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Gryphons gain ground in OUA playoff race

Zach Newman of the Guelph Gryphons plays the ball during an OUA volleyball game against the Toronto Varsity Blues. (Guelph Gryphons photo)

GUELPH, Ont. (Guelph Gryphons) – The Guelph Gryphons earned a straight-sets win over the visiting Toronto Varsity Blues Friday night, a result which left both teams with 6-8 records in the OUA men’s volleyball standings.

Both Guelph (West) and the Varsity Blues (East) are in fourth place in their respective divisions, chasing a playoff position.

The Gryphons got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set. The Gryphons would rack up 18 kills to just four errors in the opening set, which was punctuated by a Zach Newman (Kitchener, ON) cross-court kill to give the Gryphons a 25-20 first set win. Newman had eight kills in the set.

In the second set, Gryphon rookie Zarko Ubiparip would help spark the Gryphs late. The six-foot-four Kitchener native would come up with a pair of big blocks to help Guelph take the final four points of the set en route to a 25-21 win.

The Gryphons were efficient in attack in the third set, racking up 10 kills to just two errors. Zach Newman led all Guelph players in points (15 points and a team-high 12 kills), while Joshua Green (10 digs) and Samuel Kloke (nine digs) helped lead the way defensively. Samuel Nothnagel finished with a team-high three blocks.

The Gryphons will be right back in action again on Saturday night when they host the Trent Excalibur in what will be their final home game of the regular season schedule.


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