Stopped by the ‘Stangs

Outside hitters Goyer, Tomlinson 1-3 in OUA scoring race

Outside hitter Mike Tomlinson is currently third in the OUA with 107 kills.
Outside hitter Mike Tomlinson is currently third in the OUA with 107 kills.

The youthful men’s volleyball team showed their progression in a tight match with Western last weekend.

The Gaels went 1-1 at home, edging the Windsor Lancers 3-2 on Saturday and losing to the Western Mustangs 3-1 on Sunday.

“I’m happy with how we came out today,” said outside hitter Philippe Goyer after the loss to Western. “Our effort [against Windsor] wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be.”

Goyer and outside hitter Mike Tomlinson both posted season highs in points this past weekend, moving them into first and third in the OUA kills race respectively.

Tomlinson posted 28.5 points in Saturday’s win and Goyer put up 29 in the loss to Western.

Fifth-year setter Jackson Dakin recorded 49 assists against Western, nearly enabling an upset over the third-place Mustangs (5-1).

“We had a long, hard battle [against Windsor],” said Gaels head coach Brenda Willis. “[Western] had three quick games [on Saturday] and probably didn’t play all their starters, and we had a long five-setter.”

Fatigue may have been a factor for the Gaels, but Willis placed lack of execution as blame for the loss.

“We were good enough to beat them and we didn’t finish,” she said. “We missed serves … and we didn’t put the ball away when we needed to.

Despite the loss, the Gaels are optimistic about future meetings between the teams.

“[We’re] showing some progression and some depth, because I played some different guys there — Darren Edwards and Ivo Dramov came in,” Willis said.

Dramov played two sets for the Gaels on Sunday and recorded nine digs, a season high for the first-year libero.

The 1-1 result from the weekend puts the Gaels at 5-3, fourth in the OUA.

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