Mount Royal disposes of Regina in three straight sets

Mount Royal disposes of Regina in three straight sets

Braden Konschuh, University of Regina Sports Information

REGINA, Sask. – Mount Royal won a Canada West men's volleyball match by scores of 25-13, 25-18, and 26-24 over the University of Regina on Friday night in an all-Cougar battle at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

The match was almost a carbon copy of the women's match which immediately preceded it, with No. 7-ranked Mount Royal taking convincing wins in both of the first two sets before overcoming a late Regina surge to clinch the win. MRU went up 14-7 in the third set, but the U of R clawed back and evened the match with a 9-2 run. Regina had a set point opportunity at 24-23, but Mount Royal got three consecutive points including a combined block by Matt Saly and Josh Kirkham that gave the match to the visiting Cougars.

Riley Friesen had a fine night for Mount Royal, finishing with a match-leading nine kills and also leading all players with a .571 hitting percentage. Kirkham and Saly both finished with six kills, with Kirkham hitting .500 for the game and Saly hitting at a .364 clip. Samuel Brisbane had 23 assists and fell just short of a double-double with a match-high nine digs, while libero Jonathan Phillips added eight digs.

The win improves Mount Royal's Canada West record to 7-4 as the Cougars move into a tie for fourth place in the conference standings.

Brennan Goski didn't start for Regina, but got into all three sets and finished with six kills and a team-high .385 hitting percentage for the Cougars. Dalton Wolfe had a team-high seven kills, while Cody Caldwell added six kills for Regina and Michael Corrigan finished with 20 assists and eight digs.

The two teams will finish off the weekend set on Saturday following the conclusion of the women's match. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.