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MVB | Wesmen unable to complete sweep of T-Birds

Liam Kristjanson swings on a ball off the net during Winnipeg Wesmen men's volleyball action against the UBC Thunderbirds, Oct. 20, 2019. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Liam Kristjanson swings on a ball off the net during Winnipeg Wesmen men's volleyball action against the UBC Thunderbirds, Oct. 20, 2019. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

A quest for a weekend sweep for the Winnipeg Wesmen came up short Sunday as the UBC Thunderbirds rallied for a four-set win.

Coltyn Liu had 17 kills and six aces as the T-Birds came back from a set down to hand the Wesmen a 3-1 (15-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-23) Canada West conference defeat at the Duckworth Centre.

The teams split the season-opening weekend after the Wesmen scored a four-set win on Saturday.

Liu was key in a second-set run that wiped out a three-point deficit. Liu had a kill then served up back-to-back aces as UBC evened the set at 20. UBC also managed to wipe out a four-point Wesmen lead late in the fourth set, coming back from 19-15 down with four straight points. 

The Wesmen started two freshmen with Justin Stecher in the middle and Liam Kristjanson at left side, and two sophomores — Austin Anderson and Nigel Nielsen — both played four sets. 

"It was nice to get one win. Would've been really nice to get two," Wesmen setter Mikael Clegg said. "I felt that we had all the opportunity to get our second win there, but it's just growing pains still. We'll figure it out."

Kristjanson had a career-high 11 kills on 23 swings with just two errors and was also in on four blocks, one solo. Daniel Thiessen led the Wesmen with 18 kills and 13 digs while hitting .222. 

Clegg finished with 31 assists and 10 digs. 

The Wesmen hit .252 for the match and UBC .250.

Matt Neaves had 14 kills for the Thunderbirds and Tyson Smith had a match-high 14 digs. 

The Wesmen go on the road to Trinity Western next weekend to continue their Canada West season.

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