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Wesmen off to perfect start at Unruh Challenge

Middle blocker Jessica Friesen takes a swing against the Regina Cougars in a straight-sets win Friday at the Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Middle blocker Jessica Friesen takes a swing against the Regina Cougars in a straight-sets win Friday at the Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

Two matches and not a loss to their name is just how the Winnipeg Wesmen wanted to start their home tournament.

The U of W women's volleyball team scored two sweeps on Day 1 of the Unruh Realty Volleyball Challenge, knocking off the Moncton Aigles Bleus 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-10) in the afternoon before a confidence-boosting sweep of their conference rival Regina Cougars (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) in the nightcap.

The Wesmen posted their victories after coming home without a win at last weekend's Regina tournament, an event that had the U of W players feeling like a breakthrough was coming even though the results weren't there quite yet.

"I feel like we played a little better because we had played (Regina) last weekend and I feel like we had to readjust to the things they did," said second-year left side Emma Parker, who had 19 kills and four blocks. "In Regina we weren't able to finish a set. We were super-close with them throughout, we kept fighting and this time we got the result and that's what we wanted."

Parker also led Winnipeg with 14 kills in the win over Moncton. Ashleigh Laube added seven kills and seven aces in that match, while Kalena Schulz put down nine kills.

VIDEO: Emma Parker discusses a win over Regina

Against Regina, Schulz posted 10 kills, while Laube came through with eight.

The results left Winnipeg as the only undefeated team through the first day.

Regina came from behind to knock off Brandon 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 17-15) in an afternoon match. The Bobcats bounced back, however, with a 3-0 (25-15, 32-30, 25-13) win over Moncton.

Winnipeg now will face Brandon at noon, while Regina and Moncton will meet in the final round-robin matches at the same time.

Semifinals will be played at 5:30 and 6 p.m., with the final and third-place match slated for Sunday at noon.

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