The Keyano Huskies men’s volleyball team had the brooms out for their season-opening doubleheader.
The Husky men are undefeated through two games after earning two straight-set wins over the Kings University Eagles (27-25, 25-14, 25-19 and 25-23, 25-18, 25-12) to put themselves atop the ACAC North Standings.
Head Coach Keegan Kuhr tells Mix News they may have been a little lucky in both games.
“Sometimes, some luck is good to start the season and after that, we pretty much controlled the second and third sets of each game. Overall, I’m happy but never fully satisfied with a performance like that, so, we’ll keep working on that.”
For three straight seasons, the Huskies have been the team to beat in the ACAC North Division, having most recently finished last season with a record of 21-3.
Unfortunately, Keyano fell short in provincials, losing to SAIT and ultimately fell in the bronze medal game at last year’s C.C.A.A.’s.
Kuhr says with an undefeated opponent on tap in Augustana- there are a few things they’ll have to be vigilant of in the home opener.
“Augustana plays really good together, they have an older setter who sets very well. They have arguably the best two middles in the North. We’ve gotta be ready for that, for sure.”
North. We’ve gotta be ready for that, for sure.”
Kuhr adds with the Vikings tied with them atop the standings – they can’t take them for granted.
“Their pin players do enough to keep them in games and they play a good match as a group of six. So, we’ll just have to bring our best, shut down their middles and see what happens.
The Huskies kick off their home opening weekend Friday at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Centre – with that game getting underway at 8 p.m.
Lady Huskies Stumble In Debut
It wasn’t the ideal start for the Keyano women’s volleyball team who fell in both games of their season-opening doubleheader.
The lady Huskies dropped their opening games to the Eagles in straight sets (13-25, 16-25, 13-25 and 11-25, 18-25, 15-25) to fall to 0-2 to start the season.
While it wasn’t the picture perfect start – Head Coach Nic Davies feels there’s some optimism to be taken out of the game.
“It was kind of an eye-opener and when I say that I mean it was a good glimpse of the consistency level of where we want to be. We saw a lot of good things but there were some stretches where we weren’t competitive or as consistent as we could’ve been. Steep learning curve because we are a young team but overall, I feel good about the start.”
The Huskies now shift their focus to Friday’s home opener against Augustana.
Davies feels after stumbling out of the gate – they expect a decent bounce-back effort.
“We’re a little more prepared for what we’re going to see and what to expect. For those that are fresh this season, they now have that first weekend under their belt so there is no crutch of like not knowing and feeling things out.”
Keyano finished in the ACAC North basement last season – with a record of 4 wins and 20 losses – but Davies feels this is a much more well-rounded squad.
He notes while it wasn’t an ideal opening weekend – it’s an exciting time for volleyball at the college.
“Just kind of working with what he had in the past and over the summer, we worked to bring in a lot of younger talent. There is a lot of upsides here that we are building something exciting.”
Friday’s game is set to get underway at 6 p.m. at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Centre.