Posted on November 30, 2009 by Dylan Anderson

Both Volleyball squads travelled to Saskatoon this past weekend to compete in the Western Canadian Championships.

Both Volleyball squads travelled to Saskatoon this past weekend to compete in the Western Canadian Championships. The men came to Saskatoon as the only team that has ever won the tournament in its two-year history. They began with one match on Friday night, facing off against the fourth ranked team from Manitoba, St. Boniface. With several starters resting with nagging injuries, the Vikings got off to a slow start, trailing by more then ten at one point during a 16-25 loss. Fortunately, the boys got their heads in the game and rebounded to win the next two sets 25-17, 15-10. An early start was due the next day, as the Vikings had a pair of round robin matches to finish before the playoff round. Coach Tom Tigchelaar gave his rookies a chance to play and they did not disappoint, sweeping both matches. The wins put the Vikings first in their pool, giving them a break before Quarters. There, they faced a familiar foe, the Portage Voyageurs. Despite a few lapses in focus, the guys were able to take the 25-19, 25-21. In the Semifinal, Augustana faced off against the Kelsey Amaruks, a team they had faced in the final each year. After blowing the Amaruks away in the first set, the Vikings found themselves trailing in the second set. However, they fought their way back and took the set and the match, winning 25-23. After a long break, the Vikings found themselves facing another familiar foe; their hated rival the Ambrose Lions. The lions were especially motivated for the match after losing to the Vikings in front of a home crowd at ACAL final four the previous week. The first set was a back and forth affair, with the Vikings pulling away late in the game to win 25-20. Bryn Petch, who did not play until the Semifinal because of a sore shoulder, was a significant presence in the middle for Augustana. In the second set, however, the Lions refused to give in and took it 23-25.A poor start had the Vikings trailing early and lead to a 11-13 deficit. However, they responded against adversity the way they had all weekend and took the final set 15-13. Steve Gross was named Augustana’s Tournament All-Star. The Vikings now go into the ACAC next year having never lost the tournament final. Congrats on a job well done.


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