Red Deer, AB – The RDC Queens showed poise against the tough Ambrose University Lions and earned a four set victory (25-16, 25-22, 16-25 and 32-30), picking up a pair of match victories over the weekend.
The opening set featured several impressive rallies and defensive plays from both teams. The Ambrose University Lions roared out to a 5-2 lead in the first set. Inspired by back-to-back service aces from McKenna Olson and kills from Jade Van Dyke on the left side, the Queens went on a 14-2 run (16-7) to take command. The Lions tried to claw back into contention with a 6-3 run of their own. That stretch consisted of a stuff block from Willow Lewington and kill from Jeena Johner which brought Ambrose within six (19-13). The RDC Queens kept the pressure on, sealing a 25-16 victory.
A pair of kills from Emma Holmes pushed RDC up by three (12-9) in the second. The Lions stood tall and knotted the set 13-13 with a right side point from Mikayla Beisal. Ambrose gained some momentum and went up 19-16 with strong net presence on the right but the Queens didn't give in. Strong defensive play from Queens' libero Kaylee Domoney helped RDC rally, and McKenna Olson finalized a 25-22 win.
Ambrose had a strong start to the third set. From the right, Ashleigh Wolensky provided the Lions an early four point margin (7-3) and the Ambrose offence picked up the pace. Willow Lewington continued her impactful play, helping the Lions park a 25-16 decision.
An ace from Madyson Kerr gave the Lions a 6-2 lead in the fourth. After back-and-forth play, Jade Van Dyke helped the RDC Queens reduced the gap to a single point (16-17). In a battle beyond 25 points, RDC's Erin Neufeldt capped off a 32-30 victory to take the match in four sets.
Emma Holmes was selected as the Queens Player-of-the-Game, stacking up 17 kills and 10 digs. Willow Lewington received the award for the Lions, totaling 9 kills, 6 stuff blocks and 4 digs.
With the match victory, the Queens (8-6) share third in the south with the Lions (8-6).