RDC comes away with sweep of Kodiaks
Queens 3 Kodiaks 0
Amber Adolf was a perfect fit for the RDC Queens volleyball squad this season.
The 18-year-old native of Trochu has been able to help fill the void with the loss of power hitter Makenzie Quinn, who is with the Mount Royal University Cougars this season.
Adolf is quickly getting comfortable and Saturday afternoon was at the top of her game with 12 kills and 14 digs as the Queens beat the Lethbridge College Kodiaks 25-13, 25-18, 25-17 in Alberta Colleges Women’s Volleyball League action at RDC.
“It’s a big change from club and high school, but I’m getting used to it,” she said. “The speed of the game is the big difference as I wasn’t used to the fast balls. Plus the number of older players. I’m used to being with players my own age, but I’m up against players who are 25 and some in their fourth and fifth year. It’s different, but also fun going against them and knowing you can play with them.”
Adolf learned the game in Trochu, but also has been involved in club volleyball since Grade 8.
“I played club for two years in Three Hills in division II and then decided to come to Red Deer,” she explained.
Adolf played middle until she arrived in Red Deer, where she was converted to the outside.
“Once I moved to the outside I had to work on my passing and defence,” she said. “I didn’t play back row while in the middle. It’s a big change, but I feel a lot more comfortable with it now.”
She’s also feeling more comfortable hitting the ball against bigger blocks at the college level. She spends a good deal of time talking with veteran power hitter Brooke Sutter.
“Brooke and I talk a lot about the plays and what’s coming and what to do in certain situations,” said Adolf. “We definitely work well together.”
Sutter was also on top of her game Saturday with 13 kills and 13 digs and one stuff block.
The Queens were especially sharp Saturday compared to Friday when they won 3-1.
“Today was one of those matches you’re hoping for as coaches,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton. “We made good decisions, controlled the ball on serve receive and defence, which allowed us to run the offence like we planned.”
Setter Kirsten Sorensen was able to get everyone involved. Plus the RDC middles — Leanne Price and Dani VanAlstyne — were sharp.
VanAlsthyne had seven kills, a block and five digs while Price had four kills, three blocks and five digs.
“Our middles did a great job of getting hand penetration at the net and making good decisions. They were patient and identified when they (Kodiaks) were going to the middle,” said Walton.
Kings 3 Kodiaks 1
The Kodiaks were a lot sharper than they were in a 3-0 loss to RDC Friday.
“We knew they’d be better, but we prepared for that and except for a few points we let get away in the second set we played well enough to get it done,” said Kings head coach Aaron Schulha following a 25-20, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19 victory.
“One of the things the Kodiaks did better was serve.
“Their No. 9 (Hakon Ostrem of Norway) was ripping the serve and we made a few adjustments and treated it like we were on defence and did a good job of getting the ball up to Sam (setter Sam Brisbane).”
Brisbane was once again outstanding, moving the ball around on offence.
Tim Finnigan finished with 15 kills and 12 digs while Chris Osborn had 12 kills and nine digs, Chris Jones 10 kills and 11 digs. Brisbane had three hills, three blocks and five digs.
“Sam was good all weekend and his blocks early against No. 9 really boosted our momentum,” concluded Schulha.
RDC teams face the University of Alberta, Augustana in a home-and-home next weekend — Friday in Camrose and Saturday at RDC. The women go at 6 p.m. with the men to follow.
l Olds College lost both matches at Lakeland College Saturday — 3-2 in women’s play and 3-0 in men’s action.