Lakehead Thunderwolves women’s volleyball team lose in straight sets

NNL Thunderwolves Sportsbeat

NNL Thunderwolves Sportsbeat

WINDSOR, ON – The Lakehead Thunderwolves women’s volleyball team lost in straight sets to the Windsor Lancers on Saturday afternoon (19-25, 19-25, 20-25). The T-Wolves were slow out of the gate in the first set, going down 7-0 to begin the match. They would battle back to trail 18-12 before the Lancers would push for the first set win. The second set would feature much of the same, with Lakehead again unable to establish a lead, trailing 9-3 and 18-8 before surrendering the set. The first two sets were a struggle on the attack for Lakehead, committing 11 hitting errors in each set.

In the third set the T-Wolves had a much better success rate on the attack (15 kills, 3 errors on 31 attempts, 38.7%), but could not force a 4th set.

Vanessa Chorkawy was top scorer with 12 points (all kills) and added 14 digs. Jorie Daymond had 11.5 points and 9 digs (11 kills, 1 block assist) and Brittany MacLeod added 10.5 points (6 kills, 2 service aces, 2 stuff blocks and 1 block assist).

Both of Lakehead’s setters were on the job for Lakehead, with Vanessa Masters making 22 assists while Sara Hudson made 10. Libero Breanne Hilhorst made 7 digs.

Windsor’s top scorer was rookie Shannon Dean with 12.5 points (10 kills). Setter Jessica Shepley made 24 assists for the Lancer offense.

Coach Chris Green commented after the game, “The first and second sets saw us start of with 7 and 6 point deficits that were hard to climb out of. Then when we did and made it close we reverted back to making errors that have no place in our game. We can’t miss serves on a long run. We have to hit balls that are set well and our setters have to run with our philosophy. Daymond was on fire tonight and we should have given her 20 more sets. Macleod had a stellar game after struggling her last 2. We need our bench to contribute more and that hurt a bit today. Time to regroup and see the same faces tomorrow with what I expect to be a different result.”

The women will rematch with Windsor tomorrow afternoon at 1PM.

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