Trojans Complete Weekend Split over the Rattlers

Volleyball action Jan. 18, 2020
Volleyball action Jan. 18, 2020

On Friday in Calgary:

After talk of how much better they have been playing as of late, the SAIT Trojans women's volleyball team were finally rewarded for their efforts. The Trojans ended an 11-game losing streak Friday night, beating the visiting Medicine Hat College Rattlers 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-21) in their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) contest played at SAIT's Campus Centre. "It's been a long haul, and these kids have been working hard. It's nice to get something tangible for them," said Trojans head coach Art O'Dwyer. "It gets a little old hearing me say, 'You're getting better.'" SAIT moves to 3-14 on the season, while the Rattlers fall to 8-7. Aiding the Trojans in their victory was a new look, and faster, offence. After winning Set 1 25-17, the home side raced through the second set to take another 25-17 decision. "We've been working on being faster and adding more back row," O'Dwyer added. "The idea is it makes us a little tougher to deal with."

The Trojans were led by Jadyn Leong (3rd year, Calgary, Business Administration), who recorded 16 kills, 14 digs and two blocks. Teammate Irina Korovina (2nd year, Calgary, Business Administration) added nine kills and five service aces.

Brooke Christie paced the Rattlers with a team-high six kills.

On Saturday in the Snake Pit:

The SAIT Trojans headed south to visit the Medicine Hat College Rattlers for the second half of a home and home. The Trojans won in 3 sets the night before so the Rattlers hoped to return the favor at home. Medicine Hat Opened up with 2 quick points and went up 2-0 quickly. SAIT responded to even up the first set at 3. From here the teams started to trade side-outs as the score slowly worked its way up. The score remained knotted at 9 as the set moved into the middle portion. As the teams both hit 13 points, neither team had really stolen any momentum or built any kind of lead. The Trojans opened up a 2-point lead at 19-17 and held an advantage late in the first set. The teams traded side-outs as the score worked its way close to the end. The Trojans went up 23-20 late and forced the Rattlers to take a timeout. The Trojans came out of the break with an ace and a chance to serve for the set. SAIT took the first set 25-20 with a final ace.

The second set started with the Rattlers scoring 3 straight with the help of a Tamara Barth Ace. The Home side continued to add to their lead, going up 5-1 early. they added another point on a long rally due to a Trojans error. The teams traded side-outs and the Rattlers were ahead 9-2 after another ace. The Rattlers had built a solid cushion and looked to take advantage of the early lead. with the score 14-5 Rattlers, the Trojans took a timeout. Out of the break the Rattlers scored again twice quickly to increase the lead to double digits. The Trojans went on a bit of a run and was able to chip away at the Rattlers lead, but only a little as the Rattlers still doubled the Trojans 18-9. SAIT scored the next 2 and the Rattlers responded with 2 of their own. With the Rattlers lead back to 10, 21-11, the Trojans took their second timeout of the set. the Rattlers Cruised through the end of the second set and won 25-12 evening the match at one set each.

The teams opened up the third set with a back and forth exchange for the first 2 points. Medicine Hat scored 3 to open a 5-2 lead before SAIT responded. From here Medicine Hat extended their lead to 6, up 10-4. SAIT responded but could only score one before Medicine Hat answered. The teams traded side-outs as the score passed the midway point with the Rattlers lead unchanged. The scoreboard read 15-7 after a run of 3 from Medicine Hat. With a 4th point with Megan Hoeber serving, the Trojans took their first timeout. Coming out of the break, Hoeber served another ace to increase the lead to 10, 17-7. From here the teams traded side-outs as the Rattlers passed 20 points with the Trojans at 11. The teams again traded side-outs and Medicine Hat was up 23-13 when the Trojans took their second timeout. this did not help as the Rattlers scored 2 straight and won 25-13 taking a 2-1 set lead.

The Fourth set started with a quick point off the serve from the Rattlers before the Trojans matched right away. From here the teams traded side-outs for the next few points. The teams remained almost deadlocked as the score worked its way up. The Trojans opened up a small advantage as the set passed halfway and lead 17-13, forcing the Rattlers to take a timeout. the Rattlers scored 2 straight coming out of the timeout to reduce the deficit to 2. From here the Trojans scored again trading side-outs with Medicine Hat. SAIT led 21-18 forming the Rattlers to take their second timeout. the Rattlers came back to 2 behind, 21-23. Not wanting to lose this crucial 4th set, SAIT took their first timeout. SAIT scored the final 2 points and won 25-21 forcing a 5th set.

The 5th set opened with the teams trading side-outs until the Rattlers made a block and opened up a small advantage. They grew this to 8-4 at the court switch and held an advantage. From here SAIT started the comeback. The Trojans went up after tying the set at 8 and took a 12-10 lead late into the set. SAIT scored again to take a 3 point lead very late. The Rattlers battled back to trail by 1, 12-13 forcing SAIT to take a timeout. The Trojans had a chance to serve for the win and only needed one try to do so, winning 15-12 and 3 sets to 2 completing the comeback.

In men's action Friday night in Calgary:

The SAIT Trojans men's volleyball team made things quick Friday night. The Trojans only needed three sets, as they beat the visiting Medicine Hat College Rattlers 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) action played inside SAIT Gymnasium. "I think that game was a lot closer than the score made it out to be," said Trojans head coach Dallas Soonias. "We had a distinct hole in that game, and Medicine Hat did a great job of exploiting it. . . Now we need to take a look at things, and find a game plan for tomorrow night back in their gym." The win sends SAIT to 13-4 in the ACAC South Division standings. Medicine Hat falls to 4-11. For the third straight game to open the second semester, outside Riley Grusing (3rd year, Calgary, Civil Engineering Technology) led the team in kills. On Friday, he produced 16 of them, to go along with four digs and three blocks.

On Saturday in the Snake Pit:

The SAIT Trojans were in Medicine Hat to take on the Rattlers. This their second match in two nights, the Rattlers hoped for a better result than the night previous, a straight sets loss. The Trojans hoped to keep rolling on their first place season. The Rattlers opened the set with a 3 hit kill to side-out early. The Trojans matched and the first set was underway. Medicine Hat got off to a 3-1 lead with the help of an Aleksa Zivic ace. They added another with a block and had opened up an early advantage. The Rattlers added to their lead off another huge block and a backrow attack. The Rattlers actually looked to be the better team early in the set. Down 7-2, the SAIT bench called for a timeout in an effort to regroup. The teams traded side-outs coming off the break, but the Rattlers still held their lead. The Trojans started to battle back reducing the Rattler lead to 2 coming back to 8-10. The Rattlers earned back he serve but lost it straight away and let the Trojans back within 1. SAIT leveled the score at 13 before taking a 14-13 lead. The Rattlers battled back to regain a 16-14 advantage and even took the next point for a 3 point lead. Another scramble, and another Rattler point, they had regained some momentum. With the Rattlers up 21-17 the Trojans took their second timeout in an effort to regroup. The Rattlers scored coming out of the break and took a 22-17 lead. The Trojans battled back but the Rattlers were able to hold on for a 25-21 first set victory.

The second set opened with a quick point from the Trojans followed up with another one on a Rattler error. A second Rattler error in a row saw SAIT open up a 3-0 lead before the Rattlers could respond. The Trojans again used their big offence to score quickly but the Rattlers refused to quit on any ball. The Trojans held a 6-3 lead early in the set after a few traded side-outs. SAIT grabbed control again taking a 9-4 lead. After a greasy tip, the Trojans added another up 10-4 and forcing the Rattlers to take a timeout. The Rattlers came out of the break to score 2 straight and reduce the Trojan lead to 4. SAIT re-took their lead even extending it now up 14-8 with the help of Maddux Greves' serves. The Rattlers again chipped away and reduced the lead to 4 before the Trojans once again earned a side-out. SAIT took over again with Tyler Latu'ila serving for a few points and again increasing the lead 20-12. The Rattlers did not give up as the set looked out of reach but rather fought for every point harder. Fighting hard, the Rattlers started to close the gap only trailing 17-21 late in the set. SAIT had built up too much of a lead for the Rattlers to come back and was able to win a tight set, 25-19 with the Rattlers committing bad errors in the set.

The Third set started with the teams trading points and side-outs early as the score moved quickly through the first part of the set. The Trojans started to open up an advantage as the score neared the halfway point. The Trojans went on another run opening up a 12-6 lead. This forced the Rattlers to take an early timeout. They come out of the break hard and were able to start to cut into the Trojan lead. This seemed to lift the Trojans as well who responded in turn and were able to extend their lead once again. SAIT was up 20-12 with the set in hand, but again the Rattlers continued to push and started to narrow the lead late in the set. At 22-17, the Rattlers needed some points in order to finish the comeback. They got their first on a SAIT miscue, but the Trojans responded to make it 23-18. The Trojans held on for a 25-20 victory taking a 2-1 set lead.

The Rattlers were able to grab a quick 2-0 lead in the fourth set on 2 Trojan errors. The third came on an ace and the Rattlers held a 3-0 lead. After a quick side out both ways the game settled in to a back and forth affair. The Rattlers held an 8-5 lead holding on to the early advantage they earned. The Trojans battled back to trail 8-9 and the Rattlers took their first timeout. The Rattlers came out of the break to take the first side-out, but lost the next two points and saw the set even at 10 before they regained serve. The teams traded serves and side-outs as the score passed the midway point neither side with a real advantage. The Rattlers held a small leas up 17-14 with the serve, as the set approached the final stages. SAIT battled right back tying the set at 18 and forcing the Rattlers to take their second timeout. Medicine Hat won the point coming out of the break but could not hold serve as the score was tied, 19-19. As the teams traded side-outs the score stayed even. 2 aces from Maddux Greeves gave the Trojans a late advantage up 23-21. The Rattlers tied it at 23, forcing SAIT to take a time out. Trading side-outs, the teams were tied at 24. The Trojans scored twice to take a 26-24 win and a 3-1 win.