On Thursday night, the women had a rough start to the match, unable to match Concordia’s offence. Although they got better as the match went on, they would eventually fall 3 sets to none, 11-25, 1-25, 20-25. Kelsey Richard was named player of the match for the Vikings, recording 5 kills, 4 digs and 1 block.
The men had a better start, winning the first set 25-23, however, they struggled to consistently pass the aggressive serve. Despite these struggles, they gradually righted to the ship, and went on to win the match 3-1, 25-23, 14-25, 25-21, 25-20. The Vikings set their highest total number of kills in a match as a team with 49 and Jake Ohe set the record for most kills by a single player in a match with 15. Adam Schwabe was named player of the match for the Vikings, coming off the bench and recording 7 kills, 2 digs, 1 block, and 1 ace.
The following night in Edmonton, the girls had a hard fought battle with the Thunder. Tied 1-1 in sets, the third set was a seesaw battle that the Thunder narrowly won 27-25. The Vikings were unable to recover after that heartbreaking loss, with the final result being 1-3, 21-25, 25-21, 25-27, 18-25. Kelsey Richard was once again named player of the match, posting 6 kills, 5 digs, and 2 blocks. Coach Leggitt, “The girls played well, I think most are starting to buy into what is being taught. We are finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.”
The men found themselves in a battle of their own. Despite creating a large lead early in the first set, they allowed the Thunder to mount a comeback and lost 30-32. Desperate to get the momentum back, the Viking went on a 7 point run early in the second set and rode that momentum for the rest of the match, winning the match 3 to 1, 30-32, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17. Josh Ryan was named player of the match, recording 5 kills, 5 digs, and 2 aces to go along with 40 assists. It was the first weekend sweep of an opponent in the ACAC for the men’s team. Coach Tigchelaar, “It was very gratifying to see the guys be rewarded with a couple of wins this weekend after all the hard work they’ve put in. Now we’ll have to see if we can continue this momentum to round out the season.”
Both teams can be seen in action next this weekend against the N.A.I.T. Ooks. Friday night they will be here in Camrose starting at 6:00, Saturday will be in Edmonton also at 6:00.