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MVB | Wesmen work quickly in sweep of Sask

Winnipeg Wesmen left side Nigel Nielsen goes up against a three-man Saskatchewan block during Canada West men's volleyball action Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 at the Duckworth Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Winnipeg Wesmen left side Nigel Nielsen goes up against a three-man Saskatchewan block during Canada West men's volleyball action Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 at the Duckworth Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen didn't look the part of a team that hadn't played a match in 20 days.

Daniel Thiessen had a team-high 11 kills with five aces and the Wesmen men's volleyball team hit .354 for the match in coolly taking down the Saskatchewan Huskies 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-22) in a Canada West conference match Friday night at the Duckworth Centre. 

The win moved the Wesmen to 3-2 on the season while the Huskies dropped to 1-4. 

Nigel Nielsen hit a career-high .471 with 10 kills on 17 swings for the Wesmen, who hit .478 in the first set, .350 in the second and .278 in the third. They made just 11 attack errors for the match. 

Thiessen also had seven digs, and Nielsen four with two aces. Darian Picklyk led the way in the back row with a match-high 10 digs. 

Thiessen, who came in attacking at a .381 clip, had his fifth straight match with a percentage over .300 — the longest such stretch of his career. 

The Wesmen also got eight kills from Eric Dornez and freshman middle blocker Paxton Koop, who made no errors on 12 swings and finished with a .667 percentage as well as six digs. 

The Huskies were led by Dylan Mortensen, who had 11 kills and two aces. 

The Wesmen recorded seven total blocks (one solo, 12 assists) to Saskatchewan's four. 

The two teams will meet again Saturday with first serve set for 5 p.m.

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