Barrie, ON – December 4th, 2013 – The Georgian Grizzlies men’s and women’s volleyball teams held their final games of the first half of the OCAA season Wednesday night at the Georgian Athletic Centre against the Trent Excalibur.
After backing themselves into a corner with a 2-0 set deficit (25-20, 25-20) to Trent, the Grizzlies men’s team rebounded taking the next two sets in miraculous fashion staving off elimination with wins of 25-23 and 25-20 to send the match a fifth and deciding set.
With the momentum finally on their side the Grizzlies were able to pull off the rare comeback from two sets down to win the match 3-2 with a 15-9 fifth set victory.
Lyndon Sonego (Barrie) led the Grizzlies in scoring with 18 points while Justin Burke matched a career best with 52 assists doing a great job to set up his teammates all night.
The win pushes Georgian above the .500 mark with a 5-4 record to sit in 5th place in the east division at the midway point of the season.
In the women’s contest both teams battled with a share of first place in the east division standings on the line for the winner.
After Trent took the first set 25-22, the Grizzlies rallied back to take the next two sets 25-15 and 25-19 to hold a 2-1 lead.
The visiting Excalibur weren’t to be outdone battling right back in the fourth set with a 25-17 win to send the game to a fifth and deciding tiebreaker.
The marathon match featured great play on both sides with some long rallies but in the end it was the Excalibur who took the final set 15-12 and the match 3-2.
Natalie Buck (Keswick) had a tremendous game scoring a season high 23 points for the Grizzlies while teammate Mackenzie Roy (Barrie) had an incredible 35 assists along with 4 serving aces.
The loss gives the Grizzlies a 7-2 record at the first half break which puts them in third place in the OCAA East Division standings, just one victory behind Seneca and Trent who are tied for first at 8-1.
The Grizzlies men’s and women’s teams will play their next regular season home games on Friday, January 10th when they host the Algonquin Thunder.