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Wesmen keep pace with second straight win

Ethan Duncan had two aces, as well as 12 kills, as the Wesmen beat the UBCO Heat Friday night. (Kelly Morton photo)
Ethan Duncan had two aces, as well as 12 kills, as the Wesmen beat the UBCO Heat Friday night. (Kelly Morton photo)

BY DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen men's volleyball team is back on a winning streak.

One of the hottest teams of the first semester in the Canada West, the Wesmen slogged through injury troubles and lineup shake-ups through most of January, but have now strung together back-to-back victories thanks to a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-17) win over the UBC-Okanagan Heat Friday night in Kelowna, B.C.

Middle blocker Ethan Duncan had 12 kills on 18 swings with just one error for the Wesmen, who improved to 12-7 on the season. Duncan also added two aces. Daniel Thiessen had a team-high 13 kills and added seven digs.

Winnipeg hit .267 for the match and mustered 10 total blocks. Setter Mikael Clegg had a team-high 13 digs.

The win allowed the Wesmen to keep pace with fourth-place Brandon in the Canada West standings, while also extending the gap between themselves and sixth-place Calgary, which lost its fifth straight Friday night.

Lars Bornemann had a match-high 20 kills for the Heat (5-14), who also got 12 kills from Devon Cote. UBCO was held to .156 attacking on the night.

The teams meet again Saturday in Kelowna and the Wesmen will return home for their Duckworth Centre finale next weekend against Alberta, with Saturday, Feb. 10 serving as Senior Night.