David LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
It may still only be November, but a five-set volleyball match Saturday felt like one that could define seasons.
The Mount Royal Cougars, who were swept handily on Friday night, avoided the same fate 24 hours later, rallying from two sets down to beat the Winnipeg Wesmen 3-2 (13-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-7) in a Canada West women's volleyball match at the Duckworth Centre.
Cassidy Kitchen had 17 kills to lead three Cougars in double digits as Mount Royal (5-5) crept back to .500 on the season, while the Wesmen missed out on a chance to further advance up the Canada West standings.
Emma Parker had a career-high 18 kills and 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season, and Kalena Schulz had her second straight night in double digits with 12 kills for the Wesmen (3-7), who hit .056 in the fourth set and .000 in the third.
Madison Fyvie had 23 digs, two off her career-high, to lead four Wesmen in double digits in that category. Ashleigh Laube had 17 and Rylie Dickson had 12.
Carly Davies added 15 kills for the Cougars, who won three straight critical points while up 21-20 in the third to swing the pivotal set in their favour.
"(Davies) she put some balls away for us and she was definitely the difference-maker in the end (of the third)," Mount Royal coach Sandra Lamb said. "We just stayed consistent with our serve and our serve is probably what brought us back into that.
"Our energy in the last three sets was obviously a lot better. We just made some changes in the middle and we were able to score. I thought we were better tonight (than Friday) ... but I think our subs did a helluva job coming in tonight."