Hectic weekend for Redeemer has mixed results

It was a busy and very eventful weekend for the Redeemer Royals with five teams playing either at home or on the road.

The women’s volleyball team and both basketball teams were at home on Friday night and Saturday afternoon (Jan. 21-22) while the men’s and women’s indoor soccer teams were on the road in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play.

On Friday night, the women’s volleyball team kick started the weekend with a 3-0 victory over Sault College. The win helped the Ancaster-based Royals keep pace with 14 points (7-7) and a hold of seventh place in the West Division. Game scores were 25-18, 25-18, 25-20.

Veteran Megan Hultink led all scorers with 10 points off of five kills and five aces in just two games. Ashley Muller had nine points from six kills, one ace, and two stuff blocks. Emalee Rains and Kelsey Ryan each had seven points for Sault.

The Lady Royals have a big week ahead as they travel to Fanshawe College (10-4) on Wednesday (Jan. 26) before returning home for back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday against Canadore College (7-8) and Nipissing University (14-1).

The men’s basketball team hosted Sault College on Friday night and Algoma University on Saturday evening. In Friday’s game, the Royals jumped out to an early lead, giving themselves a 10 point cushion at halftime and their biggest lead of the season (27-17). A slow start in the second half for the Royals saw Sault take their first lead at 37-36 midway through. From there the lead changed hands five times and was tied six times in a thrilling end to the game.

Redeemer’s Ryan Smith hit two free throws as time expired to force the game into overtime at 56-56. In the extra period, both teams continued to fight and again were tied at 64-64. However, Sault finally closed out the game, grabbing the win with two late baskets and a 68-65 victory.

Dhimitri Luarasi had a team high 22 points in the loss. Benn Ibrahim had 16 points for the Royals with all baskets coming in the second half.

Odane Ferguson had a game high 23 points for Sault College.

Saturday’s games saw the men’s and women’s basketball teams drop games to Algoma University. The women fell 45-35 in a close match that saw the Royals claw back after a 14-1 run to open the game for the Thunderbirds. The Lady Royals outscored Algoma in the second half but the deficit proved to big as they fell just short. The leading scorer for the Royals was once again Kristy Aloe with a game high 16 points. Morissa Lychak added nine for the Royals.

Carolyn Fragale had 16 points for Algoma in the win.

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. On Saturday, Navanga Burke’s 24 points weren’t enough as the men’s basketball team fell 77-51 to Algoma in their second game in two days. The Thunderbirds opened up the game on a 17-2 run which put the Royals too far back to stage any type of comeback. Benn Ibrahim chipped in 12 points for the Royals while D. J Wright led Algoma with 20.

The men’s and women’s indoor soccer teams opened up their competitive season on Saturday with their first tournament of the year as both teams traveled to the Centennial College Invitational Tournament. The men’s team finished the round robin with a 1-1-1 record.

In round robin play, the men’s team lost 1-0 to defending provincial champions Sheridan, beat the host Centennial College 2-1, and tied Humber 1-1. Their quarterfinal match up saw the Royals play Niagara College. Unfortunately, the Knights proved to be to strong and ended Redeemer’s chance at the semi-finals with a 3-1 win.

The women completed round robin with a 1-1-1 record which gave them second place in the pool. Pool play saw the women tie the Centennial Alumni 1-1, win 3-0 against St. Lawrence Kingston (forfeit) and lose 1-0 to Ontario University Athletics powerhouse Laurier University.

Second place in their pool matched the Royals up against Centennial in the quarterfinal in which they had little trouble winning 3-0 and booking their trip into the final four of the 16 teams that began the day.

In the semi’s, the Lady Royals met the defending indoor and outdoor provincial champions, the Humber Hawks. A quick goal by Redeemer’s Beth DeHaan put the Royals up 1-0. However, a goal midway through for Humber tied it up. After a thrilling end to the game which saw numerous quality scoring chances for both teams as well as a number of crossbars and goalposts hit, the teams finished regular time still tied.

Overtime provided just as much excitement but no scoring. Penalty kicks were needed and despite being in a position once again to win, were tied with Humber 1-1 after three shooters. In sudden death, a Humber goal and a Royals miss knocked Redeemer out of the tournament and advanced Humber to the finals.

Shawna Druif was Redeemer’s player of the game saving 18 shots and conceding just one as well as saving two penalty shots in the shootout.

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