DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
BRANDON – That wasn't how the Winnipeg Wesmen imagined their first foray into the 2018 post-season going.
The Wesmen found themselves down early and often, and really never recovered in dropping a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-23) decision to the Brandon Bobcats in Match 1 of the best-of-three Canada West men's volleyball quarter-final Friday night at the Healthy Living Centre.
Elliot Viles had a team-high 11 kills and Mason Metcalf had nine on 12 swings with no errors for a Brandon side that hit .452 in the first set and .375 in the second set, both convincing wins for the home side.
Wesmen head coach Larry McKay was frank in summing up how his team played.
"Not as good as Brandon," he said. "Not to be flippant about it, but it was pretty clear. We were OK today, but Brandon was better than us in virtually every position."
Adrian Dyck had a match-high 12 kills and tied for a team-high seven digs for the Wesmen, who will look to rebound Saturday (7 p.m.) with their season on the line.
Winnipeg hit .235 for the match while Brandon attacked at a .283 clip.
The teams split their season series with both matches going to five sets. Friday, however, there was little threat of an extended stay at the HLC, as the Bobcats took a 20-19 advantage and won five of the next six points to take Set 1, and followed that up by winning six of eight points in the middle portion of the second set to expand a one-point edge to 20-16.
"Very few of those 10 sets (from the two conference matches) were close," McKay said. "Pretty much all of them were a pretty good margin. So you saw that in the first two sets and then the last one was a bit of an anomaly where it was close.
"Hopefully tomorrow we can be in this kind of set again and make a play or two."
Match 2 can be watched on canadawest.tv.