The Lakeland Rustlers Men's Volleyball team lost both games in their weekend road trip up to Fort McMurray to face the Keyano Huskies. Friday night, the Huskies won in four sets (23-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-14), while Saturday afternoon, the Huskies won in three sets (25-12, 25-20, 25-11).
The Rustlers came out strong off the bus, fighting hard to win the first set. The Rustlers stuck with the Huskies in the second set but could not pull out the win. In the third and fourth sets, the Rustlers ran out of gas, as the Huskies took the sets.
Second year Libero Matt Peck, second year outside Brayden Griffith and first year middle Spencer Roziere all had eight kills for the Rustlers. The Rustlers also got 17 digs from 2nd-year libero J.C. Funez and 24 assists from 2nd-year setter Jose Areliano. Areliano was also named Player of the Game for the Rustlers.
Saturday, the Rustlers struggles continued. The Rustlers struggled in the first and third sets, allowing the Huskies to do whatever they wanted. The Rustlers played well in the second set, but could not come out with a win. The Rustlers were led by Roziere with five kills, Peck with four kills and six digs, second year outside Cole Sutherland with10 assists. Player of the Game for the Rustlers was Matt Peck.
Rustlers Head Coach Taylor Dyer was disappointed with his team's performance.
"We played good enough to win the first set, but then ran out of gas. Saturday, we were competitive in the second set, but other than that we weren't good. It was probably the worst weekend of volleyball I have seen from this team this season".
The Rustlers will play their final games of the semester next weekend against the Augustana Vikings. The Rustlers will travel to Camrose on Friday before hosting the Vikings Saturday night at 8:00 pm.