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Wesmen attack is strong in tight loss to Alberta

Kalena Schulz had a big game with 18 digs and 13 kills Saturday in a five-set loss to Alberta.
Kalena Schulz had a big game with 18 digs and 13 kills Saturday in a five-set loss to Alberta.

The Winnipeg Wesmen's big guns were firing Saturday in a narrow five-set non-conference loss in Regina.

The Wesmen got double-digit kills from each of Emma Parker, Kalena Schulz and Ashleigh Laube Saturday in a 3-2 (25-13, 25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 15-7) setback at the hands of the Alberta Pandas on Day 2 of the Regina Cougars Invitational Tournament.

Parker, who tallied a career-high 23 kills in a match Friday, put up 14 kills and 20 digs, while Schulz added 13 kills and 18 digs, and Laube 13 kills, plus a stuff block and an ace.

It was an encouraging sign from three players who led the team in attacking a season ago against a squad that finished 15-9 and went to the Canada West final four.

It was the second five-setter the Wesmen have played in the first two days of their non-conference season, having gone to five in a loss on Friday to host Regina.

Earlier Saturday, the Wesmen dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-19) decision to the Brandon Bobcats. Parker added another seven kills to her weekend total, as did Schulz. Right side Taylor Kleysen also had seven kills, while Laube added two aces.

The Wesmen will face the Manitoba Bisons Sunday at 11 a.m. CT in their final match of the tournament. Winnipeg returns home to host the four-team Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge next weekend.

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