Matt Gutsch - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics
EDMONTON – The No.1 ranked University of Alberta Pandas volleyball team recorded their ninth consecutive win of the 2016-17 Canada West season thanks to a straight sets win (25-17, 25-13 and 25-16) over the winless Regina Cougars on Friday night at the Saville Community Sports Centre.
NEED to know: Pandas improve to 9-0
Game Star: Kacey Otto (UofA) – 11 kills, .429 hitting %, 2 aces, 12 digs
Game Star: Leah Sywanyk (Regina) – 6 kills, .556 hitting %, 1 ace, 3 digs
Stat Line: Pandas – 38 kills , 9 errors, 71 attacks, .408%, 35 assists, 7 aces, 7 serve errors, 4 receive errors, 35 digs, 3 total blocks. Cougars – 24 kills, 13 errors, 76 attacks, .145%, 22 assists, 4 aces, 12 serve errors, 7 receive errors, 20 digs, 1 total block
The Pandas are now 9-0 on the season, and remain the only undefeated team in Canada West women's volleyball. Regina, meanwhile drops to 0-9 on the season.
Alberta received a match high 11 kills from fifth-year outside hitter Kacey Otto, who also recorded two aces and a match high 12 digs. Meg Casault, an all-Canadian in 2015-16, picked up 10 kills in the win, while Karly Janssen had eight kills, no errors and a 73% attack percentage.
The Cougars were led by six kills each from Jenna Krahn and Leah Sywanyk. Sywanyk, who previously played at South Florida State College, also had a 56% attack percentage, as well as one of four aces for Regina.
The two teams will conclude their two game series on Saturday evening with a 5:00 p.m. MST match time. The series is the last conference match-up for both teams in the 2016 calendar year, as Canada West will break for Christmas and the exam season following this weekend's play.