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MVB | Defence serves as backbone as Wesmen polish off Bisons

Freshman middle blocker Justin Stecher swings against no block during men's volleyball action Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the U of M. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Freshman middle blocker Justin Stecher swings against no block during men's volleyball action Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the U of M. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

When the Winnipeg Wesmen turned up their defence after a shoddy first set and stormed back to take a four-set victory Saturday night.

The Wesmen men's volleyball team produced a season-high 54 digs and produced its first back-to-back wins of the season, knocking off the Manitoba Bisons 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-18) at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. 

The series sweep of the Bisons improved the team's record to 4-6 while Manitoba dropped to 2-8. 

Libero Darian Picklyk notched a career-high 19 digs and Daniel Thiessen matched his season-high with 13 digs. 

"I think it's something we're very capable of doing, it just isn't always there necessarily," said setter Mikael Clegg, who was in on three total blocks and posted a season-high 46 assists. 

"I feel really good. Lots of guys have had a lot of opportunity to play, which doesn't happen too happen on most university teams. I think it'll really help us in the long run to have all these guys playing in games."

The Bisons hit .632 in the first set, but the Wesmen shaved that down considerably the rest of the way. Manitoba would finish hitting .259 for the night to Winnipeg's .264.

Offensively Thiessen led the way with 19 kills on 38 swings to hit .342 for the night. Nigel Nielsen made just three errors on 20 swings and knocked down 11 kills to hit .400 for the match.

Barring a playoff match-up with U of M, Saturday marked the last time Clegg will face the Bisons and he ends his stint in the rivalry with the Wesmen currently on a five-match conference win streak.

"It feels really good," Clegg said. "There's a bunch of really good volleyball players and just really good guys on the other side of the net, so it's always nice beating them."

Kevin Negus had 23 kills to lead the Bisons.

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