Sam Trimming, Dinos Communications Assistant
CALGARY - The University of Calgary Dinos played their second of two matches this weekend against the Winnipeg Wesmen and, in a much closer match then the first, final was a 3-2 win for the Dinos (25-23, 21-25, 27-29, 25-16, 15-11).
Kate Pexman continued her dominant weekend by putting up five kills in the early stages of the first set, catapulting the Dinos to an 8-3 lead, then continued the trend surpassing her number of kills from last match in the first set alone. The Wesmen pushed to bring it back to a one-point game late in the set but could complete the comeback thanks to Jaylynn Moffatt who was a brick wall in front of the net, posting seven blocks on the night. The Dinos would go on to take the set 25-23.
The second set was close down to the final few points, but was challenging for the Dinos' outside hitters as they couldn't seem to crack Winnipeg's libero Madison Fyvie as she stopped their attacks with 13 digs in the set. Couple that with the offensive breakout of Karissa Kuhr and Jessica Friesen who had nine and five kills on the set respectively, and the Wesmen would go on to win their first set in four games, 25-21.
After a slow start to the third set, the Dinos subbed on Hannah Tanasichuk and Lexis Peart who made an instant impact, followed by back-to-back kills by Pexman to give the Dinos their first lead of the set. They kept it close but were eventually beaten by Winnipeg's offensive depth, by a score of 29-27.
"We had to do a better job defending their right side attack, so we made adjustments which made a really big difference," said Gurnsey of her team's response heading into the fourth set. "Winnipeg did a great job defending, which can get frustrating for our hitters, so we discussed specific angles our hitters needed to attack to be successful, as well as to be patient, yet aggressive."
The fourth set was ultimately decided by the Dinos' patience and defence. Moffatt put up seven blocks on the match, including back to back blocks leading to a 14-10 lead for the Dinos. Outside hitter Laura McManes was a force in the set, throwing down three kills and putting up the final point in the 25-16 win.
The final set was started by Pexman's 20th kill of the match, and multiple errors by the Wesmen giving the Dinos an early lead in the final set. The Dinos would hold the lead through out the set, and add a duo of blocks from starting setter Leah Shevkenek to bring them to the win off of a service error by Winnipeg, by a final score of 15-11.
The Dinos go on to a 3-1 start on the season, while Winnipeg falls to 0-6. Calgary heads to face the Brandon Bobcats on the road next weekend before returning home to face Mount Royal Thursday, Nov. 24.