Peterborough – Redeemer University College will now have to focus on a Bronze medal finish at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Championships after the Nipissing Lakers scored a decisive three-set victory over the Royals, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17, on Friday (Feb. 22).
The win sends the Lakers to the Gold medal game while Redeemer chases a third place finish.
Redeemer came out strong at the beginning of the first set jumping out to a 4-0 lead before Nipissing got its first stop. The Lakers stayed with it and worked hard to overcome the slow start, tying things up at 6-6. The Lakers then pushed to an 11-7 lead going into a Redeemer timeout.
Coming out of the Royals timeout, Nipissing continued with strong defense and offense extending the lead to 17-9 forcing Redeemer to take a second timeout. Following the stoppage, Redeemer gave its best effort to stay in the set but could not stop Nipissing. Jacquie Dyball (Pefferlaw, ON) led the attack for the Lakers picking up four kills and two blocks in the set.
The second set started with some tough serving from Nipissing’s Rebecca Ramsay (Madoc, ON) picking up an ace as the Lakers came out to a 3-0 lead. Both teams fought hard to gain the advantage through some long rallies displaying some great offensive and defensive skill.
The Lakers managed to gain the upper hand building a 9-3 lead early forcing the Royals to take a timeout. Redeemer fought its way back into the set narrowing the gap to 14-11 at the midway point. Nipissing responded well to the solid play from the Royals and opened a 20-13 lead late in the set. Redeemer did not give up and pushed to get back into the set but the Lakers held them off to grab a 2-0 match lead. Rebecca Ramsay provided some great offense for the Lakers with five kills, one ace and one block in the set.
The third set was more of the same from Nipissing. The Lakers displayed consistent defensive and offensive skills. Redeemer gave its best effort to keep the set close but Nipissing built a 15-8 lead going into Redeemer’s first timeout. Following the timeout, Redeemer rallied, bringing the score within three but the Lakers once again weathered the storm and took a 19-13 margin late in the set. The Lakers kept up the pace and took the match 3-0.
Player of the Game for Nipissing was Dyball picking up seven kills and three blocks in the match. Redeemer’s Player of the Game was Elise Kollenhoven (Acton, ON) with four kills and one ace on the night.
Redeemer will meet the Cambrian Golden Shield in the Bronze medal match.