Red Deer College Kings volleball team rebounds after loss, Queens keep playoff fates in own hands

Kings 3 Rattlers 2

MEDICINE HAT — The RDC Kings are ranked among the premier college volleyball teams in the country for a reason.

They simply are not a team to hang their heads and mope over a loss.

After a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Medicine Hat Rattlers Friday, the Kings defeated the Rattlers 20-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13 in Alberta Colleges Men’s Volleyball league play Saturday afternoon.

“There were fewer unforced errors this afternoon, excluding the third set,” said Kings head coach Aaron Schulha. “We did a better job with our service pressure and our passing was more consistent against a tough serving team.”

Ty Moorman was named the RDC player of the match, finishing with 10 kills, two digs and four blocks.

“Ty took over the match late,” said Schulha.

Regan Fathers had a solid game with 19 kills, two aces, 12 digs and three blocks while Matt Lofgren had seven kills, two aces, eight digs and two blocks. Setter Luke Brisbane finished with two kills, 40 assists, 11 digs and a block while Tristen Dexter came in and had three kills, 12 digs and two blocks. Daimyn Biletsky had seven kills, three digs and two blocks and libero Michael Sumner had 16 digs.

Queens 3 Rattlers 0

The RDC Queens received some help from the SAIT Trojans and now have their fate in their own hands.

The Queens defeated the Rattlers 25-20, 28-26, 29-27 to sit at 19-3 and host the first-place Briercrest Bible College Clippers Friday and Saturday. The Clippers lost 3-1 to SAIT Saturday and have a 20-2 record.

The Queens had to battle Saturday, which was fine with head coach Chris Wandler.

“I liked that it was tough for us today. It showed that we are a very resilient group, sticking to our process and what we do well,” he said. “I like the fact that we know we can win matches in a variety of ways.

“Today was about patience and maintaining our composure. They will be good things to have heading into an important weekend.”

Megan Schmidt was the RDC player of the match with nine kills and one block while Miranda Dawe had 13 kills, two aces, 14 digs and one block,. Setter Ashley Fehr had 36 assists, three digs, one kill and one block while McKenna Barthel finished with nine kills, two assists, an ace, six digs and five blocks.

Brittney Davis made her return from an injury, and finished with seven kills and six digs while libero Lauren Marshall had 14 digs.

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