.m., which can be seen live on canadawest.tv sponsored by Co-Op.

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