“Great determination and character from the whole team” – Coach Barclay

The Thunderwolves dug deep and showed real determination in a well deserved and earned win over the RMC Paladins
The Thunderwolves dug deep and showed real determination in a well deserved and earned win over the RMC Paladins

THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – It was a thrilling night of women’s volleyball at the Thunderdome on Saturday night. The Lakehead Thunderwolves women’s volleyball team broke an 11 game losing streak taking down the RMC Paladins three games to two winning the tie-breaker 15-8.

The Thunderwolves had a great start, winning the first set 25-18.
They carried that momentum into the second set, coming out on top 25-20.
From there, the team struggled a little. RMC, in a must-win situation, put up a very determined fight in the third set. The two teams battled it out until RMC finally won 29-27, forcing a fourth set.
The fourth set was also a battle that RMC won 26-24, pushing the game into a fifth set.
This is where the Thunderwolves showed a lot of grit and determination. The momentum had started to shift to RMC. But the women never gave up. They kept battling back determined to keep going.
The team was assisted by an loud and enthusiastic crowd at the Thunderdome including the unofficial band with their pots, pans, and garbage can lid putting up a solid stream of encouragement.
And keep going, they did. Despite seeing their two set led get melted away, the team dug deep and shone like stars in the tie-breaker for the match.
The Thunderwolves weren’t about to let the Paladins take the final set, and locked in their second win of the regular season, winning the fifth set 15-8.
“Really great team effort tonight from our team,” said Craig Barclay. “They played relaxed and confident and it was great to see. We had a few chances to put it away in three but didn’t and really pulled through in the fifth. Great determination and character from the whole team and a great win.”
Meghan Routier and Abi Almonte led the Thunderwolves to victory with 15 kills each. Routier also finished with three aces and four total blocks.
The Paladins were led by Logan Rook, with 17 kills, and Lauryne Mvuezolo, with 13 kills.
The Thunderwolves will be back on the court next week to play their final games of the season, hosting the Brock Badgers for Saturday and Sunday matches.

With files from Thunderwolves Sports.

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