Rattlers Volleyball - Women Sweep; Men Earn Split at Olds

2019-20 Volleyball Action
2019-20 Volleyball Action

This past weekend (Nov. 22, 23, 2019), your Medicine Hat College (MHC) Rattlers travelled to Olds for a pair of games against the host Broncos.

In Friday's women's action:

Olds College Broncos women's volleyball team lost 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16) to the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in the Community Appreciation Night Friday, Nov. 22 at the Ralph Klein Centre.

The Broncos stepped out of the gates with a 6-1 lead, but Medicine Hat fought back forcing a Broncos timeout at 20-17 for Medicine Hat. The Broncos scored out of the timeout, but the teams exchanged points and the Broncos took a timeout at 24-20 for Medicine Hat. The Rattlers got an ace out of the timeout to win the set 25-20.

The Broncos stepped out to another lead to start the second set, this time a tighter 5-3 lead with Tabi Martin stepping up to serve. The teams exchange points until Searra Schoepfner got two monster kills to make the score 9-6. The teams exchanged points with Medicine Hat able to pull up to 16-15 for the Broncos, but no closer until the Broncos pulled ahead 22-19 and forced a Medicine Hat timeout. The Broncos scored out of the timeout to extend their lead before the Rattlers got the ball back. Tabi Martin had a powerful kill to extend the lead 24-20. The Broncos won the set 25-20.

The Broncos started the third set with a one point lead but Medicine Hat went on a run to take a 9-3 lead and forcing an Olds timeout. The Broncos fought back to make it 10-8 and the Rattlers decided to take a time out. The Broncos scored out of the timeout to cut deeper into the Rattlers lead. The Broncos took a 13-11 lead a few points later. The Rattlers responded with a run of their own to take a 16-15 lead but the Broncos battled back. Medicine Hat built an 18-16 lead forcing a Broncos timeout. The Broncos cut the lead to 20-19 for Medicine Hat, but the Rattlers responded to build up a 23-20 lead. A huge Broncos block brought the score to 23-22 and forced a Medicine Hat timeout. The Rattlers rattled off three points to take the set 25-22.

For the fourth time of the day, the Broncos jumped out to an early lead, but this time only a single point early. The Rattlers were able to take the momentum and take a 4-2 lead. The Broncos responded to take a 7-6 lead before Medicine Hat ended the Broncos run. The teams exchanged points with neither team taking more than a one point lead until the Rattlers took a 12-9 lead. Natalya Hauser came in at setter and the Broncos temporarily took back the momentum before the Rattlers took a 14-10 lead and forced an Olds timeout. The Rattlers scored another point out of the timeout before a Janeen Pellatt block brought Tabi Martin to the service line where she immediately served an ace to bring the score to 16-12. Medicine Hat went on a run to force an Olds timeout at 20-12 for the Rattlers. Janeen Pellatt had a high flying kill out of the timeout, and she then went to the service line and cut the MHC lead to 20-15, including a service ace of her own. A Keira Mackenzie block brought the score to 22-16 for MHC, but the Rattlers went on to win the set 25-16.

Player of the game for Medicine Hat was Brooke Christie with a game high 12 kills to go with 13 digs and two blocks and the Pit Barbecue Player of the Game for the Broncos was Janeen Pellat with six kills, a game high three aces and a game high three blocks.

Broncos held the advantage in blocks 12-7 while Medicine Hat held the advantage in kills 40-29, service aces 9-8 and digs 69-58. Both teams had 24 assists. Searra Schoepfner had a team high eight kills, Avery Gammel had a game high 16 assists and Francesca Sandini had a  team high 22 digs for Olds.

On Satrurday:

Olds College Broncos women's volleyball team lost 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-22) to the Medicine Hat College Rattlers Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Ralph Klein Centre.

The teams went back and forth for the majority of the first set until the score was tied 9-9. Rattlers started to pull away by taking a five point lead with the score at 15-10 and the Broncos took a time-out. After the time-out the Broncos fought back to close the gap through Avery Gammel, but the Rattlers held the lead and started to pull away further with a couple of kills from Karley Dieken. The Broncos called another timeout at 23-18 and then fought back to tie the set at 24-24 as Medicine Hat called their first timeout. Medicine Hat toook the first set 26-24.

The Rattlers had a strong beginning for the second set at 5-2 with their great defense and the Broncos not having an answer to some of their serves and hits. Eventually with the rotation bringing back some of their best hitters to the front line while playing some good passes the Broncos started to fight their way back into the game. They kept a two point deficit, but the Rattlers were relentless forcing the Broncos to take their first timeout of the set at 13-8 with the Broncos simply not being able to pass into the right positions. The teams then played sideout ball before Searra Schoepfner stepped up with a service ace to bring the score to 16-12. The Broncos won a long rally, where both teams had desperation digs to prolong the point to bring the score to 17-14. Medicine Hat responded to take a 20-16 lead. The teams continued with sideout ball. Searra Schoepfner had a monstrous kill that turned the momentum for the Broncos and they crept up to 21-19 lead for MHC. The Rattlers responded and forced a Broncos timeout at 23-19. Another Searra Schoepfner kill brought the score to 24-22, but the Rattlers took the set 25-22.

Medicine Hat jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead to start the third set. The Broncos gradually pulled closer, bringing the score to 8-4 before MHC responded and pulled ahead 11-4. The Broncos then went on a short run and brought the score to 11-7, highlighted by a Janeen Pellatt kill that MHC wasn't in position for. Searra Schoepfner had a nice block to bring the score to 13-10. Medicine Hat went on another run to bring the score to 17-11, before a Medicine Hat kill attempt went wide and gave the ball back to Olds. MHC took the ball back and forced a Broncos timeout at 18-12. The Broncos scored out of the timeout and went on a short run to bring the score to 18-14, but were forced to take another timeout at 21-14 for Medicine Hat. The teams played sideout ball until the Broncos went on a run to bring the score to 24-22 but that is as close as they would get, falling 25-22.

Player of the game for Medicine Hat was Amber Stigter with a game high 11 kills to go with 11 digs, a game high two blocks and a team high two services aces and the Pit Barbecue Player of the Game for the Broncos was Searra Schoepfner with a team high eight kills, to go with two aces and a team high two blocks.

Medicine Hat held the advantage in kills 39-26, assists 35-24, digs 69-68 amd blocks 7-4. Both teams had six service aces. Aver Gammel had a team high 18 assists, Tabitha Martin had a game high three service aces to go with 14 digs and Francesca Sandini had a game high 28 digs for Olds.

In Friday's men's action:

Olds College Broncos men's volleyball team lost a tightly contested match 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-21) to the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in the Community Appreciation Night Friday, Nov. 22 at the Ralph Klein Centre.

The teams went back and forth for the majority of the first set, with the Rattlers pulling ahead to a 22-19 lead, but the Broncos quickly tied it up 22-22 and forced a Rattlers timeout. The teams then exchanged points until Medicine Hat pulled ahead to take the set 26-24.

The second set played out much like the first to start with the Broncos holding a 10-9 lead before the Rattlers went on a bit of a run to take a 14-10 lead. The teams then exchanged points until Thundersky Walkingbear came up to serve and brought the Broncos to a 15-15 tie, including a nice kill by Ryzen Walkingbear. The Rattlers got the lead back before a fantastic Braden Bates kill tied the game again. The teams went back and forth with Medicine Hat holding a small lead. A Philip Sutherland block brought the score to 20-20. Ryzen Walkingbear served the Broncos to a 22-20 lead and forced a Rattlers timeout. Phillip Sutherland scored an ace to put the Broncos up 24-21 and force another MHC timeout. MHC came out of the timeout with a run of their own to take the set 26-24.

The third set the Rattlers jumped out to a 4-2 lead before the Broncos went on a run to take a 5-4 lead, including a monstrous block by Thundersky Walkingbear. The teams exchanged points until the Broncos pulled out to a 10-8 lead. The Rattlers responded taking 12-11 and 16-14 leads. The Rattlers built a 19-16 lead forcing an Olds timeout. The Broncos took another timeout at 21-17. The Rattlers took a 23-17 lead out f the timeout  

Player of the game for Medicine Hat was KeAndre Evans with eight kills, two aces and 11 digs and the Pit Barbecue Player of the Game for the Broncos was Thundersky Walkingbear with seven kills 11 digs and a game high three blocks.

Broncos held the advantage in digs 51-45 and blocks 8-5 while Medicine Hat held the advantage in kills 33-30, assists 30-29, and service aces 8-5. Lukas Dragicevic had a team high eight kills, Thomas Puglsey had a team high 18 assists, Ryzen  Walkingbear had a game high two service aces, Jesse Stoddart had a game high 18 digs and Braden Bates had a game high three blocks for Olds.

And on Saturday:

Olds College Broncos men's volleyball team won an epic 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 31-33, 16-14) match over the Medicine Hat College Rattlers Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Ralph Klein Centre. This was the first time that Olds defeated Medicine Hat since Olds College rejoined the ACAC in 2012-13 and also this third win of the year is the most wins that they have had in a season since that their re-entering the ACAC.

Medicine Hat jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the first set, largely off the serve of KeAndre Evans. The Broncos came back slightly to bring the score to 8-5 and then 9-7. River Thomas had a monster kill and then Medicine Hat extended their lead to 13-8 and then 15-9. The Broncos had a small comeback to make the score 15-13, highlighted by a River Thomas service ace and Lukas Dragicevic block. The teams continued to trade two points at a time, until Medicine Hat was able to have an extended run to make the score 19-14 and then 21-15. The Broncos then went on a short run before Medicine Hat brought the score back to 22-17. The teams played side out ball until the Rattlers took the set 25-20.

The Rattlers jumped out to a 2-1 lead to start the second set. The teams went back and forth with neither team able to take a substantial lead until Medicine Hat took a 6-3 lead. They were able to maintain a two to three point lead until the Broncos went on a run and tied the score 6-6. Neither team was able to take control of the game with the teams playing side out ball. The Rattlers went on a run to give them a 15-12 lead before the Broncos went on a run to bring the score to 15-14. Thomas Pugsley had a nice dump to bring the score to 17-15 for MHC. Lee Lappenbush served the Broncos into a 19-17 lead and forcing a Rattlers timeout after a Haiden Hurtig kill. Medicine Hat scored out of the timeout, but the Broncos were able to extend their lead to 22-20 with Haiden Hurtig up to serve. The teams then played sideout ball before Braden Bates got an ace to bring the score to 24-21. The Broncos took a timeout and a Thundersky Walkingbear kill brought them to a 25-22 win!

The Broncos stepped out to a 4-1 lead in the third set before Medicine Hat tied the score up 4-4. The teams then played sideout ball until Medicine Hat took a 9-7 lead. The Broncos responded back to tie the score 10-10. The teams went back and forth exchanging the lead until the Broncos took a 20-18 lead. They were able to maintain their two point lead even extending it to 22-19 and forcing a MHC timeout. The Rattlers brought the score to 22-21, forcing an Olds timeout. Medicine Hat scored out of the timeout to tie the game 22-22, but the Broncos immediately got the ball back and then put up a huge group block to take a 24-22 lead and force another MHC timeout. Medicine Hat scored out of the timeout, but then a long serve gave Olds a 25-23 win.

The Broncos jumped out to a 13-9 lead in the fourth set and forced a Medicine Hat timeout. Medicine Hat responded by chipping into the lead and taking a lead which they held until Olds tied the score 20-20 off the serving of Thomas Pugsley. The teams continued to trade points with Olds taking a 23-22 lead and forcing a Medicine Hat timeout. Olds held one point leads several times until Medicine Hat took a 28-27 lead and forced a Broncos timeout. The Broncos tied it up out of the timeout but KeAndre Evans responded again to give MHC the lead. The teams kept exchanging one point leads before MHC finally prevailed 33-31 to send the match to a fifth and deciding set.

The fifth set started out with the teams exchanging points and neither team taking more than a one point lead until a wall of a block gave Olds a 5-3 lead. A huge block helped Olds maintain their lead, but the teams continued to go back and forth. Olds had an 8-7 lead at the break. The teams continued to swap points, with Lukas Dragicevic setting up an amazing block to give Olds a 10-9 lead. He followed that up with another well timed block to give Olds an 11-9 lead. Medicine Hat called timeouts at 13-12 and 14-12 for Olds. Medicine Hat tied the score 14-14 but Olds struck back to win the set 16-14.

The win was the first over Medicine Hat in program history and the third win of the season also marks the highest win total in a season since Olds rejoined the ACAC in 2012-13.

Player of the game for Medicine Hat was Aleksa Zivic with 13 kills and a team high 15 digs and the Pit Barbecue Player of the Game for the Broncos was Thundersky Walkingbear with a team high 17 kills to go with 12 digs.

Broncos held the advantage in digs 75-65 and blocks 13-8 while Medicine Hat held the advantage in kills 57-49 and assists 53-45. Both teams had six service aces. Thomas Pugsley had a team high 40 assists, Jesse Stoddart had a game high 23 digs and River Thomas had a  game high six blocks for Olds.