Huskies Look To Build On ACAC Gold At Nationals

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Huskies Look To Build On ACAC Gold At Nationals

A season comes down to one final weekend for the Keyano Huskies men’s volleyball team.

The Huskies go for gold in Red Deer this week for the 2019 Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association Men’s Volleyball Championship.

Keyano comes in as ACAC Champions and the 2nd ranked team in the country.

Head Coach Keegan Kuhr tells Fort McMurray News they won’t get complacent despite their status in the national standings.

“You’re going in as quote-unquote as the better team because you won the division but that’s not the case that I am telling the guys. Everyone is here for a reason, these teams won games to get here and this Quebec team, the Griffons, they’ve got two junior national players on their team and they’re good. We have to be ready for them.”

The Huskies kick off their tournament Thursday against the Griffons de L’Outaouais out of the RSEQ.

ImageKeyano following their ACAC Championship win. Photo courtesy: Keyano Athletics

Kuhr says they expect a tough test in their opener.

“They played Limoilou really well. Limoilou has been one of the best teams in the country over the last few years so, I’ve just been hounding the boys on that and showing them the video and prepping them in practice. We definitely are not going to underestimate the Griffons. We’re going to give them the respect they deserve and be ready to play them.”

Last year, Keyano managed a podium finish with a bronze medal.

Kuhr feels in order to improve on that this year, they need to take the tournament one game, one set and one serve at a time.

“I know the Griffons will never stop fighting just like we’re not going to stop. We need the whistle to blow with the ball in our court and not theirs and that’s what we’re focused on. Not getting too ahead of ourselves and not worry about potential semifinals until we’re actually there.”

The Huskies are in action Thursday – with game time set for 3 p.m.

You can stream the game from the CCAA’s website.
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