The Great Plains College SunDogs men’s volleyball team beat the Millar Edge in straight sets (25-23, 25-14, 25-22) Wednesday, improving to 7-0 in Prairie Athletic Conference play this year and claiming the program’s first-ever Battle of the Southwest title.
The annual challenge for the Southwest Cup between Great Plains and Millar had been played as an exhibition contest for the past five years, the Edge going undefeated in that time. This year it was incorporated into the existing PAC schedule and the SunDogs picked up right where they left off after beating the Kelsey Amaruks in back-to-back matches last weekend.
Millar kept it close but in the end was unable to withstand the repeated attacks from Tyson Dyck or consistently find holes in the strong defence provided by Colten Siemens, Dallin Martin, and others.
In women’s action Wednesday the SunDogs played their best volleyball of the season but saw their first win fall just out of reach, losing to Millar in four sets (22-25, 25-19, 26-24, 29-27). The SunDogs had been seeking their second Southwest Cup in three years after winning it for the first time in 2009.
The final set saw the SunDogs rally from a 23-24 deficit to take a 27-26 lead. But needing just one point to set up a fifth and deciding game, the SunDogs lost the next three points giving Millar the win.
The next league action for both teams comes Friday and Saturday when they travel to Prince Albert for back-to-back matches with the Woodland Wild. The SunDogs will close out their regular seasons next Wednesday in Moose Jaw against the Palliser Panthers.