Royals struggle against high ranked Hawks

royalsA pair of win streaks were snapped on Wednesday night (Jan. 15) as the Royals men’s and women’s volleyball teams were swept by the host Humber Hawks in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association midweek matches. Both Redeemer teams saw their three game win streaks come to an end.

Despite the 3-0 loss for the Lady Royals, whose record slipped to 7-4, Redeemer appears to continue to gain ground on one of the top teams in the country. Holding leads late in both the first set (15-11) and the second set (18-14), the Royals are beginning to believe that no team is out of reach in the province. The ability for Redeemer to close out sets when they are up will certainly be the focus for the Royals as they push to make a deep run in OCAA playoffs.

Redeemer certainly made the No. 3 ranked team in the country sweat a bit on Wednesday, drawing out the first set to 27-25 and the second to 25-22 against the Hawks, who remain unbeaten after 10 outings. Unfortunately the Royals were unable to maintain their pressure and fell 25-13 in the third set.

Curtiss Straatsma had 14 points and five aces to pace the Royals while Kimberly Stewart had 13 assists. Jocelyn Klompmaker had four blocks.

After a big win for the men’s team this past Saturday, the 7-4 Royals were looking to continue their strong play and possibly extend their three-game win streak with a solid game against the No. 2 ranked team in Canada. However, the Royals struggled all night in the Humber gym, falling behind early, and finding it difficult to match up with the 9-1 Hawks.

Redeemer fell behind early in the first set as Humber cruised to a 25-10 win. The Royals found a bit of a spark in the second and third matches as they adjusted their passing, keeping the Hawks on their toes. While both teams battled point for point, the Royals were never able to grab a lead losing 25-21 and 25-17.

Eric Heidbuurt had nine points for the Royals with Jake Klassen adding 13 assists and 10 digs.

The Royals men’s and women’s teams have quick turnarounds as they now prepare for the Sheridan Bruins on Saturday (Jan. 18). Redeemer travels to Oakville for the Saturday games set to get underway at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.