Short-handed Wesmen battle, but fall in four

Adrian Dyck had seven kills and eight digs in the Wesmen loss Friday night. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Adrian Dyck had seven kills and eight digs in the Wesmen loss Friday night. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

BY DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

Logan Brennan swung and served for the first time in ages, but ironically it was his defensive play the fifth-year libero said was lacking.

Brennan, thrust into an attacking role for the first time in his university career because of two key Winnipeg Wesmen injuries, had seven kills on 18 swings with two errors and hit a respectable .278 for the match, but the sixth-ranked Wesmen fell 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23) to the No. 3-ranked UBC Thunderbirds Friday night at Duckworth Centre.

The 5-foot-11 Brennan is one of the top defensive specialists in the conference, but was tasked with a brand-new role as front-row attacker after left sides David Bommersbach and Taylor Howe went down to injuries within minutes of each other in practice this week.

That left the Wesmen scrambling to put up a fight against one of the finest teams in the country.

VIDEO: Logan Brennan on his new-found role as an attacker

"We pushed one of the best teams – if not the best team – in the country to a pretty good game," Brennan said. "I think the takeaway from it is that we were in it and if we had followed the game plan a little bit better – mostly myself – then we should have been able to compete a little bit better with that team."

Daniel Thiessen led the Wesmen (10-5) with 10 kills, and Adrian Dyck had seven kills and a team-high eight digs.

Irvan Brar led three Thunderbirds in double digits with a match-high 15 kills. Jordan Deshane and Fynn McCarthy had 12 apiece.

UBC hit .313 for the match, while Winnipeg went for .176.

Coming into Friday, Brennan had registered one kill in his career, a point against UBC-Okanagan on Nov. 23, 2013, his freshman year. While Brennan enjoyed the new gig, he said he wasn't pleased with other aspects of his game.

"I think the only word to describe it is fun," Brennan said. "Going out there and just trying to help our team score points. I'm a little guy, so I'm not going to do great at those skills, but unfortunately my job was to pass the ball tonight and maybe got caught up in the other stuff too much."