EDMONTON – In the final weekend of conference play, the No. 6 University of Alberta Pandas dominate the University of Regina Cougars 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-11), Friday night at Saville Community Sports Centre.
Leading the way to victory was fourth-year outside hitter Kory White with 14 kills and three blocks on the night. Alongside her in the charge was third-year outside hitter Julia Zonneveld, who finished the night with eight kills and 17 digs.
Across the net, fourth-year outside hitter Britt Davis lead the Cougars with eight kills, while third-year setter Elizabeth Tooth added 12 assists.
With the win Alberta ties the MacEwan University Griffins for third in conference standings with 34 points. A win tomorrow night in the final game of conference play will give the Pandas sole possession of third, meaning they will host the sixth seeded team in the first round of playoffs next weekend.
Meanwhile, Regina drops their 12 straight game and fall to 2-12 on the season. They will face the Pandas once again tomorrow night, as they look to end the season on a high.
It was a slow start for both teams to start the match, exchanging the first 10 points for the game. However, not long after the Pandas found their rhythm, exploding to a 20-11 lead, before second-year outside hitter Lauryn Tremblay finished the frame off, with a huge kill down the middle, which the Cougars were unable to control to send back over the net.
Not wanting to waste any time, the Pandas started the second set much like they finished the first, firing on all cylinders. Regina struggled to keep control of their passes in the set, resulting in the home team taking advantage and putting the ball straight back down, hitting the hardwood. Although, it would not be an easy set to finish, as the Pandas sat on multiple set points as Regina fought to stay alive, holding their host off until Trembley’s kill once again ended it for the Pandas.
The third set was no different, as Alberta jumped out to a 5-1 lead quick, forcing Regina to take a timeout to try and stay in the game. But Alberta was just too much, even with Regina finding themselves within striking distance midway through the set, Alberta managed to regain momentum as Zonneveld’s kill down the middle secured the win for the host.
Both teams will meet again tomorrow at 6:00 P.M. MT to close out the regular season at the Saville Community Sports Centre.