EDMONTON — One thing the RDC Queens have this season is depth.
They needed all of that to pull out a 20-25, 20-25,. 25-17, 25-19, 15-9 victory over the NAIT Ooks in Alberta Colleges Women’s Volleyball League play at NAIT Saturday.
“We kept rotating players until we had a good feel for the group we had on the court and it worked out,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton, who used his complete 12-player roster.
In the end it was a pair of veteran power hitters — Brooke Sutter and Sidney Ponto — who played major roles in the victory.
Ponto finished with 15 kills, 17 digs, two stuff blocks and three aces while Sutter had 13 kills and 15 digs and was named player of the match.
Karissa Kuhr also had a strong game with 11 kills, 10 digs and a block while libero Maddi Quinn had 16 digs. Dani Van Alstyne had three blocks and Leanne Price two.
“We executed well enough once we got into a rhythm and we were able to pick up a couple of big points,” concluded Walton.
The Queens ran their record to 8-2, the same as NAIT. Lakeland leads with an 8-0 record while Grant MacEwan, who went into the weekend ranked No. 1 in the country, split with Briercrest and sits at 7-1.
Kings 3 Ooks 1
The Kings pulled out a 25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21 victory over the Ooks to finish the first half of the schedule at 10-0, but head coach Aaron Schulha was far from pleased.
“Not near good enough,” he said. “NAIT did play tougher than they did Friday (a 3-0 RDC win), but we have a lot of work to do. We’ll take the 10-0 record, but the last couple of weekends was a rude awakening for us. We have a month off and we need to get back to work.”
Chris Osborn was the RDC player of the match with 20 kills and seven digs while Tim Finnigan had 10 kills, eight digs, two blocks and an ace. Libero Pat McIntyre had 11 digs and Chris Jones three kills and eight digs.
l Olds College women had a good weekend beating Keyano 3-0 both Friday and Saturday.
The Olds men lost both days 3-0 to Keryano.