THUNDER BAY – The Lakehead University women’s volleyball team hold their home opener this weekend against the visiting Windsor Lancers, Friday and Saturday night at 7:00pm. The ‘Wolves went 6-3 in the pre-season and are looking to get off on the right foot in the regular season with a number of new faces on the roster.
As coach Green puts it, “Lucas has developed the program to be big and athletic during his tenure. The team is without question led by Kaila Seguin (5th Year LS) and Jessica Shipley (5th Year RS). Both of these young ladies are the physical leaders for Windsor and are extremely tough to stop. In fact we cant stop them, we have to find a way to control parts of their game in order to have any success. The youth on this Lancer team are big and athletic. Windsor will challenge all of our plans to the highest degree and for us to have success we will have to execute on the serving side of things as well as our Block Defence strategy.”
In their match-up against Windsor last year, the Thunderwolves dropped the first game 3-0 before coming back the following day with a 3-1 victory in Windsor’s gym.
Coach Chris Green adds, “It’s an exciting time. The first games of the OUA season and this year we get to experience them at home.”
Windsor comes in under the direction of Coach Lucas Hodgson.
Lakehead Coach Green summarizes his own team’s outlook, “It’s a time of change here, partially to opportunity and to injury. Lakehead is still waiting the return of 5th year outside attacker Jorie Daymond (ACL) and dealing with the departure of RS Vanessa Chorkawy (Swedish Pro League). That is a loss of 1500 attacks and we have to work smartly to spread those around. We are looking for 5th years Sarah Reid and Brittany Macleod to raise their attack totals as well as our promising rookies, Katie Maclennan, Carmen Hutsal and Kailan Robinson to give us significant contributions.”
Green concludes, “We have had a lot of chances in preseason to test everyone out, and now it’s for real. What seemed to be a long time away, has turned into how close we are to the real thing!
As always I feel both teams will have a great weekend and bring excitement to the gym again as another OUA season kicks off.”
Game time is 7:00pm, Friday and Saturday evening.