EDMONTON — It certainly wasn’t the way the RDC volleyball teams wanted to finish the regular season, as they both lost to the Grant MacEwan University Griffins Saturday.
For the Kings, who wrapped up first place with a 3-1 win over the Griffins at RDC Friday, it was their first loss of the season.
“It was an unmotivated performance,” said Kings head coach Aaron Schulha, following the 15-25, 25-27, 25-10, 22-25 loss.
“It was unfortunate to see at this time of the season, but we were outplayed . . . it was an ugly match.”
However, Schulha hopes that wakes everyone up as they have two weeks to prepare for the ACAC finals, set for Feb. 21-23 at RDC.
“We talked all year about winning but not playing that great, not being at our best,” he said. “Maybe this gets everyone going.”
Chris Jones led the Kings with 12 kills, three aces, 11 digs and an stuff block while Chris Osborn was the RDC player of the match with 11 kills and four blocks. Braden O’Toole added eight kills and five digs and Tim Finnigan six kills and five digs.
Meanwhile the Queens couldn’t finish what they started and dropped a 26-28, 19-25, 24-26 decision to the Griffins.
“We had a little bad luck in the first set where they got two key points on balls that hit the tape and rolled over for points,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton.
“And in the third set we were up 22-20 but didn’t make the digs when we had to and finish it off.
“On the other side they played well and made the digs on us.”
The loss left the Queens in a three-way tie with GMU and Grande Prairie for first place at 15-3.
“They will determine the tie-breaker this week,” said Walton, whose squad will attend the ACAC finals, Feb. 21-23 in Grande Prairie.
Karissa Kuhr was the RDC player of the match with nine kills and 20 digs while Shelby Bramall added nine kills, two digs and three stuff blocks. Amber Adolf had eight kills and seven digs and Brooke Sutter six kills and 20 digs.