This past weekend (October 24 and 25) saw Red River College’s women’s volleyball team host back to back matches against MCAC opponent schools, Canadian Mennonite University and St. Boniface College on Friday night and Saturday afternoon respectively.
When the CMU Blazers came to RRC’s Notre Dame campus on Friday night, spectators in attendance were treated to a great women’s volleyball match.
The Blazers took the first two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-22. CMU showed great middle attacks from Ainsley Matheson, while it was Kirsten Hamm attacking well from power. With good passing from her teammates, Jodi Plenert set up the successful kills for the Blazers.
The third set was a hard fought battle that saw RRC come back to win 25-23. The Rebels continued the momentum by taking set number four 25-18. Great serving and setting came from RRC’s Tianna Mager, while Leanne Chloepecki and Jordan Krahn had some fantastic attacks from the power side.
In the fifth and match-deciding set, the Blazers pulled out to a commanding lead before defeating the Rebels 15-8. The entire match proved to be very entertaining and lasted almost two hours. This is surely an MCAC women’s volleyball rivalry in the making.
On Saturday afternoon the lady Rebels hosted the Voyageurs from St. Boniface College. In the first meeting of the season for the two squads, CUSB took advantage of a possibly tired Rebel team after their drawn out match against CMU the night before.
The lady Rebels fell in three straight sets to the short-benched Voyageurs, 25-23, 25-18, and 25-23. The games were very close, but St. Boniface finished all of them strong. The Voyageurs were lead by fantastic play from René-Claire Gautron who had multiple kills from the right side.
RRC did show good overall team defense by forcing many long rallies. Strong setting again came from Tianna Mager, while Leanne Chloepecki lead the team in kills.