Bobcats Down Wesmen In Four Sets

Bobcats Down Wesmen In Four Sets

WINNIPEG, MB - The visiting Brandon University Bobcats defeated the University of Winnipeg Wesmen in four sets (22-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-18) in the tail end of a home and home series Friday evening at the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium in Winnipeg.

The victory improves Brandon's record to 7-3. Winnipeg with the loss falls to 4-6.

Fifth year left side Roy Ching led Brandon with a match high 20 kills. James Weir and Elliot Viles each had nine kills and three blocks. Matt Powell led the team in digs with 12 while setter Reece Dixon finished with 44 assists.

Winnipeg was led by first year opposite Daniel Thiessen's 18 kills and 11 digs. David Bommersbach added 16 kills followed by Brendan Thielmann with 14. Setter Mikael Clegg had 51 assists.

The Wesmen fell behind early on the opening set but regrouped to take a 16-14 lead into the technical timeout. The two Provincial rivals battled to 21-21 when Winnipeg grabbed control of the set scoring three straight points, two on kills by Daniel Thiessen to take a 24-21 lead. A Brendan Thielmann kill soon after closed out the set for Winnipeg at 25-22. Thiessen finished with seven kills in the first set.

Set number two was a close affair from the onset with Brandon holding onto a 16-15 lead at the technical break. A late run by Brandon extended their lead to 24-20. The Bobcats eventually closed out the set in their favor by a score of 25-21 to even the match.

Winnipeg gained the early advantage in set number three leading 11-9 and received a "gift" after Brandon was issued two red cards to extend Winnipeg's lead to 13-9. The Bobcats fought back going on a pair of runs led by Roy Chings timely kills to win the set 27-25. Ching finished the set with eight kills.

In the fourth set Winnipeg once again jumped out to an early 8-4 lead. A 9-5 run by Brandon tied the score at 13-13 and soon after the Bobcats went into the timeout leading 16-15. Brandon closed out the set on a 9-3 run to win the set 25-18.

Brandon will next see action in 2017 hosting Alberta on January 6th. Winnipeg will close out their first half schedule hosting Manitoba on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m.