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Wesmen can't recover from first-set setback in loss at TRU

Emma Parker had 10 kills and 15 digs in a loss at Thompson Rivers Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)
Emma Parker had 10 kills and 15 digs in a loss at Thompson Rivers Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)

Emma Parker continued to put up big numbers, but the Winnipeg Wesmen women's volleyball team suffered its third straight setback Friday night.

Parker had 10 kills and 15 digs, and Kalena Schulz added nine and 11 as the Wesmen dropped a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-15) decision to the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack in Kamloops, B.C.

It was the fifth straight match in double-digit kills for Parker, the fourth straight with double-digit digs, her fourth straight double-double and fifth on the season. 

Yet the Wesmen weren't able to win critical late-set points in the first, watching a 22-21 lead evaporate with three straight TRU points.

"I didn't think we were very good at all," Wesmen head coach Diane Scott said. "I don't understand why we might be nervous. We had nothing to lose coming into this match. We didn't follow a game plan. We looked tight and made too many unforced errors in that first set. That set could have been ours. We made seven hitting errors in the first set and that changes everything.  We got behind early in the second and couldn't recover."

The Wesmen fell to 2-5 on the season, while TRU improved to 2-5.

The first set disappointment may have trickled into the second for Winnipeg, which lost the first five points and fell behind 10-3 early on. The Wesmen were able to pull to 16-13 down but then gave up a three-point run and six of the next seven points.

The Wolfpack took control in the third set winning nine out of 13 points after leading 10-8 to take a 19-12 lead. 

Olga Savenchuk had a match-high 23 kills and hit .550 for the match to lead the Wolfpack, who didn't have another attacker in double digits. 

TRU hit .259 for the match while the Wesmen attacked at .083 for the night.

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