Second-year outside hitter J.J. Graham hits a ball past a pair of Olds College Broncos blockers on Friday in ACAC action at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Second-year outside hitter J.J. Graham hits a ball past a pair of Olds College Broncos blockers on Friday in ACAC action at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

RDC Kings volleyball cruise past Olds College Broncos

Kings 3 Broncos 0

The RDC Kings won their fourth straight match with ease on home court Friday.

RDC rolled to a three-set sweep (25-14, 25-19, 25-17) over the Olds College Broncos in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference volleyball play.

“I think we were just a lot more consistent. Our reception was good and I thought we did a good job moving it around. Our side out game was pretty good which allowed us to score some points off serving,” said Kings interim head coach Kieth Hansen.

The Kings got some key contributions from veteran fourth-year outside hitter Ben Holmes, who had been out of action before this weekend since Oct. 26.

Holmes, a Red Deer product pitched in seven kills on 12 attempts, five service aces and was a steadying presence all weekend for RDC.

“Ben stabilizes our lineup. He’s a vet, it’s his fourth year and he understands the game really well,” Hansen said.

Olds College was also missing their go-to attacker, Thundersky Walkingbear, a second-year outside hitter who has provided the majority of the Broncos offence this season.

“They’ve got a pretty key injury, he has been hitting just about fifty per cent of the balls for them. I think they were missing him a little bit on some of the transition balls,” Hansen said.

Ryzen Walkingbear had a big night for the Broncos, leading the way with eight kills on 18 attempts.

Second-year J.J. Graham also had a big day for the Kings, finishing with a team-high eight kills. He was player of the game for his efforts.

Some first-year players stepped up for RDC as well, as first-year middle Dillon Gauci had seven kills and outsider hitter Carter Hills had six kills.

“He’s doing well. We’re getting some battles going with guys. You want to have that competition between players, that positive competitive. We’re starting to get that going and that will make us better in the long wrong,” Hansen added.

Next up for the Kings is a doubleheader on the road against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.

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