Dinos clinch home court advantage

Dinos clinch home court advantage

Zenan Sherbaniuk, Dinos Communications Assistant

CALGARY - The University of Calgary Dinos women's volleyball team dominated on Friday night rolling to a straight sets win (25-20, 25-13, 25-17) over the University of Regina Cougars at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.

Calgary and Regina came into this one on opposite sides of the coin, with the Dinos winners of three straight, while the Cougars had lost six in a row.

The match started with neither team being able to string points together. Despite this, it was the Dinos who never trailed the entire first set. Following a pattern from last weekend's sweep over the Saskatchewan Huskies, it was Hannah Tanasichuk and Kate Pexman leading Calgary in the early going once again. Pexman's third kill of the set took the Dinos into the technical timeout with a 16-14. Tanasichuk gave Calgary a three point lead with her fourth kill of the set, which forced a Cougars timeout. It was Pexman who ended it though, with a back row kill that was mishandled by the Cougars defence.

Tanasichuk, Pexman, and fourth year Brianna Solberg led the Dinos attack, accounting for 14 of Calgary's 15 kills in the opening set.

After playing a relatively close set for the majority of the first set, the Dinos jumped out to an early five point lead in set number two. Following a terrific dig by libero Kennedy Snape, Jaylynn Moffat finished off lengthy rally with a tip to give Calgary a 13-8 lead. Solberg took the Dinos into the technical timeout with a lead for the second straight set after she split the Cougars block right down the middle. This was part of an 11-3 run by Calgary which closed out the second set, giving them a decisive 25-13 win, capped off by Moffat's fourth kill of the set.

Once again the Dinos jumped out to an early five point lead in the third set, which forced a quick Cougars timeout. After Calgary stretched the gap to eight, a resilient Regina team closed the deficit to three at 14-11 on the back of a 6-1 run. That was as close as the Cougars got though, as Calgary matched with a 6-1 run of their own, which forced Regina to use its last timeout. After a beautiful diving dig by Snape set up Pexman's 12th kill of the match, Moffat finished it off with the Dinos last three kills.

Calgary recorded an incredible 42 kills in the three sets, finishing the night with an outstanding 0.398 attacking percentage. Pexman led the Dinos with 12 kills, but it was a balanced attack that carried Calgary as Solberg, Moffat, and Tanasichuk all finished with at least seven.

With the win the Dinos are guaranteed home court advantage for their Canada West Quarterfinal matchup that takes place March 3-5.

Calgary improves to 17-4 on the year with the win, their fourth straight. Regina's losing streak continues as they drop their seventh straight to fall to 3-20. These two teams are back at it tomorrow night to conclude their weekend series. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.