CALGARY - Strong serving stymied UBC Okanagan women's volleyball who lost in three to Mount Royal University on Kenyon Court on Friday night.
The Heat was out-served by MRU in the match with the home team collecting 11 service aces to UBCO's zero. The Cougars won the first end of the season series against the Heat after taking the first match in Calgary, 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-20).
The Cougars were able to extend their winning streak to seven matches to start the season, while UBCO's modest three-match winning streak comes to an end. The Cougars' own an impressive 7-0 record and UBCO are now at 4-3 in conference play.
The first set was a close call as the Cougars took it 25-21 with 15-9 kills. Cougars' Nyadholi Thokbuom closed the set with a quick kill, the six-foot-two middle hit .571 with nine kills on just 12 swings in the match.
Mount Royal swept the second set, ending with 25-13, as UBCO's trouble with the Cougars serve led to a stalled attack.
UBCO was fighting back hard as they tried to make a final mark on the night in set three. Second-year Jade Bussard led the game in points with 11, she totalled nine kills and four blocks. Mount Royal's second-year middle Thokbuom led her own team in points with 12 points. Thokbuom's impressive match was punctuated by her three aces, second to Chantal Park's four on the night.
The two teams face off again on Saturday, November 9, at 6 p.m. PST on Kenyon Court. It will be broadcasted live on CanadaWest.tv, presented by Co-op.
~ Emma Stevens, Mount Royal University