By: Matt Packwood, Brandon University Sports Information
BRANDON – The Brandon Bobcats battled from an early deficit to take three sets in a row for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19) win over the Manitoba Bisons on Friday.
Manitoba stormed out of the gates to a 16-11 lead at the technical timeout of the first set, hitting .344 in the first to BU's .162. Nikala Majewski was the source of BU's offence in the first, registering seven kills, and that would be a sign of things to come as the third-year left-side would go on to tie a career-high in kills.
The second set was much the same, Manitoba holding a 16-11 lead heading into the technical, but that proved to be the turning point as BU righted the ship before taking the set 25-23.
From there on it was a battle, as the two teams went toe-to-toe before the Bobcats wrapped it up 25-23.
The fourth set started the same as the previous, with Manitoba earning a slight lead before BU took over and closed out the match.
Both teams now sport 6-11 records in conference play, shaping up a dramatic rematch Saturday that has playoff implications on the line.
Manitoba was led by Josie Abbott's 10 kills, while Caleigh Dobie and Cassie Bujan both had 11 digs and Sydney Booker added 10 digs, three aces, and 36 assists.
Majewski finished with 21 kills, which is the second time this season she's recorded her career-high, with the first coming back on November 25 of this season against Saskatchewan.
Mary Thomson had match highs in assists with 43 and added 16 digs. Gillian Leech finished with a match-high 17 digs.
Courtney Roberts added 10 kills and five blocks.
First serve in Saturday's rematch is set for 5 pm at the Brandon University Healthy Living Centre.
(Photo courtesy Milana Paddock, Brandon University Athletics)