Red Deer, AB – Powered by 17 kills from right side hitter Emma Holmes, the RDC Queens downed the SAIT Trojans in four sets (25-18, 23-25, 25-23 and 25-10) at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
The Queens applied service pressure early. With a pair of aces from Red Deer's Emma Holmes and singles from Alexandria Greenshields and Emma Letkeman, the home team broke open to a 13-5 lead. The visitors eventually reduced that gap. A pair of kills from both Irina Korovina and Jadyn Leong brought the Trojans within five (16-21), but they couldn't draw even. Eventually a point from Queens' right side hitter Emma Holmes salted away a 25-18 victory.
After a 9-2 RDC run to begin the second set, SAIT clawed back. Contributions from Linnea Brickwood and Jadyn Leong pushed the Trojans up by three (19-16). The teams traded sideouts and SAIT finalized a 25-23 decision.
Two consecutive aces from Jordyn Shewchuk helped provide SAIT a 6-0 cushion to commence the third set. Queens Head Coach Talbot Walton made a couple substitutions which included middle McKenna Olson into the match, and she provided a spark. The fourth-year Bachelor of Science Nursing student quickly recorded a kill, dig, ace and stuff block to knot the set 15-15. Not much separated the two squads the remainder of the way and Sydney Rix's kill from the middle sealed a 25-23 Queens' win.
RDC held a seven point advantage (15-8) for over half of the fourth set. Strong serving from Sydney Rix (two aces) along with kills from Jade Van Dyke and Erin Neufeldt helped cap off a 25-10 victory, taking the match in four sets. The victory was the Queens' ninth in a row.
Emma Holmes was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game. The second-year Bachelor of Kinesiology student stacked up 17 kills, three aces, two digs and one stuff block.
Irina Korovina received the award for the Trojans, totaling eight kills, six digs, two assists and one ace.
The RDC Queens (9-2) will challenge the Trojans (2-9) in Calgary on Saturday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m.