Gryphon volleyball men rally for season-opening win
WATERLOO – After dropping the opening set of their OUA men’s volleyball regular season, the Guelph Gryphons rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Waterloo Warriors Friday night on Waterloo’s Carl Totzke Court.
The Warriors took the opening set 25-22 before the Gryphs stormed back to take the match with 28-26, 25-16 and 25-14 set wins.
Jacob Schweyer had 16 kills, two aces, two blocks and seven digs for the Gryphs while Jonathan Pickett had 14 kills, an ace, four blocks and four digs. Cameron Chadwick followed with 10 kills, an ace and five digs while Joshua Glasbergen had three kills, three blocks and four digs and Jacob Bailey had three kills, three blocks and three digs. Thomas Pugsley had 40 assists and five digs.
Noel Campfens and Lucas Redmann each had 12 kills and an ace for the Warriors while Siraj Khanna had an ace and four blocks. Will McIntyre had 12 digs and Logan Wenzel had 38 assists.
The Gryphs had 50 kills, four aces, 15 blocks, 47 assists and 33 digs in the match with a .356 kill percentage. Waterloo had 44 kills, four aces, six blocks, 44 assists and 37 digs and performed at a.142 kill percentage.
The two teams are to battle again Saturday at 4 p.m. in Waterloo.
Last season, the Gryphs won their opening match against the Nipissing Lakers on their own court, but dropped a rematch with the Lakers the following day for their only loss in their first seven matches. It was the only time all season the Gryphs won the opening match and lost their second when they played the same team on consecutive days.
The Gryphs are to host Nipissing in their home-opening twin play Nov. 10 and 11 at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre. Game time is 8 p.m. both days. Those matches are to be the first matches of the regular season for the Lakers.
- Guelph Sports Journal