Day two of the matchup between Briercrest College and the Ambrose Lions saw an evenly matched start with Briercrest controlling the pace of the game through a varied offense. Briercrest middles Mikayla Benterud and Faith Buhler got a number of hits early in the first set, forcing Ambrose middles to respect them and not cheat to the outside.
Ambrose made a number of amazing saves in the middle of long rallies but unfortunately struggled to finish them and earn the point. The focus on the serve-pass game that Lions coach Colin Kubinec mentioned following last night's game meant Ambrose was there as Ambrose served tough throughout the match. However, unfortunately for them, Briercrest was still passing very well in the first two sets and able to run a strong offense.
It wasn't until the third set that Ambrose was able to win the serve-pass battle and consistently put Briercrest out of system. The Lions used this growing momentum to edge ahead in the score right up to 24-22. A missed serve for Ambrose following a Briercrest time out gave Briercrest all they needed to squeak back into the game as it went back and forth point for point until they won the third set at 27-25.
It wasn't the weekend that head coach Colin Kubinec would have liked, he mentioned after the game that he is proud of how his team competed this weekend and it was a combination of a lot of little mistakes that cost them this afternoon. "I have mixed emotions about today and this weekend. Briercrest is a good team and we always really enjoy playing them and they have a very experienced team with a number of very strong 5th year players and so to play them always excites our team and we usually play better against them. Overall proud of our team and grateful to get tested a little bit more in these first couple weeks of the season. We have lots to get back to the drawing board to keep getting better."
Players of the game were Becky Garner (Briercrest) and Julia Kemper (Lions).