January 20th, 2013 – Peterborough, ON – Heading east the Georgian Grizzlies men’s volleyball team looked to help improve their standing in the OCAA east division with a pair of games against Fleming and Trent in Peterborough on the weekend.
The Grizzlies ran into a Fleming Knights team on Saturday that was ready to compete. After taking the first set 25-23, the Grizzlies found themselves in a marathon set that went back and forth with the Knights pulling out a 32-30 set win to even the match.
The Grizzlies ran into trouble after an injury to setter Chris Jackson forced him from the game and veteran Andy Carriere being pulled due to illness, Georgian was able to take the next set 25-21 to put the Knights on the ropes.
Fleming battled back to take the fourth set 25-19 and wore the Grizzlies down in the end taking the fifth and deciding set 15-11 to pull out a 3-2 victory.
Jason Grimm led the team with 21 points, followed by Lyndon Sonego and Darren Govan who had 19 each respectively.
Needing to rebound the Grizzlies went up against the Trent Excalibur on Sunday, but it wasn’t a good start for Georgian.
Trent came out capitalizing on a less than 100-percent Grizzlies team taking the first two sets of the game 25-22 and 28-26.
Trailing the Excalibur 20-13 with the match on the line, Head Coach John Moore took a timeout to let his team regroup and they responded.
Going on a 12-2 to take the third set 25-22, the Grizzlies got their confidence back and were able take the game over taking the final two sets 25-16 and 15-8 to take the win.
Lyndon Sonego continues to play at an incredible level racking up another 28 points including 23 kills in the victory while Michael Vandinther came up big again with 26 digs.
The win improves the Grizzlies record to 8-6 on the season, good enough for 5th place in the OCAA east division.
The Grizzlies will return home for a pair of matches on Saturday, January 26th at 3pm versus the Durham Lords (11-2) and the Cambrian Golden Shield (1-12) on Sunday at 2pm