The growing pains continued for Augustana’s volleyball squads as they were on the road against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks this past weekend. Both teams were looking for their first road wins of the season. On Friday, the women were unable to fend off the Kodiaks offence and fell three sets to none, 16-25, 19-25, 7-25. Stephanie Ector was named player of the match for the Vikings, thanks to a match high 3 stuff blocks. The men got off to a better start than their female counterparts, but assessed some questionable calls by the officiating crew and were unable to refocus, losing the first set and continuing the negative momentum through the second. Despite trailing two sets to none, the Vikings were able to fight back and force a fourth set, losing a hard fought defensive battle. Finals set scores were 16-25, 15-25, 25-17, 21-25. Kent Sanregret was awarded player of the match honors, tallying 7 kills, 6 digs, and a block.
The following afternoon, the women did a much better job at the net, but were unable to win long, momentum shifting rallies and fell once again to the Kodiaks, 11-25, 17-25, 14-25. Tara Tone was named player of the match for the Vikings, recording a season high 4 stuff blocks. In the men’s contest, they were able to keep pace with the Kodiaks through the majority of the match, but were unable to halt long serving streaks by their opponents and eventually ran out of gas, losing 17-25, 25-27, 17-25. Nazheef Gangji was named player of the match, recording 8 kills, 2 aces, 4 digs, and 2 blocks.
Both teams are now done for the semester. In preparation for the second semester, several players from both the men’s and the women’s squads will train in Saskatoon under the eye of former national team coach Stellio DeRocco for the last few days of December. Their next league matches will take place on the 7 and 8 of January against the Mount Royal Cougars.