THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Lakehead Thunderwolves women’s volleyball team left nothing to chance on Saturday evening, managing to close out tough sets and win 3-0 over the Brock Badgers (25-17, 25-23, 25-22).
It was certainly just what the doctor ordered after the T-Wolves came up just short in Friday’s 5 set loss.
Coach Chris Green exclaimed post-game, “This was one of those games that you desire from your team after a strong performance last night. We tweaked a few items on the game plan and asked the girls to believe in how they played yesterday. Consistency is what we all want from our athletes, and this weekend we got that. I am so happy for these girls today.”
The high-flying attack trio of Jorie Daymond, Jasmine Fox and Sarah Reid scored the majority of Lakehead’s points, with all three of them smashing 13 kills in the win. Stephanie Chartrand had an impressive 7 kills on 10 attempts with 2 digs and a block.
Setter Sara Hudson had the offense running smoothly, making 34 assists and making 9 digs as well. Breanne Hilhorst continued to impress as the defensive anchor for the team, making 20 digs on the game.
Coach Green says of his setter and defense, “Sara Hudson played a game that was in total control because her passing was spot on. They allowed us to be consistent. Our defence was exciting tonight. The girls chased all the big attacks from Brock and made some great recoveries.”
The Badgers seemed to be playing from behind for most of the match and unable to get into a flow. Their leading scorer was Shenise Power with 15 points (10 kills and 5 blocks), while setter Lauren Stirling made 27 assists.
“As coaches we want them to play a smart game on these back to back nights,” continued Coach Green. “Learn form last night and adapt. Good for them to do that. Brock still gave us trouble with their rightside attack. As i said before that young lady [Shenise Power] can swing hard and she is so consistent. We knew we had to handle the other hitters and disrupt their balance in scoring. As coaches we are proud of the players for their efforts tonight.”
The women’s team travels next week to play Ottawa (once) and Waterloo (twice).