WINNIPEG - The University of Manitoba Bisons opened up second half play with a straight sets (25-20, 25-14, 25-13) victory over the University of Winnipeg Wesmen in a rare afternoon match Saturday at the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium in Winnipeg.
The win pushes Manitoba to the .500 mark with a record of 6-6. Winnipeg with the loss falls to 1-11.
Kearley Abbott led Manitoba with a match high 14 kills. Tori Studler was next with 10. Setter Sydney Booker had 27 assists and three service aces. Cassie Bujan led the Bisons in digs with 11.
For Winnipeg, Danika Picklyk led the team with nine kills, three service aces and 10 digs. Setter Rylie Dickson finished with 22 assists while Madison Fyvie tied for the team high in digs with 10.
In the opening set Manitoba took an early 12-9 lead, until the Wesmen got back into the set winning four of the next five points to tie the score at 13-13. Manitoba reeled off three straight points to take a 16-13 lead into the technical timeout. The Bisons continued their 7-0 run to extend the lead to 20-13 before closing out the set 25-20.
Manitoba opened the second set with a 9-2 lead forcing a Winnipeg timeout. After the timeout the Wesmen reeled off five straight points to cut the deficit to 9-7. The Bisons went into the technical timeout soon after leading 16-12 and closed out the set on a 9-2 run to win the set by a 25-14 score.
The Bisons dominated set number three leading 16-5 at the technical timeout before eventually closing out the set and the match by a 25-13 margin.
Manitoba will be in action next weekend on home court facing the UBC Thunderbirds. Winnipeg will also be in action on Friday and Saturday hosting the UBC Okanagan Heat.