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Dinos clinch spot in second round with sweep of Bisons

Hamish Hazelden reacts after a Calgary point during Canada West conference men's volleyball playoff action Friday, March 4, 2022 at the Duckworth Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Hamish Hazelden reacts after a Calgary point during Canada West conference men's volleyball playoff action Friday, March 4, 2022 at the Duckworth Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

WINNIPEG — The Calgary Dinos are on the cusp of booking their way out of Pool C into the next round of the Canada West conference men's volleyball playoffs.

The Dinos got 19 kills on 31 swings from Hamish Hazelden and defeated the Manitoba Bisons 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-22) in the late match Friday night, a victory that moved the Dinos to 2-0 for the weekend and moved them inches away from a spot in the next round next weekend.

Hazelden hit .548 and the Dinos attacked at .278 for the night in dominating the Bisons, who fell to 0-2 and are on the edge of elimination. 

A Dinos win Saturday over Winnipeg would clinch top spot in the pool, but a loss could activate tiebreaking scenarios for the top two in the pool. The first tiebreaker is matches won/lost between tied teams, and the second tiebreaker is sets won/lost. 

"I think we passed the ball as good as we have all weekend and I think that allowed our setter Tommy (Sorra) to do a good job running the offence and I thought we did a good job," Calgary head coach Rod Durrant said. "We've been very solid (at the net). We worked together with our block defence. Teams are hitting the ball high and hard, so you've gotta be disciplined at the net. I think it's gotta work in conjunction with the back-row guys, and tonight I thought we did a good job digging some balls along with putting up a solid block."

Ben Carleton and Spencer Grahame both had 10 kills for the Bisons, who hit .101 on the night.

The Dinos, the pool's No. 2 seed, will face No. 1 seed Winnipeg in their final match of the round-robin format on Saturday (6 p.m. CT).

Manitoba closes against UBC-Okanagan, who moved to 1-1 with a five-set win over Winnipeg earlier in the night.

The top two teams advance to next weekend where the remaining teams will be split into two pools of three to determine who goes to the conference Final Four.