Kings and Queens post wins over Trojans
Kings 3 Trojans 1
CALGARY — If there was any doubt as to just how good the RDC Kings are this season they put that to rest this weekend.
The Kings completed a two-match sweep of the SAIT Trojans in Alberta Colleges Men’s Volleyball League play by downing the Trojans 18-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 at SAIT Saturday.
That, coupled with the Kings 3-2 win over the previously undefeated Trojans at RDC Friday, left the Kings alone in first place with a 14-0 record. The Briercrest Bible College Clippers moved into second place at 13-1 by sweeping a two-match series against Olds College. The Trojans are 12-2.
The Trojans, buoyed by a loud capacity crowd, jumped on the Kings in the first set, but it didn’t last. The Kings continued to do a good job of passing and were solid at the net, taking away any momentum the Trojans may have had.
“Neither team was as crisp as Friday, but it was a good team win,” said Kings head coach Aaron Schulha. “Overall it was a good weekend and put us in a good spot.”
Tim Finnigan, who transferred to RDC this year after two years at SAIT, was named player of the match for the second straight night, finishing with 13 kills, four digs, three stuff blocks and two aces.
The Kings finished with 15 stuff blocks.
Chris Osborn collecting four blocks to go with eight kills and three digs, and Trent Schmidt added three blocks. Braden O’Toole had eight kills, five digs and a block while Chris Jones had six kills, seven digs and a block.
Scott Lesher of Lacombe led SAIT with 12 kills while Red Deer native Darcee Froese added 11.
Queens 3 Trojans 0
The RDC Queens ran their record to 12-2 to remain in a second-place tie with Grant MacEwan, one game back of Lakeland, 13-1.
“We were able to run a good balanced attack for the second straight night,” said Queens heads coach Talbot Walton, whose squad beat SAIT 3-0 Friday.
“They served us tough again, especially in the last two sets, but we did a good job of running our offence, especially during long rallies. It was good to get the two wins and can now move forward.”
Sidney Ponto was player of the match with 11 kills and seven digs while Amber Adolf had nine kills and 11 digs, Karissa Kuhr seven kills and 10 digs and Shelby Bramall seven kills and four digs. Setter Kirsten Sorensen had 12 digs.
The Olds College women split a weekend twin bill with Briercrest.
The RDC Queens finished their first tournament ever with a solid 2-1-2 record.
Their only loss was 4-2 to undefeated Lakeland College Rustlers in their final game Sunday afternoon.
The Queens opened the tournament at Ambrose College in Calgary, with a 5-3 win over Medicine Hat Friday, then tied Keyano 1-1 and Olds 2-2 Saturday and downed Ambrose 6-1 Sunday morning.
Kristi Lem scored against Keyano while Adi Moyer had three goals and Tara Berger, Hallee Peter and Paula Dadensky one each against Ambrose. Teagan Donald and Shannon Middlemiss connected against Lakeland
“We played well considering it was our first time playing the game,” said Queens head coach Dave Colley. “We showed we have an extremely skillful team, we just have to learn a little more about the game. It’s new for us and while we did a good job we do need to work a bit on breaking down defences.”
The Kings finished with a 2-3 record after defeating Medicine Hat 7-5 Friday and Olds 5-3 Saturday. They lost 5-3 to Keyano Saturday and 5-4 to Ambrose and 6-2 to Lakeland Sunday.
Evan Foerster had two goals against Olds with Cale Jacobs, newcomer Alim Hirji and Chase Grenier adding single markers.
Haydn McLean, Hayden Slaymaker and Jacobs connected against Keyano while Hirji and Jacobs had single markers against Ambrose, who also had two own-goals against. Foerster and an own-goal accounted for the RDC scoring against defending league champion Lakeland.
“Lakeland is a very good team and showed we have work to do:” said Kings head coach Steve Fullarton. “But it was a good learning experience and we’ll be ready for the next tournament (Feb. 15 at Lakeland).”