Kings and Queens volleyball earn two wins to start 2019

The RDC Queens are working their way towards a playoff spot.

They started 2019 off on the right foot, with a three-set sweep (25-15, 27-25, 25-22) over the Ambrose University Lions Friday. They made it back-to-back victories over the Lions with a thrilling three sets to one win (25-16, 25-22, 16-25, 32-20) on home court Saturday.

With the win, the Queens are 8-6 on the season and sit tied with Ambrose for third in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference south division.

The Queens are on a roll, with a 7-3 record in their last 10 matches.

Rookie Emma Holmes was a critical factor in the victory Saturday, with a match-high 17 kills. Fourth-year outside hitter Jade Van Dyke also had a stellar performance with 14 kills.

In the victory over the Lions Friday, Van Dyke had a strong night with a game-high 11 kills. The Queens also had six service aces in the win. Liberio Kaylee Domoney also had 29 digs in that contest.

On the Men’s side, RDC also earned a three-set sweep (25-22, 25-18, 25-19) Friday over the Lions. Fifth-year outside hitter Regan Fathers had a strong game with 12 kills, while Red Deer product J.J. Graham had six kills.

They earned their second straight sweep Saturday at home topping the Lions easily (25-14, 25-17, 25-16). Fathers was his usual steady self, with 14 kills and four aces to lead the way for RDC. Tristan Simmonds also had a big game with 10 kills.

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