Tyler Crayston, BU Athlete Services and Events
BRANDON, MB – The sixth-ranked Calgary Dinos picked up a four-set road victory over the Brandon Bobcats on Friday night in Canada West women's volleyball action.
The BU women's team got off to a great start as they led 16-11 at the technical timeout. They pulled away for good in the first set as the Bobcats took a 21-16 advantage. Nikala Majewski was stellar off the top and finished the first set with her seventh kill of the opening set.
In the second set, the Dinos grabbed an early 4-2 lead and went up 11-8 and 13-9 before going into the technical timeout up 16-10. From there, Calgary made the match all square.
Calgary continued to build momentum in the third as they led the Bobcats 9-3. BU tried to turn to the tables, but to no avail as they trailed 15-8. Calgary made quick work of Brandon in the third set 25-10.
Intensity picked up in the fourth with the Bobcats having their backs against the wall. Courtney Roberts had a key block to give Brandon a 12-9 spread and at the technical timeout the Bobcats led 16-12.
Brandon's confidence continued to build as they inched closer to forcing a fifth set as they were up 19-15, but the Dinos had other plans.
Calgary collected three straight points and trailed Brandon 19-17.
The two sides battled down the stretch with Breanne Sytnyk scoring a kill followed by an ace from Jodie Baker and BU led 22-20.
The Dinos again strung together a series of points to lead 23-22 and appeared poised to finish off the match.
The Bobcats battled back and saved a pair of match points, but they could not get any closer.
Brandon is still searching for their first win of the conference season at 0-and-5, while Calgary upped their record to 4-and-1 with the win.
The Bobcats will look to bounce back when they welcome the Dinos in the rematch on Saturday.