Gryphon volleyball men downed by Waterloo

WATERLOO – The Guelph Gryphons took the opening set of their OUA men’s volleyball match with the Waterloo Warriors Saturday night at Waterloo’s Physical Activities Complex, then dropped three close sets to fall into a tie with the Warriors in the West Division standings.

Waterloo rebounded from a 25-18 loss in the first set to take three in a row – 25-19, 25-21 and 25-22.

The Gryphs held early leads in the second (5-4) and third (3-2) sets, but never led in the fourth set.

Zach Newman had 20 kills, an ace, six digs and two blocks for the Gryphs while Josh Green had eight kills, two aces, 10 digs and a block and Kendrick Kerr had eight kills, two aces, three digs and two blocks. Sam Nothnagel had four kills, an ace and two blocks, Kaj Wigston had six digs and three assists and Sam Kloke had a kill, an ace, five digs, a block and 38 assists.

Braden Kok led Waterloo with 13 kills, an ace, 11 digs, two blocks and an assist while Aidan Simone had 13 kills, 12 digs and three blocks and Kevin Lebeaux had seven kills, four digs and an assist. Colm Guyn had four kills, six digs, four blocks and 40 assists.

The result leaves the teams tied for fourth in the West Division. Waterloo’s at 5-7 while the Gryphs are at 5-8. One of them will miss the playoffs.

The Gryphs, who are 1-3 in 2018, have four matches to go in their regular season starting with 8 p.m. home games at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre against the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-7) Friday and Trent Excalibur (0-12) Saturday.

They’re to complete their regular season with a pair of road games as they’re to play the Western Mustangs (11-2) at London Feb. 23 and the Windsor Lancers (9-5) at Windsor Feb. 25.


Warriors 3 Gryphons 1
Guelph 25 Waterloo 18
Waterloo 25 Guelph 19
Waterloo 25 Guelph 21
Waterloo 25 Guelph 22
Kills: Guelph 45; Waterloo 48
Errors: Guelph 26; Waterloo 16
Total Attacks: Guelph 125; Waterloo 109
Kill Percentage: Guelph .152; Waterloo .294
Assists: Guelph 43; Waterloo 44
Aces: Guelph 8; Waterloo 1
Service Errors: Guelph 15; Waterloo 15
Return Errors: Guelph 1; Waterloo 8
Digs: Guelph 36; Waterloo 47
Solo Blocks: Guelph 1; Waterloo 2
Assisted Blocks: Guelph 11; Waterloo 15
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