Queens beat traffic and MRU

Rush hour traffic may have delayed their arrival and thrown their preparations off, but the RDC Queens volleyball team still managed to take out the Mount Royal University Cougars 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-23) on Friday in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference action.

Queens 3 Cougars 1

CALGARY — Rush hour traffic may have delayed their arrival and thrown their preparations off, but the RDC Queens volleyball team still managed to take out the Mount Royal University Cougars 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-23) on Friday in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference action.

The traffic problems led to a slow start for the Queens but they bounced back after dropping the first set to win the next three convincingly.

“I thought we were ready to go, but we were a little tentative and lacked that routine part at the start of the first game and it killed a lot of confidence and we just didn’t have it all together in that first set,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton. “We rebounded really well. We really turned it on with our serving and put them on their heels and then we just relied on our defence to make digs.”

Jessica Clutton led the Queens with 17 kills while Katie Graves had 13. Tarah Truant had a game high 20 defensive digs for RDC.

It was an impressive win in a raucous gym.

“I’m just happy we were able to go into Mount Royal — they had a big crowd there for alumni weekend — and we were able to win,” said Walton. “Anytime we are able to go in there and get a win, it’s a big compliment to our skill level.”

The two teams play again tonight at Red Deer College at 6 p.m. with the men to follow.

Cougars 3 Queens 0

CALGARY — The RDC Kings didn’t fair as well quite as well as the Queens did at MRU, dropping a 3-0 (28-26, 30-28, 25-18) decision to the Cougars on Friday in men’s ACAC volleyball action.

“The first two sets could have gone either way,” said Kings head coach Aaron Schulha, who was pretty happy with the effort he got from his team. “We came out a little slow in the third set and allowed them to continue their momentum.”

Mitch Irvine led the Kings with 18 kills with Taylor Hunt chipping in with 12.

Trojans 4 Queens 2

CALGARY — The RDC Queens didn’t make many mistakes on Friday, but when they did it ended up in the back of their net as the SAIT Trojans beat the Queens 4-2 in ACAC women’s hockey action.

The Trojans were led by Red Deer Sutter Fund Chief graduate Rylee Scott who opened the scoring and potted the winner while the Abt sisters — Jessica and Megan — did the damage for RDC.

SAIT took a 3-2 lead into the third period, but made put the game away when the Queens took three straight penalties, finally converting the last one into a power play goal.

Kaitlyn Chapman made 16 saves on 20 shots in the RDC net while Kendra Chisholm made 21 saves for the win.

“We played a good game, it’s just the errors we did make SAIT capitalized on,” said Queens head coach Rob Weddell. “We know exactly what the errors were and we have to reduce those errors.”

The Queens are off until Thursday when they host the Grant MacEwan Griffins at 7 p.m.

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