The Vikings were successful again this past weekend as they played the Concordia Thunder in a two-match tilt. Friday’s game took place in Edmonton. The first set went right down to the wire but the Vikings were able to prevail by a score of 25-23. The second set went a little more smoothly and the Vikings were able to win that set as well. This time the score was 25-20. The third set saw the Vikings make a couple of line-up changes and they seemed to help as the Vikings were in complete control of the entire set and ended up winning 25-18 for a 3-0 victory. Jordon Gardiner was the player of the game with 8 kills, 3 stuff blocks and 3 service aces. First year left side Jason Abma had a strong game as well with a match high of 11 kills, 4 digs, and 2 service aces. First year setter Logan Pasishnik chipped in with a match high of 33 assists.
On Saturday, the Vikings were at home for round two. The Vikings threw out an entirely different line-up out onto the floor, showing their depth off the bench. The first set saw the Vikings fall behind early but were able to bring it back and take the first set by a score of 25-21. The second set was very similar. The home team was down again early in the set but managed to keep it close. Eventually, the score was all tied up at 24-24. The Vikings were able to push through and courtesy of a kill out of the middle and a service ace by first year middle Greg Banack, were able to win the second set 29-27. The Vikings dominated the third set and the result was a 25-15 set win for another 3-0 Vikings victory. Ryan Senneker was awarded the player of the game with a match high of 11 kills, 2 digs, and 1stuff block. Nazheef Gangji also reached double digits in kills with 10. Cole McCartney led the way with 3 aces via his booming float serve.
The next task to for Vikings is a big one. They will take on the NAIT Ooks this upcoming weekend. The Vikings sit at 10-0 while the Ooks are 9-1. The matches on the weekend will be for first place in the North division heading into the Christmas break. Friday’s match is in Edmonton and Saturday’s match is back at home in the Augustana Gymnasium. This is a big weekend for the Vikings so come on out and cheer us on! Be loud, be supportive.
By Thomas Regier, Vikings Men’s Volleyball