CALGARY – The Mount Royal Cougars men’s volleyball team got the monkey off their back with a solid 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-23) win over the Regina Cougars on Kenyon Court. Outside hitter Tyler Schmidt scored a game-high 11 kills in the match, adding five digs and three aces for Mount Royal. Lachie Pollock followed that up with ten kills of his own. Setter Tanner Greves recorded a game-high 30 sets and seven digs in the Cougars’ win.
For Regina, Brennan Goski had 11 kills in the game to match Schmidt’s numbers. Setter Jake Fleming added 25 assists and a team-high five digs in the contest. Three Cougars recorded five kills including Dalton Wolfe, Matt Aubrey and Cody Caldwell.
MRU head coach Shawn Sky was pleased with the result on the second day of competition with Regina, but knows the team needs to keep improving with each match they play.
CALGARY -Tonight was game one of two of Cougar on Cougar action for men’s volleyball. The University of Regina Cougars took on the Mount Royal Cougars on Kenyon Court. It was Regina that came out on top winning three sets to two. The final scores were, first set 25-21 Regina, second set 25-22 Regina, third set 24-26 Mount Royal, fourth set 17-25 Mount Royal and fifth set 15-13 Regina.
The Booster Juice Players of the game both lead their teams in attacks. For Regina, it was #7 Matthew Aubrey with a total of 17 out of the teams 47 attacks. For Mount Royal, it was #1 Riley Friesen with a total of 21 out of the teams 62 attacks. Regina lead in team blocks with 14 over Mount Royal’s 12, and they also had a stronger serve percentage at 0.848 compared to 0.759. Mount Royal took the lead in digs with a total of 44 compared to 38. Mount Royal’s libero, Phillips led the team in digs with a total of 12.
The first set started off strong. Points went back and forth one-for-one between the two teams. Mount Royal found success in tipping over the block, finding a hole in Regina’s defense. Both teams were strong in their attacks finding a kill almost every time. Mount Royal’s strongest attacks came from none other than Schmidt, whether it came from the outside, back row or the right side. Regina’s Goski had a strong presence in the front row getting kills from both the right side and the outside. After three strong attacks in a row, Regina pulled ahead from the point for point game. At the technical timeout, Regina led 16-15 over Mount Royal. Mount Royal called a timeout at 20-17 for Regina to try to regroup. Both teams made strategic substitutions for the server trying to secure the win. Mount Royal’s Schmidt missed his serve putting the score at 24-20 for Regina. Mount Royal’s Saly had a cross-court hit landing on the line giving them one last chance to fight back, but they were unable to pick up Goski’s tip from the right side. The Regina Cougars took the first set with a final score of 25-21.
KELOWNA, B.C. – In another long five-set affair, the MRU Cougars earned a weekend split against the UBC Okanagan Heat in Kelowna. After dropping the first set, the Heat roared back in the second and third with convincing victories and looked to be in a good position to keep the momentum going on the night. The Cougars countered strong in the fourth, though, swinging the momentum well back in their own favour by taking it 25-14 and forcing yet another tie-breaking set.
KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat men's volleyball team earned their first victory of the season on Friday night, defeating the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars in a marathon five-set match.
After dropping the first set, the Heat pushed the second into extra points after a late-set comeback. After dropping the third, they played a dominant fourth set, nearly winning it by double digits, to force a deciding fifth.
The big hitters for the Heat were the difference-makers on Friday night, especially in the fifth. Devon Cote was the most noticeable attacker in the match, putting a huge swing on nearly every attack and getting up to block just as consistently. Jon Russo and Lars Bornemann were just as determined to earn their first win of the season on home court against the Cougars, rounding out the top three of the attack. Joshua Harvey was the fourth proverbial horseman in the match, contributing the final Heat kill of the match and essentially putting away the win.
First Set: (15-25)
The Cougars came out swinging and strong at the net in the first set, burying nine kills and hitting .368 while holding the Heat to four on -.043.
The Heat didn't score consecutive points until near the technical time-out, as a Lars Bornemann kill and a Cougars attack error made it 15-9, and it was 16-9 at the break. From then on the two sides traded points until the Cougars got two in a row to go up 22-14, then strung together three in a row on a Riley Friesen kill and a pair of Heat errors to close out the frame.
Second Set: (27-25)
The second set started tight, as the Heat scored first before the teams traded points through the early stages and tied six times, with three lead changes, before either side hit double digits.
Three consecutive Heat errors put the Cougars up 9-7, before Lars Bornemann stopped the skid with a big swing to make it 9-8. A Cougars service error and a big block by Bornemann and Caleb Funk tied it up at 10, and points were traded for ties at 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 before the Cougars took a 16-15 lead into the technical time-out.
A pair of kills from Quinn Bromley and one from Matt Saly were part of a stretch that put the Cougars ahead 21-17 after the break, before the Heat pulled within two after a MRU error and a huge service ace from Bornemann. A Heat error and a Riley Friesen kill put the Cougars up 23-20, and brought on a Heat time-out.
Out of the time-out the Heat scored back-to-back to pull within one at 23-22, and tied it up at 24 after a Cougars mistake and another big swing from Bornemann. Tyler Schmidt put the Cougars up 25-24, but a service error brought the Heat even at 25, after which the home side got a huge kill from Joshua Harvey and a clutch block from Bornemann and Funk to clinch the set win.
Third Set: (18-25)
MRU started the third set with a 4-0 run, before a service error got the Heat on the board. Another huge block from Funk and Bornemann gave the Heat their third point of the set, bringing them within two, but Matt Saly buried his second kill of the set to put the Cougars up 6-3. A big shut-down block by MRU's Tanner Greves and Quinn Bromley started a run, as the Cougars went on to pull ahead 12-4, and took a 16-7 lead into the media time-out.
Out of the break, the Cougars kept rolling, scoring back-to-back kills, before the Heat got one of their own from Devon Cote to make it 18-9. After that the Heat were able to put together a run late, to make it 23-16, but the difference was too much to make up and the Cougars went on to take it 25-18
Fourth Set: (25-16)
Devon Cote got the scoring started in the fourth set, putting a kill away for the Heat. Cote's second kill of the frame put the Heat up 5-3, followed by back-to-back kills and a huge block from Funk and Max Heppell that gave the Heat an 8-4 lead and forced a Cougars time-out.
MRU put together a four-point run to nearly pull even, down just one at 11-10, before Joshua Harvey and Jon Russo put together back-to-back shut-down blocks to keep the Heat ahead. After the Cougars pulled within one again at 13-12 and at 14-13, a kill from Devon Cote and a service ace from Joshua Harvey gave the Heat a 16-13 lead at the media time-out.
Max Heppell kept it going for the Heat out of the break, burying a kill to extend the lead to four. Two more big blocks, this time from Funk and Morgan Nichols, and a solo stop by Harvey, and kills from Cote and Heppell forced an MRU time-out with the Heat up 22-15.
Another kill from Heppell, one from Harvey, and an exclamation point of a kill from Cote sealed the set for the Heat and forced a fifth.
Fifth Set: (15-10)
The Heat got on the board first in the deciding frame, capitalizing on an error by MRU. After ties at 1-1 and 2-2, 4-4, 5-5, the Heat buried two kills and a service ace to take the 8-5 lead into the break.
Out of the break the Heat earned an ace and another huge block, from Funk and Nichols, to take a 10-5 lead. A kill from Bromley and a Heat mishit made it 10-7 at a Heat time-out.
MRU scored again out of the time-out, as Matt Saly served an ace. Devon Cote found his swing again, putting away another kill, before an error gave serve back to the Cougars at 11-9. Back-to-back same-point blocks and a huge swing from Cote made it 13-9, a kill from Harvey set up match point, and more stellar defence at the net clinched the 15-10 set victory, and the match win.
Devon Cote was the leading Heat hitter in the match, putting away 10 kills and finishing with a .389 hitting percentage. Behind him were Jon Russo (8), Lars Bornemann (7), and Joshua Harvey (6).
Morgan Nichols had 35 assists for the Heat, and added 12 digs and three total blocks.
Tyler Schmidt led the way in kills, with 15, followed by Matt Saly (8), Riley Friesen (7), and Quinn Bromley (7). Friesen also had a team-high 10 digs.
Lachlan Polson finished the night with a match-high five total blocks, adding six kills and four digs.
By the Numbers:
The Cougars finished ahead in kills (50-44), hitting percentage (.190 - .144), and assists (49-41). Each team had five service aces and five receiving errors. The Heat blocking was stronger in the match, giving them the edge at the net, as they finished ahead in total blocks (12-11) and block assists (20-12).
The UBC Okanagan Heat (1-4) and the Mount Royal University Cougars (0-3) will meet again tomorrow night, with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
CALGARY – The volleyball season has officially kicked off with the home opener for the Mount Royal Cougars versus the Winnipeg Wesmen. The first set started with Mikael Clegg serving for the Wesmen. After two successful serves, Cougars #1 Riley Friesen had a kill from the outside, giving the Cougars their first opportunity to serve. The points went back and forth between the two teams, when Cougars #8 Tyler Schmidt, had two huge kills from right side giving Mount Royal a two-point lead. The teams stayed consistent, alternating kills and blocks, however, the Wesmen took the lead 16-14 at the technical timeout. Winnipeg Wesmens’ #14 Taylor Howe extended the lead with two kills from the outside, the first down the line, and second a hard crosscourt shot. The Cougars were unable to close the gap, and the Winnipeg Wesmen won the first set when #11 Clegg served an ace. The final score of the first set was Wesmen 25, Cougars 18.
The Cougars had first attack entering the second set as #4 Tanner Greves began serving. Winnipeg Wesmens’ #9 David Bommersbach came out swinging with a kill down the line from the right side, followed by a short roll shot into centre court which the Cougars were unable to pick up. The Cougars called a timeout at 11-7 for the Wesmen in order to regroup. Mount Royal Cougars #8 Schmidt took back the serve for the Cougars with a kill from the back row. Despite a few good blocks and attacks from the Cougars, Wesmen were able to keep the lead 16-12 at the technical timeout. The Cougars fought back, but yet again were unsuccessful closing in on the lead, as Wesmen took the second set 25-21.
With the Wesmen up two sets to none, the Cougars knew it was now or never gong into the third. The Cougars came out strong with a crosscourt kill from #13 Matt Saly. The score remained within two points as the teams both put up strong attacks. At the technical timeout, the score was tied at 16. The Cougars slowly took the lead, which was extended when #1 Friesen was up to serve scoring two aces making the score 22-17 for the Cougars. Mount Royal’s #8 Schmidt closed the deal with two kills from the right side, for a final score of 25-21 for the Cougars.
Entering the fourth set it was still do or die for the Cougars as the Wesmen led two sets to one. The Cougars once again started strong with a huge save from #8 Schmidt chasing a ball to the back of the gym bringing it back into play. This save set the tone for the Cougars for the rest of the set. They quickly took the lead as #8 Schmidt had a back row kill, followed by an ace from #1 Friesen. The two continued to dominate on the Cougars side, #1 Friesen with two back row kills, and #8 Schmidt with a kill from right side extending the lead to 12-7. Winnipeg put up a tough fight as #15 Adrian Dyck put an outside attack off the block. At the technical timeout, the Cougars lead 16-10. After the technical timeout #8, Schmidt continued to dominate the right side with repeated kills leading the Cougars to a 25-17 victory.
EDMONTON – The nation's top volleyball conference returns to action this Friday, as the 2017-18 Canada West men's volleyball schedule begins. The Mount Royal Cougars will host the Winnipeg Wesmen Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.
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