Gryphon volleyball men in thick of playoff race

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons put themselves in the logjam atop the OUA men’s volleyball league’s West Division with a 3-2 edging of the Brock Badgers Thursday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Gryphs who haven’t lost since starting 2019 with a 3-0 setback to the Toronto Varsity Blues at Toronto Jan. 12.

The victory lifted Guelph’s record to 8-4, the same as the Western Mustangs. The McMaster Marauders (9-2) and Windsor Lancers (9-3) lead the West while the Waterloo Warriors (5-6) remain in the playoff race. Top four qualify for the playoffs and Brock (3-10) will not be one of them.

Thursday, the Gryphs and Badgers alternated set wins with Guelph winning the first set 25-22, Brock taking the second 27-25, Guelph winning the third 25-14 and Brock claiming a 25-21 win in the fourth set. The Gryphs took the fifth set 15-9.

The Gryphs had a .287 kill percentage with 64 kills and they also had nine aces. Brock’s kill percentage was .201 with 52 kills and the Badgers had four aces.

Zarko Ubiparip had 18 kills, an ace, five digs and a block while Zach Newman had 15 kills, an assist, an ace, nine digs and three blocks and Jakson Paterson had 12 kills, a dig and two blocks.

Logan House led Brock with 22 kills, an assist, two aces, eight digs and two blocks. Peter Schnabel collected 11 kills, four digs and two blocks and Clay Blanchette had eight kills, six digs and two blocks.

The Gryphs are to play the Ryerson Rams (9-4) at Toronto Feb. 9 and Waterloo Warriors at Waterloo Feb. 10.

 

Gryphons 3 Badgers 2
Guelph 25 Brock 22
Brock 27 Guelph 25
Guelph 25 Brock 14
Brock 25 Guelph 21
Guelph 15 Brock 9
TEAM STATS
Points: Guelph 82.0, Brock 67.0
Kills: Guelph 64, Brock 52
Assists: Guelph 57, Brock 47
Aces: Guelph 9, Brock 4
Digs: Guelph 42, Brock 37
Blocks: Guelph 9, Brock 11
INDIVIDUAL STATS
Points: Guelph — Ubiparip 20, Newman 19, Paterson 14, Hissink 13, Baxter 9, Francis 3, Selhi 2, Dresser 1, Bechard 1; Brock — House 26, Schnabel 13, Blanchette 10, Correa 6, Naqvi 6, Yeung 3, Carter 2, Globocki 1.
Kills: Guelph — Ubiparip 18, Newman 15, Paterson 12, Hissink 11, Baxter 3, Selhi 2, Francis 2, Bechard 1; Brock — House 22, Schnabel 11, Blanchette 8, Naqvi 5, Correa 3, Yeung 2, Carter 1.
Assists: Guelph — Dresser 47, Hayter 8, Newman 1, Kissack 1; Brock — Correa 41, Kalef 2, Taylor 2, House 1, Globocki 1.
Aces: Guelph — Baxter 5, Newman 1, Hissink 1, Ubiparip 1, Francis 1; Brock — House 2, Globocki 1, Carter 1.
Digs: Guelph — Kissack 11, Newman 9, Hissink 7, Dresser 6, Ubiparip 5, Paterson 1, Bechard 1, Hayter 1, Wilson 1; Brock — House 8, Correa 7, Kalef 7, Blanchette 6, Schnabel 4, Yeung 2, Naqvi 1, Carter 1, Taylor 1.
Blocks: Guelph — Newman 3, Paterson 2, Dresser 1, Hissink 1, Ubiparip 1, Baxter 1; Brock — Correa 3, House 2, Schnabel 2, Blanchette 2, Naqvi 1, Yeung 1.

 

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