Thunder Men’s Volleyball Take Two Sets off King’sPosted on: Feb 2, 2015
The Thunder Men's Volleyball team faced the crosstown rival King's Eagles this weekend, winning two sets and nearly forcing a fifth set on Saturday night. As they have all season, the Thunder played two very competitive matches against the Eagles, who are currently tied for 2nd place in the ACAC North. On Friday night at home, the Thunder surrendered the first two sets of the match but wouldn't give up, taking the third set by 6 points. However, the size and experience of the Eagles at the net put the Thunder on their heels in the fourth and final set, resulting in a 3-1 loss with set scores of 25-21, 25-19, 19-25 and 25-14. Second year Left Side Nick Dove led the way with 13 kills and 3rd year teammate Connor Reeves backed him up with 9 of his own. First year Left Side Ryan Teliske recorded 7 kills and 8 digs and was named the Player of the Game for the Thunder.
On Saturday evening, the action moved across the river to the gym at King's where the Thunder came out strong, taking the first set off the Eagles. Concordia were bested in sets 2 and 3 but regrouped and played to a 25-23 decision in the 4th set, just one score shy of forcing the set into extra points. Coach Shamus Dowler was upbeat about the team's performance on the weekend. "(The team) is seeing great improvements in their overall game but we are still searching for consistency." The final set scores for Saturday's match were 23-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23. Team Captain and Setter, Alex Ingstrup led the charge with a remarkable 38 Assists. Connor Reeves had another big night recording 17 kills along with 7 digs and was named as the Thunder's Player of the Game. "Connor provided a dominating 1 set performance on Saturday night and has his sights firmly set on becoming a dominating Right Side," stated Dowler. "Saturday we saw some good fight and great comeback stretches that we haven't seen this season. The guys look to spoil some playoff drives in the final 2 weekends."
The Thunder will wrap up their home schedule this coming weekend when they will host a pair of matches against the Grande Prairie Wolves. The action starts right after the Women's games conclude at approximately 8 PM on Friday, February 6th and 3 PM on Saturday, February 7th.