Dinos fall to Pandas in straight sets

Dinos fall to Pandas in straight sets

Zenan Sherbaniuk, Dinos Communications Assistant

CALGARY - The University of Calgary Dinos women's volleyball team concluded their 2016-2017 regular season with a straight sets loss Saturday afternoon (20-25, 16-25, 18-25) against the University of Alberta Pandas at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.

 
Coming off a loss in yesterday's game, the Dinos looked to finish their season on a high note in front of volleyball alumni as part of the University of Calgary's 50th anniversary.
 
After teams traded the first few points, a lengthy delay occurred when a fire alarm was pulled with the scored tied at six.
 
Coming out of that break the Dinos grabbed the first couple points with a roll shot from Laura McManes and an attacking error by outside hitter Kacey Otto. Calgary recorded seven of the first nine points after the delay forcing the Pandas to call a timeout with the Dinos up 13-8.
 
Alberta had no answer for Jaylynn Moffatt in the early going, as she picked up five kills before the technical timeout. Despite this, Calgary's lead was only one as the Pandas scored five straight points before a Kate Pexman kill ended the run.
 
After being down 20-19, the Pandas rallied off six straight points to take the first set. Moffatt carried the Dinos offense as she led all players with seven kills and a 0.875 attacking percentage.
 
The second set started with a series of runs as the Pandas grabbed a quick 4-1 lead only to see Calgary match with a 5-1 run of their own. Alberta responded with a 9-2 run, which helped them take a 16-12 lead into the technical timeout. The Dinos never got any closer than that as the Pandas rolled to a 25-16 second set win.
 
Both teams struggled on the attack in the set as Alberta managed only seven kills on a 0.067 attacking percentage, while the Dinos finished with a negative 0.030 attacking percentage.
 
Finding themselves down two sets to none, Calgary started slow once again, quickly falling behind 5-1. The Dinos battled back on the shoulders of Moffatt and Taeya Page, with both recording three kills, as Calgary closed the gap to two. Alberta responded with three straight points, which took them into the technical timeout up 16-11. Calgary battled back from this deficit, using a 5-1 run to tie the set up at 17. But Alberta showed why they are a first place team, as an 8-2 run secured the straight sets win.
 
The Pandas finished the match with 33 kills on a 0.200 attacking percentage. Calgary recorded 36 kills but committed 26 errors leading to only a 0.095 attacking rate. Moffatt led all players with 14 kills in the match.
 
With today's result both teams have solidified their playoff positioning, with the Pandas securing top spot and a first round bye, while the Dinos will finish fourth in Canada West. As a result Calgary will host a best-of-three quarterfinal matchup, March 3-5.