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.
On the men’s side, the first match of the tournament pitted them against the Saskatchewan provincial champions, the Millar College Edge. After taking game one, the Vikings found themselves down for most of the second game. The tide turned for the Vikings after they were down 22-24, and some momentum carried the Vikings to a 27-26 victory. The Friday evening match against the Assiniboine Cougars saw the Vikings also take this match in straight sets. The Saturday morning bout against the Olds Broncos turned out to be much of the same, as the Vikings were able to outmatch and outgun the Broncos for another straight set victory. The quarter final match pitted the Vikings against the Portage Voyageurs. Portage proved to be no match for Augustana as the Vikings took the match 25-14 and 25-21. This set up a rematch with the Millar Edge in the semi finals, and the Saskatchewan champs were out to prove a point. They were unaware however that the Vikings had their minds set on repeating as champs, and Augustana rolled over the Edge quite easily with scores of 25-10 and 25-22. The gold medal match saw a rematch of last year’s final, as the Vikings were once again matched up against the Kelsey Amaruks. A great mixture of offense and defense was the winning combination for the Vikings once again, as the Amaruks were unable to get a string on points together, and dropped the match 25-18 and 25-14. Augustana’s men’s team is the only team to bear their name on the championship trophy, and just like the Kelsey Amaruks’ women’s team, were the only team on the men’s side to not drop a single set. Bryn Petch and Paul Ofrim were named to the tournament All Star team, and setter Steve Gross was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Read women’s team article