Women's Volleyball Earns First Two victories of the Season

Women's Volleyball Action vs SAIT Nov. 1, 2019
Women's Volleyball Action vs SAIT Nov. 1, 2019

On Friday night in Medicine Hat:

The SAIT Trojans headed south east down the number One highway to face off against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers. Both teams were struggling on the season and it looked to be an even match. The Rattlers however had other ideas. After trading the opening few points the Rattlers started to control and dictate the play. Some of this came off unforced errors from the visitors, but the Rattlers were able to finish more points. Jumping out to a 10-6 lead, the Rattlers held an early advantage. They continued with their lead up 20-12 until SAIT came screaming back into the first set. They came all the way back to trail by one 22-21, but the Rattlers scored the next two to retain their lead. The Trojans not to be put away battled back again and took a 24-23 lead and was serving for the game. The Rattlers scored to even it at 24. The Trojans were able to finish the comeback and take the first set 26-24.

The Trojans opened the second set with a quick point only to be answered right away from the Rattlers who scored back to back. After reeling off another 3 straight, the Rattlers gave the Trojans 2 before gaining control again. The Home side again jumped out to a lead up 11-6 early in the set. Up 15-10 the Rattlers only needed to control their errors to tie the match. They maintained a lead up 20-16 entering the late stages of the set. The Rattlers continued their control of the set and were up 24-17 with a chance to serve for the set. The Trojans fought it off for 3 points coming back to 20-24. The Rattlers scored right away and took the second set 25-20.

The third set started looking much like the first two, with the home side jumping out to a lead early. Up 10-5. The Rattlers again only needed to avoid unforced errors and continue to put away their attacks. Continuing to score at will the Rattlers took a 15-6 lead forcing SAIT to take a timeout. Out of the break it wasn't much better for the visitors as the Rattlers continued to pull away. Down by 9, the Trojans needed a comeback like the first. The Trojans started to chip away but not fast enough as the Rattlers led 20-13. The Trojans continued to score and reduced the lead to 21-16. The Rattlers continued to score when they needed and took the third set 25-18 taking a 2 sets to one lead.

The Rattlers opened up the third set with a quick point before the Trojans quickly tied it. The Rattlers were able to score 2 more before SAIT won back the serve. After another serving error from SAIT the score read 4-2 rattlers. Off a huge block from Brooke Christie and an Ace from Janessa Oelke the Rattlers found themselves with a lead yet again. Now 8-2 the home side hoped to continue the momentum and finish the match in 4. Now up 10-2 the Rattlers had a firm handle on the set in the early stages. From here the teams started to trade serves and points as the Rattlers lead 14-8. The Trojans had started to chip away but continued to be in an early hole. With a few big points the Rattlers regained their momentum and were able to increase the lead to 7. Up 18-11 the Rattlers only needed to avoid a collapse and they would take the match. The Rattlers cruised to a 3-1 set victory winning the last set 25-17

The ACAC Players of the game were Jordyn Shewchuk from SAIT and MHC Record Holder for kills, Amber Stigter.

On Saturday night in Calgary:

SAIT Trojans women's volleyball coach Art O'Dwyer is quick to remind that the season is a marathon, not a sprint. His Trojans fell to the Medicine Hat College Rattlers 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 17-15) in their Saturday night Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) contest played inside SAIT's Campus Centre. "Progress. I saw some progress today," he said after the game. "It wasn't the result we wanted, but it was a better battle by us. We'll take that as a positive." SAIT falls to 2-5 on the season, while Medicine Hat improves to 2-4. Much like Friday's 3-1 loss, SAIT found themselves up 1-0 after the first set. But, the Rattlers were able to come back and tie it in the second set. The teams traded wins in Sets 3 and 4 before sending the game to a fifth and final set. In that race to 15 points, the Rattlers got out to an early 6-2 lead. After switching sides down 8-4, O'Dwyer called a timeout that sparked his team. They were able to come back and tie the match at 13-13, and then take the lead 14-13, but could not close out the match. Medicine Hat, on the other hand, found a way to tie it up and then close out the match 17-15

Jadyn Leong was the player game for the Trojans, recording 23 kills and seven digs. Amber Stigter was the player of the game for the Rattlers with 13 kills and 13 digs.