Posted on November 16, 2010 by Jadene Mah

This past weekend held mixed results once again for Augustana volleyball. Both teams had a home and away series against the Lakeland Rustlers…


        This past weekend held mixed results once again for Augustana volleyball. Both teams had a home and away series against the Lakeland Rustlers and were looking to get their first wins of the season. The men were especially familiar with the Rustlers, having gone 1-1 against them in route to winning their home preseason tournament.

        The first set of matches took place in Lakeland Gym out in Lloydminster. The women started the opening set of their match strong, tied 7-7, but soon gave up their position due to passing mistakes and would end being swept 3 straight by the Rustlers, 15-25, 18-25, 20-25. Carley Horkoff was named player of the match for the Vikings. The men would also struggle in the early stages of the match, having trouble stringing together points. After a series of timeouts in the second set, the Vikings attempted to rally back, but ultimately fell short, losing 3 straight as well, 22-25, 17-25, 23-25. Nazheef Gangji, 10 kills, was awarded player of the match for Augustana.
        On Saturday, the Vikings were boosted by a rabid turnout of boisterous Augustana fans. The women got off to an excellent start, maintaining a multiple point lead for the majority of the first set. Unfortunately, the Vikings allowed the Rustlers back into the match would find themselves on the losing end once again, 24-26, 13-25, 21-25. Karla Yuha won player of the match for the Vikings, posting 8 kills, 2 blocks, and 11 digs.

        The men were up next, coming out with a lot more passion than the night before. While there were still rough spots, the Vikings executed when they had to and received production throughout their lineup, with four players averaging more than 2 kills a set, helping them roll to a 3-0 victory, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20. Max Lesziak was named player of the match for Augustana, tallying 7 kills, 2 service aces, 2 blocks, and 8 digs. This is Augustana’s first league victory in the ACAC for men’s volleyball. “I’m very pleased with the way the guys played on Saturday,” said Head Coach Tom Tigchelaar, “If we can continue to play that aggressively both on offence and defense, hopefully there will more wins for us in the future."

        Now the attention shifts to next week, where both squads are looking to chalk up a W or two against the Keyano Huskies. The Vikings host the Huskies both matches, with women starting off at 6:00 Friday evening and 1:00 Saturday afternoon.

 By Josh Ryan

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