The Vikings were up in Fort MacMurray this past weekend to battle with the Keyano Huskies. After the long trip up the Vikings came out fairly strong on Friday night, keeping pace with the home team for the first 15 points and then started to pull away. The Vikings ended up taking the first set 25-19. The second and third set followed in similar fashions with the Vikings holding a 4-6 point lead pretty much the entire set. The result was a 25-21 second set win and a 25-19 third set win, giving the Vikings another 3-0 victory. Devin Varga was awarded the player of the game honors with a match high 31 assists to go along with 4 digs, 2 stuff blocks and a very solid game from the service line. His aggressive speed and placement was matched only by fellow teammate Jordon Gardiner, who led all players with 3 service aces.
After a respectively short turn around, the Vikings and Huskies squared of for round two on Saturday afternoon. The match started out very similar to Friday’s with the Vikings staying close until 15 and then breaking open a 5 point cushion to take the opening set 25-20. The second set was almost identical to the first with the Vikings controlling the pace of play coming out on top again with a score of 25-20. The third set saw the Vikings face a little more adversity. They were behind at 13-15 but managed to bring the score back to level and eventually take a 1 point lead at 22-21. From that point on the third set was back and forth with neither team backing down until finally Keyano made a key block, along with a Vikings’ hitting error, leading to a 30-32 set loss for the Vikings. After dropping the previous set the Vikings were none to pleased and came out in the fourth set with all cylinders firing. The Vikings had the Huskies double up all the way to 18-9. After this deficit there was no coming back for the Huskies as the Vikings went on to win the set 25-18 and the match 3-1. Andrew Kaliel was named the player of the game for his team high 15 kills to go along with 3 digs and 1 stuff block.
This upcoming weekend the Vikings will face The Kings University College Eagles. This Vikings will be at home on Saturday, November 15th. We hope to see you all in the Augustana Gym, as your support never goes unnoticed and is greatly appreciated!
By Thomas Regier, Vikings Men’s Volleyball