Red Deer, AB – Backed by a game high nine kills from Queens outside hitter Tess Pearman, RDC downed the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in three sets (25-16, 25-17 and 25-12).
Lethbridge College's Mack Lewicki was going in the early stages of the first set. The third-year left side hitter kept it even (10-10) with three kills. Then the home team gained some traction. Along with a trio of kills from Red Deer's Emma Holmes, strong net play helped the Queens pull away. Middle McKenna Olson had three of RDC's five stuff blocks and the Queens earned a 25-16 decision.
Saskatoon's McKenna Olson applied service pressure to begin the second set. With five consecutive serves, the Queens jumped ahead 6-1. The Kodiaks' Morgan Bullerwell recorded a pair of kills, trying to keep the set within striking distance, but Tess Pearman had other ideas. Pearman, a Bachelor of Education Elementary student, fired five kills in the second set alone, while hitting for 0.636 percent efficiency over both sets. RDC wrapped up a 25-17 victory.
After a quick start by the Queens in the third set (7-1), Claire Armstrong helped Lethbridge College chip away at the deficit (4-8) with a kill, her second of the match. From the left, Erin Neufeldt, a Bachelor of Science Nursing student, helped the home side go up by 11 (18-7). The RDC Queens continued to apply pressure and sealed a 25-12 win, taking the match in three sets.
Ponoka's Tess Pearman was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game, accumulating nine kills, four service aces, three digs and one stuff.
Jamie Brown received the award for the Kodiaks. She totaled 19 assists, three aces, two kills, two digs and one stuff block.
On Saturday, Jan. 11, the Queens (11-2) and Kodiaks (2-11) will hit the RDC court in a rematch at 1:00 pm.