Grande Prairie Proves to be Tough Foe for Men’s VolleyballPosted on: Jan 13, 2014
The Thunder Men's Volleyball team started the second half of their season with two game road trip to Grande Prairie. The Wolves proved to be a formidable opponent taking both matches on the weekend and limiting the Thunder to a single set victory. "It was a tough weekend for us as we were without our offensive leader Connor Reeves who has been injured for 3 weeks now and having a short bench due to illness of other players," commented Coach Joel Mrak. "We relied on Alex Ingstrup to spread out the offense, looking for the rest of the team to step up and make contributions". On Friday, the Thunder came out on the short end of a 3-1 decision with set scores of 22-25, 25-8, 25-20 and 25-22. First year players Adam Baker and Nick Dove both had good nights recording 10 kills each. Sophomore Libero Matt Fulton had 14 digs over the 4 set match while the aforementioned Adam Baker was selected as the Player of the Game. "The way we started on Friday, I thought that we would have been in control the whole night as the guys looked great. I am not sure what happened after that first set, but we were out of sync the rest of the weekend."
On Saturday afternoon, the Thunder struggled in a straight set loss 25-16, 25-15 and 25-17. Once again, Matt Fulton had a solid performance adding 12 digs to his ACAC-leading totals. Nick Dove had another good afternoon as well with a 7 kill, 7 dig balanced match. Matt Fulton was named the Player of the Game. "With Lethbridge only having a women's team this season, next weekend is a bye week and gives us some time to regroup," concluded Mrak. The Thunder's next action will be on January 24th when they host the SAIT Trojans.