CALGARY, Alta. (from Calgary Dinos) – The University of Calgary Dinos men’s volleyball team snapped a six-game Canada West losing streak Friday, sweeping the MacEwan University Griffins in three close sets.
Both teams were hungry for a win and kept it close at the beginning of the match, going point for point. However, the Dinos were able to pull ahead, taking the first set 25-16.
The Griffins gained some momentum early in the second set with strong blocks at the net. MacEwan led the match by scores of 19-15 and 24-21 scores, but the Dinos mounted a comeback at the end of the frame, scoring five consecutive points to take a 26-24 win.
Buoyed by their comeback, the Dinos came out flying to start the third set and at one point led 18-9. However, the Griffins managed to battle back and tie it up at 24, but kills from Alex Bader and Regan Fathers ended it in the Dinos’ favour at 26-24.
“We were pretty confident coming into the game but our block-defence kind of crumbled, there were balls we should have got and we weren’t getting blocks,” said third-year outside hitter Tim Taylor.
“Eventually we took advantage, got our momentum back and came back in the end luckily. The team comes in clutch at important moments.”
The Dinos improved their record to 11-10 while MacEwan falls to 2-19.
Fifth-year outside hitter Bader (Calgary) notched a total of 12 kills while Taylor followed with 10. The Dinos held a 10.5-7 advantage in blocks and out-dug their rivals by a 34-24 margin.
Griffins outside hitter Jordan Peters (Edmonton) led the way with 11 kills, despite starting just the final two sets, while Kai Hesthammer added eight in a losing cause for MacEwan.
The action between the Dinos and Griffins continues at the Jack Simpson Gym on Saturday with the first serve set for 1:30 pm MST, broadcast live on CanadaWest.tv.