DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen shone on Senior Night and their playoff hopes are still very much alive because of it.
Fifth-year right side Kalena Schulz had 11 kills and 11 digs and fellow senior Rylie Dickson had 45 assists in leading the Wesmen women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 26-28, 25-13) Canada West conference victory over the Calgary Dinos Saturday night at the Duckworth Centre.
The win put the Wesmen on the brink of their first playoff berth since 2012 and gave them their first nine-win season since 2012-2013.
A win next weekend at Mount Royal or a UBC-Okanagan loss to Calgary will solidify a post-season berth for the Wesmen.
Schulz made just three errors and hit .308 one night after missing the first match of her Wesmen career.
"I'm really proud of Kalena how she came back and played so hard tonight," Wesmen interim head coach Phil Hudson said. "She really made a difference attacking-wise, serving-wise, defending, blocking. And Rylie was just the quarterback of the team again and created so many one-on-ones and spread the ball around ... Both showed a lot of leadership and I'm pretty proud of how they played in their last game (at home)."
Haille Bujan added 10 kills and hit .474 for the Wesmen.
The Wesmen hit .236 for the night.
"I thought our serving — even though we missed more serves tonight — had a positive impact on our gameplan," Hudson said. "We knew they were bigger than us and they play above us and if we don't get them out of system as much as possible we'd have trouble defending against them. And tonight I think we served way harder and accepted the fact that we're going to miss more serves, but we had to just keep going."
Madison Fyvie added a team-high 19 digs.
The Dinos were led by Trinity Solecki's 19 kills and 14 digs. Kenzie Vaandering added 13 kills and 19 digs. Kennedy Snape added a match-high 20 digs.