Men’s volleyball stays in playoff hunt

This past weekend, the Brock Badgers men’s volleyball team kept their playoff hopes alive with games against the Waterloo Warriors and the Guelph Gryphons.

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

On Friday, the OUA West’s last place team, the Waterloo Warriors, travelled to St. Catharines to take on Brock. The Badgers honoured their six graduating students on seniors night; team captain Marcelo Muniz Correa, Dean Globocki, Owen Kerr, Mitchell Taylor, Jason Yeung and fan favourite, Colton Borkowski. The Badgers ended their three game losing streak, with a sweep of the Warriors in three sets (25-15, 25-16, 25-19). Borkowski came off the bench late in the third set and was continually setted the ball in attempt to get the match winning point, before a Warriors error ended the game.

“Our seniors night was special. It was a big moment as four of six boys were part of the original team from 2016 and they all responded with a huge effort against Waterloo,” said Badgers’ head coach Matt Ragogna.

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Globocki and Peter Schnabel led the team with 12.5 points each, Globocki also led with five aces and Schnabel with two blocks. Logan House had some monstrous kills which left jaws on the floor; he had nine kills to lead the team, while adding 12 points to the Badgers’ winning effort. Correa and Sauli Lianga led the team with eight digs each, Correa also led the team with 30 assists. Borkowski only managed to put up a single dig in his limited playing time.

“It was a great team performance and a great way to end off many of these boys’ home careers at the Bob Davis Gym,” said Ragogna.

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

On Saturday, the team headed to Guelph to take on the Gryphons. The Badgers fought long and hard, pushing the Gryphons to the bitter end, dropping the game in five sets (26-24, 23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-6).

House had his best game of the season, accumulating an astounding 24 kills and 29 points while hitting at a .300 efficiency. He also led the Badgers in aces with two and blocks with three.

“Logan had a solid game for us,” said Ragogna. “He has been waiting patiently all year for a chance to showcase his offensive talent and he got his chance last night.”

Globocki and Lianga again had solid games with 10 kills each, while scoring 10 and 13 points, respectively. Libero Ethan Kalef led the team with 11 digs and Correa again led the team in assists with 33.

“The whole team battled an intense crowd that filled the Guelph gym and we fought point by point with a really well disciplined Gryphon team,” said Ragogna. “It was the compete level we have had for the past three weeks now in our season and it’s a great level to be competing at heading into our final two games, both with important [playoff] implications.”

The Badgers now sit at 6-9 and are tied for fourth, the final playoff spot, in the OUA West with the Western Mustangs. The Badgers have two games remaining, while the Mustangs have three. Both the Badgers and Mustangs will face the Windsor Lancers prior to the end of the regular season, whom they both lost 3-1 to in their previous matches, Brock’s loss coming in the season opener and Western’s this past weekend. Western will then take on the nationally ranked McMaster Marauders (No. 2) and then the Badgers and Mustangs will face off in their final game of the regular season, which might end up deciding who moves on to the playoffs.

“Playoffs are still in the cards for us as we look towards our final [games]. Two big games versus division opponents coming up and if we can take a big match versus Windsor and Western it should give us that fourth and final playoff spot,” said Ragogna. “Lots of cards in the books still but I am happy with how we have been battling playoff teams for most of the second half.”

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