Gryphon volleyball men bronzed at McMaster

HAMILTON – The Guelph Gryphons returned from the OUA men’s volleyball Final Four at McMaster Saturday with bronze medals.

The Gryphs rallied in the bronze-medal match to edge the Ryerson Rams 3-2.

Guelph won the first set 25-20 before Ryerson won two in a row, taking the second set 25-23 and the third 25-19. The Gryphs extended the match with a 25-21 win in the fourth set and won bronze with a 15-13 win in the fifth set.

The fourth set was tied 17-17 before three aces by Sam Nothnagel helped the Gryphs shoot ahead. The fifth set was tied 13-13 before a kill by Josh Green and a block by Nothnagel gave Guelph the win.

Kendrick Kerr had 18 kills, one assist, three digs and six blocks for the Gryphs while Zach Newman had 14 kills, one assist, one ace, six digs and three blocks, Green had 17 kills, one assist and eight digs, Nothnagel had nine kills, three aces, two digs and three blocks, Jared Harris had seven kills, six digs and three blocks, Sam Kloke had three kills, 57 assists and eight digs, Kaj Wigston had two assists and eight digs and Kyle Richards had two assists and two digs.

Lucas Coleman had 32 kills, three aces and three digs for Ryerson and Brendan Kewin had 12 kills, one assist, two aces, 11 digs and one block, Will Otten had five kills, one assist, two aces and 11 digs, Uchenna Ofoha had five kills, two digs and two blocks, Adam Anagnostopoulos had two kills, 52 assists, nine digs and three blocks and Mattias Peters had one kill, three digs and four blocks.

Including preseason, regular season and playoffs, the Gryphs went 17-8 this season.

The medal win was the first for the Gryphs since they won silver in 2010. It was their first playoff appearance since 2012 when they were ousted in the quarter-finals.

The McMaster Marauders won gold as they swept the Waterloo Warriors 3-0, winning 25-21, 25-11, 25-21, for their fifth consecutive title win — all on their home court.

McMaster and Waterloo both advance to next weekend’s U Sports national championship tournament at Edmonton.

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