RDC Queens outside hitter Jade Van Dyke hits a ball past a pair of Lethbridge College Kodiaks blockers during ACAC play at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

RDC Queens volleyball keep rolling with 12th straight win

The RDC Queens were dominant for a second straight day to start 2020.

After sweeping the Lethbridge College Kodiaks Friday, they did the same Saturday with a three-set win (25-15, 25-21, 25-19) in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play.

The Queens found a different way to get the job done Saturday, picking up their 12th straight win in the process. With Emma Letkeman at setter, it was second-year Emma Holmes leading the attack, with Jade Van Dyke chipping in early after not playing Friday, as well as middle Sydney Rix.

That ability to develop depth has been fruitful for the Queens, as they’re able to come at opponents in waves and not have a specific hitter get keyed on. From night to night, different go-to options have emerged during the 12-match win streak.

“Went with a few different athletes, we’re still in that spot where some days someone is really quite good and the next day the other person is quite good. Trying to decide what that line is going to look like,” said Queens coach Talbot Walton.

“We were happy, Jade (Van Dyke) came in that first set and was really solid, scored a lot of points for us, gave us a good energy boost. Syd (Rix) played pretty solid throughout the entire match too, we did a good job of being ready in the middle to hit some balls and she scored on a couple of junk ones, made some nice plays around the net and served the ball well, too.”

Middle Ali Greenshields also added six kills, along with a pair of solo blocks. Mack Lewicki led the way for the Kodiaks with eight kills and Jamie Brown was the player of the game with seven.

Holmes led the Queens with 12 kills and was player of the game for her efforts. Her connection this season with Letkeman was been undeniable. Pearman also had another strong match, pitching in seven kills and two aces.

“The Emma-Emma connection has been pretty favourable all year, so if we ever need Emma Holmes to get going, Emma Letkeman is the setter we want,” Walton said.

“Tess and Kelly (Heinmann) have a very good connection. She put the ball in a good for Tess (Friday). I thought (Tess) had a good game (Saturday), she made some really good selections on shots to hit and when she jumps high and hits it hard, that blocker can’t handle it very often.”

Next weekend, the Queens host the Ambrose University Lions for a pair of games.

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