CAMROSE, AB - Meeting for the second time in two nights, the Augustana Vikings come back to defeat the NAIT Ooks in an exciting 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-11) match at Augustana Gym.
With the win, the Vikings remain perfect on the season having now won four straight matches and only dropping one set total. The Ooks on the other hand will continue their search for their first win of the season with a 0-2 record.
Jumping out to take early control, the Ooks commanded the first set leading constantly by at least five points. However, late in the set, the Vikings found themselves within reach calling a timeout down 19-21. The timeout almost proved worthy as they continued to push their guests, but it was too little too late as the Ooks took the set 25-23.
Building off their first set momentum the Ooks jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the second frame, forcing the home side to play catch up. And catch up they did with Shae Boyes painting the sideline with a big kill to even the score at 11, before Sarah Dedrick allowed the Vikings to have their first lead, setting the ball skillfully over the net and sending Ooks players scrambling. The Viking's battle was enough to even the score at one set apiece.
This time it was the Vikings who got out the quick lead, 8-1, forcing the Ooks to take a timeout to regroup. The stoppage in play would not help the Vikings glided their way to a 25-17 set win.
In a similar fashion, the Vikings had clearly found their game jumping out to another big 9-2 lead and forcing a timeout call. Sealing the deal on a 25-11 set win and the game was rookie Cassandra Klinger with a big kill in the middle of the court.
Next weekend the Ooks will have a home-and-home series with city rivals, Concordia Thunder. The Thunder will play host on Friday night at 8:00 PM MT, before heading to NAIT on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Vikings will receive a weekend bye and return on Saturday, December 4th at Lakeland Rustlers at 8:00 PM MT, before taking on the GPRC Wolves on Sunday night to head into the holiday break. Catch all the action on ACACTV.