BY DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
It really doesn't matter who the other guys decided to put on the floor, the Winnipeg Wesmen were going to enjoy beating their crosstown rivals.
Both the Wesmen and Manitoba Bisons played varying alterations of their regular lineups and the host U of W dominated from start to finish, beating the Bisons 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-23) in the third-place match at the 51st Wesmen Classic Saturday night.
"Definitely any time we play Manitoba it gets pretty heated and the fact that we lost (Friday) was definitely on everyone's mind," tournament all-star David Bommersbach said.
The win avenged an earlier five-set loss to the Bisons in pool play in which the Wesmen regretted some sluggish play and an inability to finish sets.
But the victory also means the Wesmen can go into the next half of Canada West play on a winning note. Winnipeg heads to Trinity Western and hosts UBC in the first two weeks back in conference play.
"Obviously the competition we're going to face is a lot better than what we saw in that last game, but it's good to get the win and have that going forward," Bommersbach said.
In the championship match, the Brandon Bobcats rallied from 18-10 down in the third set to earn a sweep of the Laval Rouge et Or, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 27-25).
"When things don't go our way we have a tendency to come out fighting and I thought we did that tonight," BU head coach Grant Wilson said. "We played with a lot of good emotion and good energy and our guys were definitely ready to go."
In addition to Bommersbach, the Bisons Adam DeJonckheere, Brandon's Elliott Viles, and Laval's Vicente Villalobos and Ethan Ellison were named tournament all-stars. Viles had 13 kills in the final.
Seth Friesen, who had eight kills in the final, was named tournament MVP.
In the fifth-place match, Ryerson ended Regina's two-match win streak with a 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-14, 25-16) win. Western won its first match of the tournament by knocking off UNB 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 31-29, 15-13) in the seventh-place match.