January 10, 2019 - The Lethbridge College Kodiaks were back in action for the first time after the winter break competing against their rival team the Medicine Hat Rattlers.
Both teams came out strong at the beginning of the match making for an exciting first set. Megan Hoeber of Medicine Hat was an offensive force for the Rattlers as she managed to get five kills in set one while Mackenzie Lewicki of Lethbridge College offset Hoeber's offensive efforts by acquiring six defensive digs.
It was a very tight first set but the Kodiaks were able to take the lead by two, earning them the victory in set one with a score of 26-24.
As the match continued into set two, the Kodiaks demonstrated a driven intensity on and off the court. The level of play matched the energy that the Kodiaks had, placing pressure on the Rattlers. The Rattlers managed to maintain their composure in the set through the use of two strategically called time-outs.
While the Kodiaks remained completely dialed in from start to finish, the Rattlers pushed hard gaining them the defeat in set two with a score of 25-22. Laura Serafini managed to make four kills but it wasn't enough against Amber Stigter who picked up five digs in set two.
Despite the tough second set, the Kodiaks persisted with their boisterous spirit as they came into the third set. Their rowdy emotion mixed with their concentration of the game proved to be effective as they won the third set with a score of 25-17.
Carley Donoff led her team in this set with four kills while Jamie Brown managed to obtain three. This was especially impressive for Brown as she is the Kodiaks primary setter.
Moving into set four the Rattlers recovered from the previous set with a score of 25-19. In this strong offensive set for Medicine Hat, Janelle Neyron managed to put away seven monstrous kills while Amber Stigter earned herself four, forcing the Kodiaks into a fifth set.
After an incredibly exciting match that had the fans on the edges of their seats, the Kodiaks fell short in set five against the Rattlers. Medicine Hat upset Lethbridge 15-7 after a long hard fought battle Thursday evening.
With this loss the Kodiaks fall to 2-11 in the season, while the Rattlers advance to 8-7. Both teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon in Medicine Hat as they cap off a home-and-home series with the Kodiaks seeking redemption.
Players of The Game:
Rattlers- #06 Janelle Neyron
Kodiaks- #01 Andie Curran