Queens 3 Rattlers 0
The RDC Queens looked a little nervous in the early portion of their Alberta Colleges Women’s Volleyball League season opener at RDC Friday.
But a definite advantage in experience eventually showed as they downed the Medicine Hat Rattlers 25-17, 25-12, 25-19.
“We talked about being excited about opening the season and play that way and that may have created a few more nerves, but it was still good to get them out of the way early on,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton. “We also played Medicine Hat three weeks ago in Cranbrook and while the scores were similar they have changed a bit and they came out tonight, got a couple of serves in off the net, then won a long rally which seemed to rattle us a bit.
“It took us a while to slow down and trust what we were seeing and once we did that we were fine.”
The score was 15-15 in the first set before the Queens, led by star power hitters Brooke Sutter and Amber Adolf, started to take control.
Setter Bronwyn Hawkes, who took over for Kirsten Sorensen this season, was making her first start at home and was named the RDC player of the match.
She too was a bit nervous, but settled down as the match wore on,.
“She’s working through a few things as a starter, things she realizes she has to do and we expect her to do,” said Walton. “And she did a good job and showed why we trust her. By the third set she was putting the ball in the right spot.”
Hawkes also finished with eight digs. Adolf led the Queens with nine kills despite not playing the third set. Sutter, who came out late in the second set, had six kills, five digs, a stuff block and an ace. Leah Koot, who came in in the third set had six kills. Libero Maddi Quinn had 11 digs.
Lacombe native and libero Beth Fodor led the Rattlers with 13 digs.
Walton was able to use his bench in the final set, which will be important down the road, he said.
“They need to see game action to believe it. Those opportunities are vital for them so they learn the systems and will be that much more comfortable when they return after Christmas.”
Kings 3 Rattlers 0
The defending league champion Kings didn’t look as smooth as head coach Aaron Schulha would have liked, but they still managed to pull out a 25-20, 25-16, 27-25 victory over the Rattlers.
“It was sloppy at times, but give Medicine Hat credit, they’re a scrappy team and despite being undermanned played with a lot of fire and passion,” said Schulha. “I expect more of the same tomorrow and we’ll have to show up for sure.”
Chris Osborn led the Kings with nine kills, two aces, six digs and three blocks while Tim Finnigan had eight kills, six digs and three blocks.
The Queens open action at 1 p.m. today with the men to follow.