George Brown volleyball finished the weekend in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, following up a sweep of Algonquin with a split against La Cite.
The women's team (5-7, 6th east) submitted a comeback of the year entry, racing back from down 2-0 to defeat La Cite 3-2 (19-25, 13-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-10) and earn their third straight victory, leapfrogging the Coyotes in the tight east division standings in the process.
Playing their second game in as many days, the home side came out slow and quickly fell behind a couple of sets to a hungry La Cite team. Heading into the third, it appeared as though George Brown's win streak would be short-lived, and then the Huskies flipped the script.
A rejuvenated attack, spearheaded by Beatriz Vilches, Julia Myrda and Tiana Samuel gained the momentum as the Huskies earned a decisive 25-16 victory. The fourth set was a real test of George Brown's mettle, with a tight score which went down to the wire. Vilches came up big with a few decisive plays at the net, while setter Jasmin Walia did an expert job of setting the Huskies attackers up. 25-22 read the final score, and all of a sudden George Brown was headed to a fifth and deciding set.
The Huskies took control early and didn't look back, scoring the final four points of the match in earning the 15-10 set victory. It's a particularly important victory as the Huskies moved ahead of both the Coyotes and Lancers in an extremely tight playoff race, one that could have major playoff implications come season's end.
The men's team (7-5, 5th east) dropped an incredibly close 3-2 (25-23, 28-26, 13-25, 20-25, 13-15) decision. After jumping out 2-0, the Huskies were simply unable to put a resilient Coyotes side away.
Vivek Mathimakki led the charge offensively yet again, totalling 15 kills and three blocks in his second impressive performance in as many days.
It was a well-balanced attack for the Huskies as Perry Kumi, John Luu, Nick Baker-Bell and Yuseph Jackman all finished with at least five kills on the afternoon. Luu was particularly impressive in the early going.
Pradeep Bhogal had 30 assists from the setter position.
The Huskies volleyball teams are next in action on Saturday, January 19 when they pay Canadore a visit.