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Bisons play spoiler, end UBCO season with first win

Manitoba's Darian Koskie (right) and Ben Carleton each go to play a serve during men's volleyball action, Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Duckworth Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Manitoba's Darian Koskie (right) and Ben Carleton each go to play a serve during men's volleyball action, Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Duckworth Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

WINNIPEG — Hours after the Winnipeg Wesmen spoiled their season, the Manitoba Bisons did their closest rivals a major solid. 

The Bisons got 18 kills from Ben Carleton and earned their first victory of the weekend, downing the UBC-Okanagan Heat 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22) to wrap up Pool C play of the Canada West men's volleyball tournament Saturday night at the Duckworth Centre.

While the win was essentially meaningless for the Bisons, who had been eliminated thanks to a Winnipeg win over Calgary earlier in the night, the same could not be said for the Wesmen, who advanced in the tournament with the victory while the Heat, who had beaten the Wesmen on Friday, had their season come to a shocking conclusion. 

The Heat needed a win in five sets or fewer to guarantee their spot into next weekend's top six, but the Bisons win not only kept the Wesmen alive, it gave them the top spot in the pool. 

Carleton hit .389 for the night and had seven kills in the fourth set alone. He also had seven digs and was in on four total blocks. 

Owen Schwartz led three Bisons in double figures with a match-high 16 digs and Manitoba hit .244 for the night, including .419 in the fourth set. Jack Mandryk had 11 kills and Kyle Martens 10. 

The Heat were led by Noah Carlson's 19 kills and 10 digs. Maxwell Heppell added 17 kills and Cameron Vanderveen 10. 

The Bisons season will continue as they host the U Sports nationals later this month. 

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