A few things were made clear Thursday night (Nov. 4) when the Royals volleyball teams were hosts to London’s Fanshawe Falcons: One was that the Royals’ gymnasium is still one of the toughest and loudest places to play. The other was that Redeemer right up with the top teams in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.
Last night’s action saw the women’s team fall behind 2-0 before storming back to force a fifth and deciding set. Unfortunately, the comeback fell a little short as they couldn’t grab control and Fanshawe took the match 3-2. Game scores were 25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 18-25, 15-10.
This was the Lady Royals first loss of the season and their record drops to 2-1.
Redeemer came into the match ranked seventh in the province while Fanshawe is ranked fourth. The West division is proving to be as tough and dominant as ever as all top four teams in the province come from the Royals division.
Ashley Muller continued her dominating play with 12 kills, 6 aces, and 1 block for a total of 19 offensive points. Ashley led all scorers and now has a combined 39 points in her last two games. Erika Straatsma and Lindsay Klingenberg each chipped in with eight points as well.
For the Falcons, Katie Rest and Megan Walls had team high 10 points in the win. Fanshawe is tied for first in the OCAA West division. The Lady Royals sit tied for fifth.
The women are scheduled to play in Sault Ste. Marie Friday night to take on the Cougars.