Queens fall in five-set heartbreaker in ACAC Championship gold medal match

Queens fall in five-set heartbreaker in ACAC Championship gold medal match

Clippers 3 Queens 2

The RDC Queens threw all they could at the Briercrest College Clippers but didn’t quite have enough to beat them Saturday.

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Championship gold medal match in Medicine Hat lived up to the billing, as two of the top teams in Canadian Collegiate volleyball went shot-for-shot right down to the end.

Briercrest managed to just narrowly pull away, winning the fifth set 15-12 to take the ACAC title over the Queens, while RDC settled for silver.

There was almost no margin for error in the match, with the Queens winning the opening set 25-21 before the Clippers bounced back in two with a 25-20 win. RDC won set three 25-20, but the Clippers clawed back to win the fourth 25-23. In the fifth, the set was tied at 10 before the Clippers went on the run to win the game.

Queens outside hitter Tess Pearman was a force in the match with 18 kills on 53 attack attempts. Second-year Emma Holmes converted 13 kills on 36 attempts and also had 20 digs for RDC.

Ultimately, Clippers fifth-year outside hitter Rebecca Garner was the difference, burying a match-high 31 kills on 70 attempts in the victory. ACAC Player of the Year Ashley Erikson, the Clippers setter also had a huge match with 62 assists. Queens rookie Emma Letkeman had 39 assists in the loss.

Both teams will represent Alberta at Cégep Garneau in Quebec for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association 2020 Women’s Volleyball National Championship.

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