Tyler Crayston, Bobcat Athlete Services and Events
BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University men's volleyball team edged the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in a hard-fought four-setter in front of an electrifying crowd on Friday night at the Healthy Living Centre.
The Bobcats took out TRU in their Canada West home opener in front of over 900 fans with the set scores 25-21, 25-17, 21-25 and 25-20.
"It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster," said BU coach Grant Wilson. "We had a pretty good start after winning the first two sets. They came to life in the third set and we started to struggle. Fortunately, we found our game late in the fourth set to be able to come back and pull it out."
Brandon got the upper hand by taking the first set thanks in large part to Elliott Viles. He recorded three straight service aces to put the Bobcats ahead 16-13 at the technical timeout.
In the second set, the Bobcats continued to surge with an 8-1 run to go into the technical timeout with a 16-9 advantage.
The Bobcats had their brooms out, but the WolfPack would not go away quietly. Thompson Rivers rolled off four straight points late in the third set to extend the contest.
A fifth and final set appeared looming on the horizon with Thompson Rivers up 19-17, but Brandon rallied with seven consecutive points and polished off the match shortly after.
Roy Ching collected 14 kills while Jeremy Davies delivered 15 digs as the Bobcats upped their record to 2-and-1
Charlie Bringloe had a match-high 15 kills in a losing cause for the WolfPack, who slipped to 0-and-3
Brandon will look to sweep the weekend series on Saturday night in the rematch with the WolfPack.