Friday, November 23, 2012, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The Mount Royal University
Cougars made quick work of the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies
downing the visitors in straight sets (25-9, 25-22, 25-12) in Canada West
women’s volleyball action Friday night at Mount Royal.
Rookie Carolyn O’dwyer continued her reign of terror, putting away 11kills on 21 attacks for a .381 hitting percentage on the night. The 5-foot-11 Calgary native has reached double-digit kill totals in eight of
nine matches so far this season. With the win Mount Royal has now won four straight and continue to rise
in the standings sitting at 7-2. For Saskatchewan, the loss, their fifth in a row drops them to 1-8 on the year.
Dalmeny, Saskatchewan native Candace Hueser led the Huskies with six kills on the evening.
Mount Royal took control from the opening serve, building a 12-2 lead as Olivia Grecu hammered home four kills in the opening half set. Mount Royal would continue to attack, piecing together timely kills and blocks as they pulled away winning the first set in convincing fashion 25-9.
The Huskies would come out sharper in the second set, building their first and biggest lead of the match at 12-7. Saskatchewan would continue to lead to 18-15 until a string of Mount Royal points sparked the Cougar comeback. A Saskatchewan hitting error and block by Mackenzie Allen would give the Cougars a 20-18 lead and Olivia Grecu would finish the rally powering down a ball from the outside to help the Cougs’ to the 25-22 set win.
Up 2-0 Mount Royal would keep their foot on the pedal, building a 14-7 lead in the third set and simply overpowering the Huskies tallying killsfrom all angles. Back-to-back kills by Julia Pasieka and Kylie Willis
would end the night for the Huskies as the Cougars grabbed the third set 25-12 and match 3-0.
Mount Royal head coach Sandra Lamb said she was pleased with the Cougars effort from start to finish.
“The team improved again tonight,” said Lamb. “We stepped up our passing and defence with purpose and were very effective. Julia Pasieka, who’s known more for her front row game was great from the service line and made some huge digs that kept us in system. Really good all around
The two teams will meet back on MRU’s Kenyon Court for a Saturday rematch. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m