After falling in the ACAC provincial playoffs – the Keyano Huskies Men’s Volleyball team got some redemption at on the national stage.
Keyano dropped out of gold contention after Thursday’s loss to the Camosun Chargers but were able to battle back to meet the host team in the bronze medal final at the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association championship.
In that bronze medal game, the Huskies got their atonement, in a five-set win (25-16, 22-25, 11-25, 28-26, and 15-13) over the Chargers.
Head Coach Keegan Kuhr says It’s the first time Keyano has earned a national medal for volleyball and karma for failing to medal at provincials.
Kuhr tells Mix News they feel they made their mark.
“To play that well against a team that handled us in the opener was impressive,” Kuhr said. “It was an instant classic on both sides, it was two teams that despite their losses in the tournament just really wanted that bronze medal. It was just a great match to be apart of and just nice to come out on the winning side.”
Justin Delorme led the way with 25 kills for the Huskies while player of the game honours went to Kelly Woods and Radoslaw Brzozowski added 10 kills along with a service ace.
Delorme and Brzozowski were named to the First and Second All-Tournament teams, respectively.
Kuhr says despite some graduating players – the future of the program is very bright.
“I want to be winning every year, I want to clinch the north every year, potentially medalling, going to nationals. That’s the standard we set for ourselves, and I know the guys coming back are excited about that standard and want to continue breaking records and setting new goals here at Keyano.”
Keyano opened the tournament with the straight set loss to Camosun before battling back, going unbeaten through the rest of the tournament before capping it off with the win against the host.
Meanwhile, the Titans de Limoilou from Quebec, topped London, Ontario’s Fanshawe Falcons in four sets to take the gold.
It’s the 11th National title for Limoilou.