BY DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen will play a win-and-you're-in match Friday night at the Wesmen Classic for a chance to earn one of four semifinal berths.
The Wesmen were unable to hold on to a 2-1 set lead and fell in their second pool-play match Friday, 3-2 (25-19, 19-25, 15-25, 25-23, 15-11) to the Manitoba Bisons.
The result means the Wesmen can earn the second semifinal berth in the Unruh Pool with a win over the Western Mustangs in the 7 p.m. Centre Court match.
The Bisons guaranteed themselves a spot in the 1-2 crossover semifinal with the win, as did the Brandon Bobcats and Laval Rouge et Or, who were winners in their Friday-morning matches. Brandon swept the Ryerson Rams (25-18, 25-23, 25-12) and Laval did the same to Regina (25-22, 25-23, 25-19) to move to 2-0, setting up a battle for first in the 5 p.m. match that will wrap up pool play in the Burchuk Pool.
"I think we're still kind of in winter-break mode almost, you could say," Wesmen outside Daniel Thiessen said. "We haven't been as sharp as we were near the end of the first half (of the conference season)."
UNB, which lost to Winnipeg on Thursday night, defeated Western 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21) to keep its hopes of a semifinal berth alive. The Varsity Reds will need a win over Manitoba and a Winnipeg loss to Western to squeeze into the top two in their pool.
Ryerson and Regina will play in another 5 p.m. match in a battle of 0-2 teams.