Braedan Willis, Bisons Athletics
WINNIPEG - It was another victory for the #6 Bison men's volleyball on Saturday, November 5. The Bisons would win the matinee match over the University of Regina Cougars at the Investors Group Athletic Centre in straight sets (25-21, 25-11, 25-14).
The Bisons improved their record to 3-1after they swept the weekend series while Regina fell to 0-4 conference record.
"We never really ever gave up 3-4 points in a row, I really liked our blocking and our service game was very good too" said Bison head coach Garth Pischke after being asked his thoughts of the weekend series against Regina.
The match started with three long rallies which resulted in the Bisons taking a quick 3-0. After a few serving errors on behalf of the Bisons, Regina got their first points of the opening set but still trailed the Bisons 8-3. Several key blocks and a service ace coming from Regina's Conal McAnish helped the Cougars even up the opening set at 13-13. An Even Jackson block and a powerful kill coming off the hands of Adam DeJonckheere eventually helped put the first set away for the Bisons for by a score of 25-21.
Regina came out strong to start the second set but a controversial call played out in the Bisons favor and would help the hosts take an early 6-3 lead. Manitoba would keep up their fast paced, powerful offense and with more big plays coming from Jackson, including four kills and a block. The Herd would go up 16-5 and would never look back and go on to win the second set by a score of 25-11
The third set would play out just as the first two did for the Bisons. More serving errors coming from Cougars would help see the Bison roll out to an early 14-6 lead and would go on to a third set victory of 25-14.
Jackson led the Bisons with eight kills. Brennan Goski lead the Cougars with ten. Dryden Wall of Regina led his team with nine digs, on the Manitoba side it was Kevin Falconer leading his team also with nine.
The Bisons will travel to Kelowna next weekend (Nov. 11-12) to face the UBC Okanagan Heat and Regina. The Cougars will have a conference bye next week but will be back in action Nov. 18-19 against Saskatchewan.