The Winnipeg Wesmen are coming home winless on their trip to Trinity, but may just be packing a bit more confidence ahead of yet another crucial clash next weekend.
The Wesmen rallied from two sets down to force a fifth, but ultimately fell 3-2 (27-25, 25-22, 26-28, 21-25, 15-12) to the No. 1-ranked Trinity Western Spartans Saturday night in Langley, B.C.
After going four sets Friday with the Spartans (13-1), who have yet to lose at home, the Wesmen may just gain an emotional boost by pushing the top team in Canada to five as they prepare for the biggest home weekend of the season, hosting No. 2 UBC Friday and Saturday.
Setter Mikael Clegg had 41 assists and a team-high 10 digs for the Wesmen (10-4). Daniel Thiessen was his primary target hitting 13 kills on 41 swings while adding six digs and three block assists. Ethan Duncan had nine kills on 17 swings in the middle, and left side David Bommersbach had eight kills.
Winnipeg hit .151 for the match and will perhaps rue the first game in which the Wesmen hit .458 but lost a prolonged set.
Jacob Kern's match-high 21 kills led Trinity Western. Eric Loeppky's 17 added to the attack, and Ben Lieuwen added 12.
Winnipeg hosts UBC Friday at 7:45 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.