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Spiking back into the season

 

The Trojan’s mens and womens volleyball teams marched into the new year with home and home sweeps of the Medicine Hat Rattlers.

The women, who have a 6-8 win-loss record, now stand fifth in the Alberta College Athletic Conferences (ACAC) South Division, and trail the fourth and final playoff spot by two points.

Simran Dhami, a fourth-year SAIT Bachelor of Business Administration student, said the group feels confident coming off of the victories after finishing 2017 with a string of losses.

“Our eyes are still fully on making provincials,” said Dhami.

“But we know it’s going to be difficult after dropping a few games.”

Rookie setter Tessa Geier, first-year SAIT Academic Upgrading student, made her first two starts of the season and was lights out with 41 assists and 13 digs on Friday night, and came back Saturday posting 33 assists and seven digs.

On top of the weekend victories, Greier was also named as Trojan of the Week.

The men started 2018 the same way they ended off 2017, by winning both games against the Rattlers.

The Trojans have won nine of their last 10 games and stand alone on top of the ACAC South Division.

Having won five straight games heading into the holiday break the players knew they had to maintain their focus while enjoying time off.

“It’s distracting but a lot of guys need it coming off the first half, when injuries start to build up,” said setter Nathan Goss, a fourth-year SAIT Hospitality Management student.

“It’s also really helpful for the guys because we can just take some time to chill, get healthy and come back really strong.”

Goss leads the ACAC in assists, and added to his total by posting 49 assists on Friday and 41 on Saturday.

His average of 10.22 assists per set leads the nation, but says there is still lots to work on individually and as a group. Goss was named Trojan of the Week for his efforts.

Men’s Coach Sean McKay said he is happy with the team thus far, but added that they do have another gear to shift into.

“I don’t think we’ve peaked yet.”

McKay also said the break was difficult, but he had the trust in his athletes to stay focused on the task at hand.

“ACAC Championship, National championship is what we have our eyes on.”

Expectations have risen coming out of the break, but the focus of the Trojans’ eyes is the gold at the end of the rainbow.

The Trojans hope to continue their winning ways with home and home weekends against Ambrose College and Lethbridge College in their remaining games of the season.

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