DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
Searching for a sweep, the Winnipeg Wesmen ran into a Brandon Bobcats team dead set on a split.
Max Brook had 17 kills and 10 digs and the BU men's volleyball team prevailed 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 27-25, 19-25, 15-13) in a Canada West men's volleyball match Saturday night at the Duckworth Centre.
The result gave the two teams a match each in the season-opening weekend series with the Wesmen preparing for the Manitoba Bisons next week.
Thiessen had a career-high 28 kills on 60 swings (.383) and also added two blocks. Nielsen chipped in with 14 kills.
The Wesmen hit .288 for the night to Brandon's .264.
Winnipeg also used three setters on the night. Second-year Ben Traa earned his first career start before giving way to Matt Klysh, who was later relieved by Regina transfer Mike Corrigan, who made his Wesmen conference debut.
Middle Philip Lauter had 14 kills, three aces, and 2.5 blocks.
The Wesmen host the Bisons on Thursday at 7:45 p.m. and then play at U of M on Saturday (2:45 p.m.)