Women's Volleyball Sweeps the Broncos, Men Come up Short

Volleyball action against the Olds Broncos, Jan. 10, 2020.
Volleyball action against the Olds Broncos, Jan. 10, 2020.

In women's action:

The Olds College Broncos headed into the Snake Pit to take on the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in the first half of a weekend series. The 2-10 Broncos hoped to start the second half stronger than the first, and the home Rattlers hoped to build on a strong end to the first half of the season. The Rattlers started by opening up a quick 4-2 lead with the help of a Megan Hoeber ace. The Broncos battled back with 2 errors on serve receive from the home side before regaining the serve. From here they took 4 straight points to take a 9-4 lead. A Brooke Christie Block for the Rattlers added another point before the Broncos gained the serve. The teams traded side-outs as the set moved past the mid point. The Rattlers held on to a large lead up 15-10 but the Broncos would not give up, matching the Rattlers with side-outs. The Broncos took a timeout down 20-15 hoping to get a quick burst to tie the set late. Coming out of the break the Broncos came up with a well executed play in two straight to narrow the gap. After a net call on the Setter, the Rattlers took their first timeout only up 2. The Rattlers came out with a quick point to regain a bigger advantage. Olds answered with a quick point but quickly missed their serve to give the Rattlers back the ball who scored again taking a 24-19 lead. the Broncos were able to create a side out before a Sarah Singular Kill finished the first set with the Rattlers winning 25-20.

The Rattlers started off the second set with another quick two points to jump out to another good start. The were able to add one more before the broncos could answer putting their first point on the board. The Rattlers continued to build their lead, up 6-2 before either team was settled in. The Broncos woke up quick rattling off 4 straight to tie the second set at 6 before the Rattlers could respond. Quickly scoring again off a Dryden Gris Block, the Rattlers were able to re establish their advantage. Medicine Hat quickly padded their lead, up 12-6 in the blink of an eye the Rattlers had a hold on the set. This forced the visiting Broncos to burn an early timeout. Olds was able to force a side-out on the Rattlers who responded with 4 straight, going up 16-8. With a firm control from the home-side, the Broncos still played every point to the end and were able to start to slowly chip away at the Rattlers lead. Although they were able to score, the Rattlers continued to score at will and re established their lead up 21-13. This forced the Broncos to take their second timeout. The Rattlers continued to cruise in the second, taking it 25-14 and a 2 sets to 0 lead.

The third set started with the teams Trading Side-outs before the Rattlers again scored two straight gaining an early advantage again. This time the Broncos stayed within striking distance early until a Brooke Christie ace put the Rattlers up 8-4. They backed it up with a block for another quick point and a 5 point lead. Medicine Hat continued to score going up 11-4 creating a big hole for Olds to dig out of. With this they called a timeout to stem the bleeding, but Brooke Christie served another ace straight out of the break for another Rattler point. The Rattlers continued to put up points while the Broncos did their best to answer on occasion. The Rattlers opened the door slightly with a few errors but were quickly able to rite the ship and score again quickly. At 16-8, The Rattlers held a firm control of the game and started to bring in a few bench players to finish off the set. the Rattlers cruised to a 3 sets victory taking the final set 25-14

The ACAC Players of the game were Janeen Pellatt from Olds and Molly Marie from MHC

In men's action:

The Olds College Broncos headed into the Snake Pit to take on the Medicine Hat College Rattlers. Former Bronco and Rattler Tyler Olson was making his Head Coaching Debut in a match that featured both teams from his playing days. With both teams at 3-9 the weekend was an important determining factor for both teams going forward. The first set opened with both teams trading side-outs with both teams coming out scoring on scramble plays. The Rattlers from here took some control scoring the next two and jumping out to a 4-1 lead. Olds were able to start the side-outs again but the Rattlers once again gained control thanks to some great defense. Once Medicine Hat had jumped out to a 9-4 lead, the visiting Broncos took a timeout to try and stem the wound. They were able to score two quick coming out of the break before the Rattlers could once again respond. From here they responded quickly and got their lead back to 12-7 before again losing the serve. The Broncos continually tried to get their big players involved but were not always making the best sets in the process. In the middle of the set Olds started to chip away at the lead, but every time they got close the Rattlers had an answer. With the score 20-16, the Rattlers only needed to hold on and trade serves to take the first set. Medicine Hat was able to do just this and took the first set 25-19 taking the first set.

The Second set started again with both teams claiming a side-out right from the start. This play continued for the first 6 points of the set with both teams knotted at 3. The Broncos scored 2 straight and were able to take a 5-3 lead. Medicine Hat finally responded with a big defensive play blocking the Broncos attack. After tying the set at 6 and hemorrhaging 2 points again on errors, the Rattlers took a timeout down 8-6. The Rattlers were able to tie it at 8 coming out of the break before the Broncos again took the service advantage. Errors plagued the Rattlers in the second set which gave the Broncos opportunities to capitalize. The Broncos jumped out to a 13-9 lead again on some poor passing from the home side. The Broncos again extended their lead by playing mistake free through the middle part of the set. Medicine Hat took their second timeout down 19-12 in an effort to mount a late comeback in the second set. a Big kill looked to inject the gym with some energy but the Rattlers could not close the gap so late in the set. with the Broncos at 24 the Rattlers served 4 straight but it was too little too late as the Broncos took the set 25-20 evening the match at 1 each.

With the match tied at one set each the crucial 3rd set got started in the Rattler favor. Up 5-2 early, they seemed to play with the same intensity as the end of the set before. Olds however did not give up and quickly battled back into the game closing the gap to 2. The Rattlers were confused with a new rotation with a new coach and system and cost themselves a point early in the set. with the set at 8-6 the Broncos started to again chip away and were able to tie the set at 9. The Rattlers battled back in the lead taking the next two points, but still looked somewhat confused at where to be on the court. After complaining about out of rotation too many times, the Broncos were issued a yellow card. They used this as momentum and tied the set at 12 before the Rattlers could respond. The home side responded hard scoring 3 straight and forcing the Broncos to call timeout. The Rattlers added to their lead and brought it to 18-14 entering the later stages of the set. the Rattlers came out with a huge kill on a crazy Rally to bring their lead to 5. The Rattlers lead 20-15 late in the set and only needed to maintain side-outs to take the third set. Able to hang on the Rattlers took a 25-20 third set victory.

Again the first 8 points of the set were side-outs as neither team could gain any early advantage. The back and forth continued throughout the early part of the set with the broncos up 11-10 as the set entered the middle stages. The set continued as a back and forth affair with the score knotted at 17 as it approached the end. Neither team was able to gain any advantage and the set seemed to fly by. The Rattlers gained a tiny advantage holding serve at 20-20 to take a 21-20 lead. The Broncos scored 2 straight to take a 22-21 lead and hold the service advantage. The Rattlers took their first timeout in an effort to try and finish it in 4. An ace coming out of the break for the broncos gave them a critical 2 point cushion before the Rattlers could answer. The Broncos lead 24-22 and forced the Rattlers to take their final timeout. The Broncos took the last point and forced a 5th and final set.

The fifth and deciding set stared with the Rattlers forcing a quick side-out to take the first point. The Broncos responded right away with one of their own. This continued as the score slowly crawled up through the early stages of the set. the game remained tied at 6 as the teams neared the switch. The Rattlers held serve on a huge Dexter Mackie block and were up 8-7 at the switch. The Rattlers scored again right away and took a 9-7 lead, forcing Olds to take a timeout. The Broncos came out of the break with a quick kill and a Rattlers error saw the set tied at 9. Medicine Hat broke the tie again to hold a tiny advantage. The Broncos stole the advantage back thanks to some terrible Rattlers passing. Down 10-12 the Rattlers called a timeout in an effort to come back in the decisive set. Medicine Hat scored coming out of the break and narrowed the lead and tied the set at 12. With 2 fast points off Rattler errors, the Broncos earned a match point at 14-12 forcing the Rattlers to burn a timeout. Winning the next point the broncos bench tried to ice the server by calling their final timeout, up 14-13. The Rattlers tied the set at 14 before the Broncos earned the chance to serve for the win. They took the 5th set 16-14 and 3 sets to 2.

The ACAC Players of the game were Thundersky Walkingbear from Olds and Aleksa Zivic for MHC.