Posted on November 23, 2010 by Jadene Mah

Despite taking sets off of a tough team, Augustana volleyball came up a little short once again.


        Despite taking sets off of a tough team, Augustana volleyball came up a little short once again. This past weekend, the Vikings played host to the Keyano Huskies, hailing from Fort McMurray. The women were still looking for their first win of the season while the men hoped to improve on their win last Saturday. During Friday’s contest, the women struggled to keep the ball in play and would fall in straight sets to the Huskies, 16-25, 22-25, 15-25. Carley Horkoff was named player of the match for Augustana, recording 6 kills, 2 service aces, and 7 digs. In the men’s contest, Augustana came out firing on all cylinders, leading 11-1 at one point. However, the Huskies would battle back and take the set 25-23. From that point on, the Vikings were unable to recover and would lose 0-3. Jake Ohe, 8 kills, 4 digs, and 3 blocks, was named player of the match for the Vikings.

        On Saturday afternoon, the teams would take to the court again, looking to rebound from the previous night’s losses. The women had a much stronger start than the previous contest, staying with Keyano point for point before going on a late run to win the opening set 25-18. Unfortunately, the Vikings fell behind early the next set and would never recover, losing the match in 4. April Strandlund was named player of the match for the Vikings, chipping in 4 kills, 3 digs, and a block after coming off the bench.

        The men also came out trading points with Keyano in their match, pushing the Huskies to the limit again to open the match before falling 23-25. In the second the Vikings trailed by a narrow margin through most of the set before their sixth man, the fans began to rally the boys, who responded by pulling ahead of Keyano and hanging on for the 25-22 win. The Vikings would carry the momentum into the third, winning 25-15. However, the Huskies responded and came right back at the Vikings resulting in a 25-12 Keyano win. The Vikings would continue to battle, but ultimately fell 13-15. Cole McCartney received player of the match honors, thanks in no small part to his 9 stuff blocks.

        Men’s Coach Tom Tigchelaar had this to say about Saturday’s match, “"The spirited game we had on Saturday was a big step for us. We need to start taking sets from teams before we can start winning more matches, and Saturday showed we are heading in the right direction." Next up for both teams is a road trip down south to face the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in Lethbridge.

By Josh Ryan

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