Thunderwolves – Strong Start Finishes in Loss
“THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Lakehead University Thunderwolves Women’s volleyball team lost 3-1 to the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday evening (23-25, 25-21, 16-26, 9-25).
The Thunderwolves came out with renewed purpose in their second game against Guelph in as many days, but despite their best efforts dropped the first set in close fashion.
They rebounded in the 2nd set before dropping the 3rd and 4th set, their passing deteriorating as the match wore on.
Jorie Daymond once again led the Pack with 15 points and 13 digs (12 kills, 3 aces) and Stephanie Chartrand scored 10.5 points with 6 kills, 2 aces and 2.5 blocks. Setter Sara Hudson made 26 assists while Vanessa Masters assisted on 8 kills.
Guelph’s top scorer was Rebecca Breau with 17 points (15 kills, 2 blocks).
Coach Chris Green stated, “To start this game these girls were on fire. They started out in full control doing exactly what we talked about today. They were in control. Then the proverbial camel’s back and straw showed up. We started a 6 point run in serve receive that gave Guelph the lead. We fought back to 23-24 where Jen Casey destroyed a ball dug in pos 6 that travelled 17.5 meters back and lands in on our side ending our comeback. An unbelievable play. 2nd set we controlled entirely and end it in strong fashion with a solid match. 3rd set was unexplained. Big deficit, a different LU team appears and we are down 20-7. Robinson and MacLennan come in as well as Casey and we bring it back in big fashion only to lose the comeback but with great energy. The fourth set I have no idea why our passing went south. We were not even in it. So many things to be proud of in these girls today. And yet a loss and we’re not pleased.”
Green elaborated, “Sara Hudson did a great job tonight and when her passing was on she ran a great offence and of course when the passers lost focus they made her job the toughest on the floor. Daymond was strong for a 2nd game in a row. Chartrand came to play today. We will park this and get back in the gym Monday to make corrections and get ready for Brock on Friday and Saturday.”
The women’s team return home to play the Brock Badgers twice next weekend.