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MVB | Young Wesmen lineup pulls out five-set win over Dal

Wesmen left side Austin Anderson swings for a kill against the Dalhousie Tigers during men's volleyball action Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at the Duckworth Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Wesmen left side Austin Anderson swings for a kill against the Dalhousie Tigers during men's volleyball action Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at the Duckworth Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

Through both need and by design, the Winnipeg Wesmen men's volleyball team has had a lot of different looks to it through only five matches.

And so on Wednesday night, the Wesmen tinkered again with a variety of looks, eventually prevailing with a 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12) non-conference victory over the Dalhousie Tigers at the Duckworth Centre. The Wesmen played without regular starters Daniel Thiessen and Ethan Duncan, both out with injuries, and once again got a look at some of their young talent in rallying from a deficit to win for the fourth time in five non-conference matches. 

Sophomore left side Nigel Nielsen had 13 kills to lead all Wesmen in that category, while fellow second-year outside Austin Anderson had nine kills, an ace, a stuff block and three digs.

"It's really exciting to just get out there and play," Anderson said. "I'm trying to do my best and try to earn a spot.

"I've had a couple games where I feel like I've played really well and some where I'm definitely working some kinks out, but I'm ready to keep moving forward."

Will Racano added two aces for the Wesmen, who got six blocks from fifth-year setter Mikael Clegg

Last week over the course of four matches at the Brandon tournament, the Wesmen got 19 players on a scoresheet as head coach Larry McKay assesses where a number of underclassmen might fit in the rotation when the conference season opens Oct. 19. On Wednesday, 10 different players saw action and the results were admittedly up-and-down.

"It was very up and down," Anderson said. "We just started to have some fun in that fourth set. We were really down and not playing well at all, and just to come back and have some fun and win two sets was a really good feeling for the group, and we're definitely ready to come back at it again (Thursday)."

The two teams will meet again Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Duckworth Centre before they will both participate in the University of Manitoba tournament that starts Friday.

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