THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Queen’s Gaels completed a weekend sweep of the women’s volleyball team on Sunday, winning in straight sets, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17. Jorie Daymond had 10 points (9 kills, 1 block) along with 12 digs. Libero Breanna Hilhorst also had 12 digs and setter Sarah Hudson set up 21 kills for her teammates.
Queen’s was led by Katie Hagarty with 15 points (11 kills, 4 service aces). Natalie Gray had 13 kills on a .380 rate of success.
After reviewing the game tape from Saturday’s losing effort, coach Chris Green was intent on making adjustments in his team’s defensive approach. “Queens is a team that has struggled in their last 2 games prior to coming here. They were hungry to right the ship. Yesterday we had a smart and accurate gameplan. We followed 60% of it. The video showed us where we made crucial mistakes in execution. The first set was going to set the tone for the weekend. We adapted. We watched many hours of video clearly seeing where we did not execute,” shared Coach Green after the game.
Green continues, “Today the girls made great adjustments and cleared up the mistakes from yesterday. Queens made 2 counters to what we adjusted for. Natalie Gray made great plays hitting line hard and on the return set after we dug her, she cranked the ball to position 6. We did not adapt on the fly. Great on her. The other one was #9, Katie Hagarty who again showed her dynamics by scoring hard to position 5. Jorie Daymond turned her game around today after going 3 kills, 3 errors on 24 attempts Saturday. Today she swung hard and played at the level she needs to. Sara Hudson was again stellar for a 3rd straight game and both Michelle Cournoyer and Brittany Macleod, showed why they are strong players.”
“Great work by Queens, but I am very proud of our group and their focus on making themselves better everyday. They are students to the biggest degree, always working to get better.”
The women’s team has next weekend off before going on the road for three games the following week versus Ottawa, Waterloo and Ryerson.