Lions Complete Season Sweep of Broncos

Lions Complete Season Sweep of Broncos

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The Lions came away with their second four-set win of the weekend on Saturday night, defeating the Olds Broncos for the fourth time this season. Players of the Game were Lion’s setter Jared VanderZwaag (36 assists, 6 digs, 2 blocks) and Bronco’s outside hitter Thundersky Walkingbear (11 kills, 15 digs).

It was all Ambrose in the first set. The Bronco’s error-prone play early in the game, gave the Lions a 9-3 lead. The Lion’s put their foot on the gas to take it all the way to 24-9 before a kill by Jonny Gerber (3 kills, 1 assist) ended the opening frame.

Olds battled throughout the second set, competing at a much higher level and tying the game at 17-17 after a kill by Bronco’s middle River Thomas (4 kills, 12 digs). The Lions held a 24-23 lead before escaping with the set victory after a missed serve by Walkingbear.

Olds continued to elevate their level of play with contributions from Jesse Stoddart (6 kills, 12 digs, 3 blocks) on the outside and Rylan Head (4 kills, 1 block) in the middle. Tied at 19-19, the Broncos found their brought it up another gear while the Lions committed too many errors to a 25-21 Olds victory. The final point saw outside Bronco’s hitter Haiden Hurtig (6 kills, 6 digs, 1 ace) dig a Lion’s overpass attack with his foot and put the ball back over for the set-winning point.

The final set was as much of a battle as the third. The Lions managed to take a slim lead late in the set, after a kill out of the back row from Mark Fountain (11 kills, 13 digs, 3 aces) made the score 20-17. Walkingbear killed a ball out of the rightside and went back to the service line to serve his team back into the game and bring the score to 23-24. With the game on the line, Evan Mann (4 kills, 3 blocks, 5 digs) rejected Walkingbear’s pipe attack to finish the set and the game, stopping the comeback efforts of a charging Broncos team.

The Lions will host the undefeated Lethbridge Kodiaks February 2, after playing in Lethbridge on Thursday, January 31. The men’s games will commence at 8:00 p.m., following the women.