This weekend Augustana hosted the second annual Western Canadian Volleyball Championships. The men were looking to repeat as gold medalists and the women were looking to improve on their 6th place from last year.
The women started out strong with a straight set victory over the Great Plains College Sundogs from Swift Current on Friday. The evening match up for the women pitted the Vikings against the Kelsey Amaruks (Saskatoon), last year’s bronze medalist. Kelsey simply had too many weapons for the Vikings to defend against, and the Amaruks took the match in straight sets (25-15, 25-16). Last up for Augustana on Saturday morning were their provincial rivals from Calgary, the St. Mary’s Lightning. After dropping the first set, the Vikings stormed back with two of their own to take the match in three, and finished second in their pool. Their quarter final opponents were the Assiniboine Cougars from Brandon, Manitoba. The Vikings made short work of the Cougars, downing them 25-18 and 25-13. The semi final was a pool rematch against the Lightning. Once again, the Vikings dropped game one (22-25) before answering with two games of their own (25-20, 16-14). This put the Vikings in the final against the Kelsey Amaruks, the only undefeated team on the women’s side. A good start for the Vikings saw them take the lead late in game one, but an inability to close out the game came back to haunt them, as the Amaruks rallied back for a 27-26 game one win. This seemed to take the wind out of the sails of the Vikings, as they were unable to mount any offense in game two, and dropped the second game 25-13. Kelsey was the only team on the women’s side to not drop a single set all tournament, and the Vikings’ silver medal is a tremendous improvement over last year. For the Vikings, Megan Simard and Jessica Ryan were named to the tournament All Star team.