RDC Kings volleyball setter Tom Wass tips a ball past Briercrest Clippers player Caleb Schnitzer in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s volleyball play Friday at RDC. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/ Advocate Staff)

RDC Kings sweep Clippers, Queens lose in five sets

The RDC Kings just keep rolling in Alberta College Athletic Conference play.

They picked up another relatively smooth three-set sweep (25-15, 25-21, 26-24) and made it 10 straight wins with the victory over the Briercrest Clippers on Friday.

The only bump in the road came in the third set, with the Kings trailing 23-21 but they still managed to rally and win the set 26-24 thanks to some clutch serving.

Fifth-year Regan Fathers was big in the victory once again, with 18 kills and two crucial aces.

“He did a much better job, made some errors here and there but did a better job from the service line, not allowing himself to get frustrated there,” Kings head coach Aaron Schulha said.

“Also made some smart choices in terms of the attack piece. He’s going to make some errors with how much volume he gets.”

Kings Setter Tom Wass earned player of the game honours with 42 assists over three sets and Kings Schulha said it was one of his better games.

“Just in terms of spreading around the offence, player of the game was well deserved,” Schulha said.

“42 assists in three sets is quite a bit. He did a really good job in terms of mixing things. His connection with our outsides was significantly better than last weekend. Having Adam (Turlejski) as a legitimate threat in the middle is nice.”

The RDC Queens let one away against the Briercrest Clippers.

In a five-set battle, the Clippers outlasted RDC to win the match 3-2 (26-28, 25-20, 14-25, 25-23, 6-15).

Early in the match, the Queens had a chance to set the tone with an 18-11 lead but they let the Clippers back into the game. The visitors stole the opening set 28-26 and forced RDC to claw back all night.

“Should have won,” said Queens head coach Chris Wandler.

“We really had opportunities in that first set to really set the tone for the match. We just made it a lot more difficult on ourselves at times.”

After winning the second set, RDC lost the third but again showed resiliency by winning the fourth 25-23. Their inability to shut down Clippers’ hitters Mia Harder and Becky Garner cost the Queens a chance at a match victory in the fifth. Those two Clippers combined for 36 kills.

“We struggled in the third set to keep the momentum going that we developed in the first two. It was tough for us,” Wandler said.

“Tough for us is okay, as long as it goes as a learning piece moving forward and that’s a big thing for us in the last 1o matches. Keep on learning. Hopefully, all that pays through.”

Third-year Katrina Dawe was a consistent presence for the Queens with 13 kills and three aces. She was player of the match for RDC.

Both RDC Queens and Kings take on the Clippers Saturday afternoon at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

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