While their season is technically over, the Vikings volleyball teams will still be training for the duration of the winter semester in preparation for ACAC competition next season. The men’s team began this process over the past weekend by heading out to Edmonton for a series of exhibition matches against ACAC teams, all of which were hosted by Kings University College.
In their first match against the N.A.I.T. Ooks the rustiness of Christmas Break took it’s toll, as they were unable to keep up with the Ooks near the end of each set, losing three straight.
In the evening match against the Keyano Huskies, Augustana started slow, but fought back in dramatic fashion to take the match 3-2. The boys prevailed due to great defense and excellent performances by rookies Adam Schwabe, Michael Smook, and Matthew Yoder. The win was the first over an ACAC opponent this season.
The following morning, the Vikings faced off against the Redeemer Royals, the ninth ranked team in the country. The guys started well, taking the first set, but failed to maintain consistency, losing the next three sets.
The final contest of the weekend pitted the Vikings against the host Eagles, who they had lost to twice this season in close matches. Unfortunately, it was as similar song and dance as the Vikings were defeated in straight sets, with each set being no more than a few points.
The weekend was an important one for the program, as the boys have proven that they can compete in the ACAC.