Erika Straatsma goes for the kill

Just days after women’s volleyball player Erika Straatsma (Brampton) nearly broke the Royals record with 17 kills in a match, she followed it up with another 19 kills, tying the Redeemer record in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association league play.

Her 19 kills came in a big victory against rival Mohawk College on Wednesday night (Nov. 30). Straatsma also tied the Redeemer record for points in a match with 24 total offensive points.

Her 24 points on Wednesday gave her a two-game total of 43. The record for kills in a match is now shared by Straatsma and alumni Alison Lammers who had 19 against Niagara College in 2005. Alumni volleyball players Megan Hultink and Chantel Schutten are the only individuals to have every had 24 points in a match until Straatsma matched them.

Hultink and Schutten had there 24 points in 2009.

Most importantly, Straatsma’s big night keeps the Royals in the middle of the pack in the tough OCAA West Division. It also propelled the Lady Royals to their first victory over Mohawk College since 2007. Straatsma’s sister, Curtiss, added 12 points for the Royals off of 11 kills and one ace. Game scores were 25-20, 25-27, 25-16, and 25-14.

The win gave the women a 3-5 matches record for six points. Mokawk also has four points from a 2-5 record.

In the men’s game, Redeemer was outmatched by the nationally ranked Mountaineers. After dropping the first set 26-24, the Royals had a tough time rebounding dropping the next two sets by identical 25-16 scores. David Klomps (Surrey, BC) had a team high nine points.

The loss evened the men’s record at 4-4 while Mohawk improved to 5-2.

Both men’s and women’s teams finish up the first semester with games on Saturday (Dec. 3) at home against St. Clair College at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.