Posted on November 24, 2008 by Dylan Anderson

Vikings win ACAL championship!!

SpikeOn Friday, the Augustana volleyball teams traveled to Olds to battle for the provincial championship. Up first for the Viking were the Portage Voyageurs, a team that had struggled to mount a lot of opposition against the Vikings. Augustana’s textbook offense was no match for Portage’s scramble defense, as the Vikings took the match three straight with scores of 25-14, 25-23, and 25-22. This set up a rematch of last year’s gold medal final against the Ambrose Lions from Calgary, with whom the Vikings split the season series. Some key defensive modifications proved beneficial for the Vikings as they started out very strong. Taking the first two games by scores of 25-19 each, the Vikings seemed to have their eyes on the league trophy early. The Lions made some key changes of their own, and came out with a 25-21 win in game three. Game four was a see-saw match. The Vikings were up 11-6, but then found themselves down 19-16 before they mounted their comeback. A back and forth battle ensued as the score ended up to be 29-27 in favor of the Vikings, garnering them their eighth league championship in twelve years of play in the ACAL. Leading the way for the Vikings were Paul Ofrim (ten kills, seven stuff blocks, and six digs), as well as Jon McCorquindale (ten kills, four stuff blocks, and three digs). Paul Ofrim and Steve Gross were named to the ACAL First Team All Conference Team, and Evan Bollinger and Bryn Petch were named to the Second Team All Conference Squad.

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