Clippers 3 Queens 1
On a day when the RDC Queens were not quite as sharp as usual, the Briercrest College Clippers showed how dangerous they can be.
After the Queens ended the Clippers 20-match undefeated streak Friday, the Clippers returned the favour Saturday, snapping the Queens 19-game win streak.
Briercrest won the grudge match in four sets (16-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-15) after the Queens played a strong opening set to start the day in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s volleyball play.
“We played really good in that first set and controlled the whole game. That was a match that we lost and they didn’t win. Our stats looked okay and we just didn’t help ourselves in certain situations,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton.
“We could have in the first three sets dictated the play the whole time and could have won those three. From a morale standpoint, we know we can play with that team and any given day we can beat them.”
The biggest difference was perhaps ACAC’s kills leader Rebecca Garner, who played a masterful match for the visitors. The fifth-year finished with a match-high 14 kills, five aces and two stuff blocks. Her powerful serve, especially in the fourth set became too much for the Queens to handle.
Tess Pearman and Emma Holmes led the way for the Queens with 11 kills, while middle Ali Greenshields chipped in eight in the loss. Rookie setter Emma Letkeman had 37 assists for RDC. Holmes was the RDC player of the game and Garner won the honour for the Clippers.
Walton said, aside from the fourth he viewed the match as a relatively even one but thinks that if the Queens want to beat the Clippers come playoff time, they might need to add another wrinkle or two in their game.
“From a coaching perspective, making sure we’re making the right decisions. I don’t think it was anything the athletes were doing. I think we had them prepared fairly well and I think we just need to find a few more things to get better at and that will take care of it,” Walton added.
The Queens will likely finish second in the ACAC South and will play the third seed in the ACAC North in the first game of provincials. They wrap up the regular season next weekend with a pair of games against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.