Gryphon volleyball men take aim at OUA bronze

HAMILTON – The Guelph Gryphons are to play for bronze Saturday at the OUA men’s volleyball Final Four tournament at McMaster’s Burridge Gymnasium.

The Gryphs were swept in three close sets by the Waterloo Warriors in semifinal play Friday. Waterloo won 25-22, 26-24, 25-21.

The Gryphs led in each set, but never by more than two points and never after the teams reached 20 points. Their last leads were 19-18 in the first set, 6-5 in the second and 15-13 in the third.

Zach Newman had eight kills, two assists, two aces, seven digs and one block for the Gryphs while Kendrick Kerr had seven kills, two assists, four digs and three blocks, Josh Green had seven kills, seven digs and two blocks, Jared Harris had six kills, one assist and one dig, Sam Nothnagel had two kills, one dig and three blocks, Sam Kloke had two kills, 21 assists, five digs and two blocks, Greg Olejnik  and Jakson Paterson each had one block, Kyle Richards had two assists and Kaj Wigston had one dig.

For Waterloo, Braden Cok had 13 kills, one ace, seven digs and four blocks, Jordan McConkey had nine kills, two digs and four blocks, Kevin Lebreux had six kills, one ace, six digs and two blocks, Matthew Mawdsley had two kills, one assist, three digs and six blocks, Aidan Simone had three kills, one ace and six digs, Nikola Dimitrijevic had 29 assists, one ace, five digs and one block, Waylon Chen had one assist and three digs and Andrew Smondulak had one block.

The Gryphs had swept Waterloo 3-0 in both regular-season meetings between the teams as they won at Waterloo Nov. 10 and at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre Feb. 3.

Guelph is to play the Ryerson Rams in Saturday’s bronze-medal match. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

The Gryphs and Rams met once during the regular season with Ryerson winning 3-0 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre Feb. 17.

Waterloo and the McMaster Marauders will meet in the gold-medal match Saturday at 8 p.m.

McMaster took both regular-season matches with Waterloo, winning 3-0 at Waterloo Nov. 25 and 3-2 at McMaster Feb. 17.

By winning their semifinal matches, both McMaster and Waterloo qualified for the U Sports national championship tournament set for March 17 to 19 at Edmonton.

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