Lady Royals rule the Mountaineers

Redeemer's Erika Straatsma prepares for the kill while Mohawk defenders Chi-Chi Chuks-Mady (4) and Ashley Hagen (6) set for the block.

The Lady Royals women’s volleyball team has swept the Mohawk Mountaineers in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association home-and-home season series by way of a 3-1 win last night at Redeemer.

The city boundary rivalry between the two teams had lost some of its intensity the last number of years as the Lady Royals struggled to compete with the Mountaineers. However, the competition seems to be heating up again with the Royals coming out on the winning side.

The women’s team dropped the first game, 25-19, before settling down and taking the next three (25-22, 25-22, 25-19). It was Redeemer’s first match since the holiday break and improves the Royals record to 5-8 while the Mountaineers fall to 3-10. With the win, the Lady Royals keep their playoff hopes alive. They sit in seventh place but are tied in points with sixth-place Niagara which has two games in hand. The top six teams make the playoffs.

Mohawk is in ninth place.

Curtiss Straatsma led all scorers with 15 offensive points while her sister, Erika, had 14. Erika Straatsma continued her record setting season as she passed former player Allison Lammers’ record of career kills. She now sits at 497.

On Friday against Canadore College, Erika also set a Redeemer kills record in a match with 21, surpassing the previous mark of 19. With her 14 points last night, she now sits just 26 points away from the coveted record of total career points which currently stands at 645 and is also held by alumnus Allison Lammers.

Chi Chi Chuks-Mady had a team high 13 points for Mohawk.

The Royals will travel to London on Friday to take on the Falcons who are in third place.