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Wesmen struggle in loss to Spartans

Jessica Friesen had five kills on seven swings in the Wesmen loss to Trinity Western Saturday night. (Scott Stewart/TWU)
Jessica Friesen had five kills on seven swings in the Wesmen loss to Trinity Western Saturday night. (Scott Stewart/TWU)

A third-set surge wasn't enough to get the Winnipeg Wesmen a 'W' against one of the nation's top teams.

The No. 10-ranked Trinity Western Spartans won their 10th straight match Saturday, knocking off the Wesmen 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-23) in a Canada West women's volleyball match at the Langley Events Centre.

After hitting -.032 and -.167 in the first two sets, respectively, the Wesmen made a push in the third that eventually fell short. Winnipeg notched its match-best 12 kills in the third set and hit .400 as a team.

Second-year middle blocker Jessica Friesen hit .714 for the match, notching five kills on seven swings with no errors. Friesen also had a team-high three aces.

Kalena Schulz led the Wesmen (1-13) with six kills and six digs.

Winnipeg hit .047 for the match.

Hilary Howe's 13 kills were a match-high and lifted Trinity Western to a double-digit win streak and an 11-3 record in the Canada West.

The Wesmen are home to host the UBC Thunderbirds Friday and Saturday at Duckworth Centre.