MacEwan takes out Cougars for four-set win at CKHS

MacEwan takes out Cougars for four-set win at CKHS

(By University of Regina Sports Information)

REGINA, Sask. – The MacEwan Griffins completed a weekend sweep over the Regina Cougars on Saturday night with a four-set victory at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

Cassidy Kinsella led MacEwan offensively for the second time in as many nights, leading all players with 17 kills and also chipping in with eight digs and four blocks. The win improves MacEwan's conference record to 6-14 as the Griffins move to within one win of the final two Canada West postseason berths.

MacEwan jumped out to an early lead with a 25-22 win in the first set, but the Cougars came roaring back with their strongest set of the weekend. They hit an even .400 as a team, held MacEwan to a negative hitting percentage, and rolled to a convincing 25-11 victory to square the match at one set apiece.

But the Cougars weren't able to build on that momentum, as MacEwan took 25-19 and 25-20 victories in the third and fourth sets to clinch the win.

Kate Rozendaal added 11 kills and eight digs for MacEwan, while setter Claire McLoughlin had 27 assists and eight digs and McKenna Stevenson had six kills to go along with a match-high seven blocks. Lauren Holmes had a team-leading 12 digs for the Griffins.

The Cougars had advantages in several key statistical categories, most notably hitting percentage (.189 to .107) and digs (71 to 55), but weren't able to break through in the final two sets. Diana Lumbala and Jenna Krahn (pictured) both finished with 14 kills for the Cougars, with Krahn ending up with just one error on 28 attacks to lead all players with a .464 hitting percentage. Taylor Ungar added a match-high 18 digs, while setter Kirstin Greve finished with 36 assists.

MacEwan will now get ready for two home games against Manitoba next weekend, then will finish off its Canada West schedule on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at UBC Okanagan. The Cougars (3-17) have four road matches remaining in their season, including next weekend at UBC and the following weekend at Calgary.