Vikings Men’s Volleyball posts strong weekend results
Posted on November 17, 2014 by Jadene Mah
Over the weekend the Vikings were faced with the task of taking on The King’s University College Eagles. Friday night’s match got underway in Edmonton relatively quickly. The Vikings got off to a bit of a slow start, trailing by a score of 13-16, missing an unusual amount of serves. Fortunately, the Vikings were able …
Over the weekend the Vikings were faced with the task of taking on The King’s University College Eagles. Friday night’s match got underway in Edmonton relatively quickly. The Vikings got off to a bit of a slow start, trailing by a score of 13-16, missing an unusual amount of serves. Fortunately, the Vikings were able to turn it around, keeping balls in play, and came away with a first set win, 25-21. The second set was all Vikings. They pounced all over the Eagles right from the beginning and didn’t look back, taking the second set in convincing fashion 25-15. The third set was a little bit closer as the Eagles began to push back. In the end their push was not enough as the Vikings ended up winning the third and final set by a score of 25-22. Andrew Kaliel was awarded the player of the game for his second straight match totaling 8 kills, 1 stuff block and a whopping 19 digs in 3 sets of work.
Saturday’s match at Augustana took a very similar form. The Vikings were able to start Saturday’s match a little better and jumped out to an early lead. The lead proved too large for the Eagles to overcome and the Vikings took the opening set by a score of 25-18. The second set showed the Eagles had quite a bit of fight left in them. The set remained very tight all the way through with the lead changing multiple times. The Vikings were able to steady and ended up with a tight second set win, 25-23. The third set saw the Vikings jump out to an early 8-3 lead and from there on the Vikings controlled the pace of play. The result was a third set score of 25-19 for the Vikings. First year setter, Logan Pasishnik, received the player of the game honors with a match high 38 assists in just 3 sets of play. The Vikings had a very strong match out of the middle with Jordon Gardiner and Cole McCartney both reaching double digits in kills with 10 a piece. First year left side Jason Abma also had a very strong game recording 8 kills, 1 stuff block, and tied for the game high with 12 digs, while Nazheef Gangji adjusted well to his new role as serving sub.
Overall it was a very balanced weekend offensively for the Vikings. A little bit of consistency on the service line is needed but the Vikings are looking strong currently sitting with a record of 8-0 to lead the North division. Next weekend the Vikings will take on the Concordia Thunder (0-10). Friday’s match will take place in Edmonton and Saturday’s match will be back at home in the Augustana Gymnasium. If you are able to make it to one or both of these matches we strongly encourage you to attend as any showing of support is greatly appreciated!
By Thomas Regier, Vikings Men’s Volleyball
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