THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Lakehead University Thunderwolves women’s volleyball team came away with a 3-2 victory to begin the regular season on Friday evening against the Windsor Lancers (25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 14-25, 15-10).
The ‘Wolves came out of the gate fast in the first set 5-0, displaying great serving courtesy of Brittany Macleod, who finished with 11 points (9 kills, 2 blocks).
Jen Casey also stepped up big for ‘Wolves, scoring 11 kills on 19 attempts. Jasmine Fox had a near perfect game, with 11 kills on 13 attempts with no hitting errors.
Setter Sara Hudson ran a smooth offense, making the most out of every play to finish with 50 assists, 7 digs and 4 kills. Libero Breanne Hilhorst had 19 digs in the victory.
For the Lancers, Mackenzie Coyle and Kaila Seguin led the way with 13 kills and 4 blocks apiece. Seguin also had 14 digs while Coyle made 10 of her own. Setter Danielle Lenarduzzi made 36 assists.
Coach Chris Green said, “Windsor is a tough team, and Lucas has them prepared to play 3 or 5 sets. His preseason seemed to have a lot of those 5 set games so those young ladies know what to do to make a game long. Full marks to them.”
“On our side I was pleased with the start, and in the end saw us do what we will do – stall. We stall because we stop focusing on their tendencies. In a positive way we also know we can battle out of every situation. The entire team had to win this match tonight. Congrats to them for their work. We preach about being ready to go and this team will rely on all of the team members if they are going to have any success. Big congrats to Jorie for her return to play, she has worked so hard to be a contributor tonight after an off season of rehab. Although not perfect, it was so awesome to see her back in the blue and gold!”
“Sara Hudson deserves a strong mention, great focus from her! We need to be better now on our focus and we will discuss that tomorrow. Windsor will make some adjustments for tomorrow and we will have to counter them fast.”
The two teams will rematch Saturday at 7pm in the Thunderdome.
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