Redeemer women sweep Saints in 2014 opener

(Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

(Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

The Redeemer Royals Volleyball teams picked up where they left off in 2013 with victories against Windsor St. Clair Saints on Saturday (Jan. 11). With the wins, the women’s and men’s teams run their records to 7-3 and have each won three straight in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play.

After a stretch of exhibition games against some very strong competition during the Christmas Break, the Lady Royals proved to be in good form to start the year against the Saints in a 3-0 win.

Despite falling behind in both the first and second sets, Redeemer clawed back using strong serving and rotating through a lineup that saw 11 players play in the match. Game scores in the match were 26-24, 25-19, and 25-18.

For the Royals, Tara Van Halteren (Richmond Hill, ON) and Ali Blekkenhorst (Murillo, ON) continued their strong play after filling in for third year libero Rebekah Wright (Burlington, ON) who has been out with a concussion for six weeks.

“St. Clair was in the final of the Adidas Cup over the Christmas Break which was a 12-team tournament so we were happy to grind out the win,” said head coach Doug Veldman. “We came from behind early in both the first sets and were happy that we could use 11 players throughout the match”.

The Royals turn their attention to a key game this Wednesday when Redeemer travels to Humber College (9-0).

“The team is looking forward to this week’s matchup”, said Veldman. “If we can control our passing game, Humber will be in for a battle”.

Men tied for second in OCAA West

For the Royals Men’s team, a 3½ hour trip up to Windsor on Saturday was likely not a first choice of venue for a group that was stuck in Seattle since Sunday due to flight cancellations.

However, the Royals mustered whatever energy they had and powered their way to a 3-1 win against a tough St. Clair Saints squad. A team that had won five of six to start the season, has had a tough stretch of games including two losses against the Royals to drop their record to 5-5.

The Royals now sit at 7-3, tied for second in the OCAA West, and poised for a huge match against the 9-1 Humber Hawks on Wednesday (Jan. 15).