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Queen’s, RMC Enter Thunderdome

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The women’s volleyball team (4-6) continues their home schedule this weekend, as they host the Queen’s Gaels Friday, and the RMC Paladins Saturday. Game times are 7pm both nights.


(Above: L-R, Jessica Korchak, Jenn Casey, Kailan Robinson and Vanessa Masters have their work cut out for them this weekend.)

With nine games remaining in the regular season, the Thunderwolves are grouped in the middle of the the OUA West standings, and are positioned to make the a solid bid for a playoff berth which eluded them last season. Earning two wins this weekend would go a long way towards reaching that goal, and put the pressure on their OUA West rivals, particularly Western, who travels north to the Thunderdome next weekend for a double header.

Friday’s match against the Gaels (5-5) will challenge the ‘Wolves to defend against a deep Queen’s roster at the left side position: Shannon Neville (4th yr) and Shannon Hopkins (5th yr) have averaged a combined 6.2 points/set, on top of 6.6 digs/set.

“Coach Mike Ling is making great inroads to the style and philosophical direction he is manufacturing,” says Lakehead’s Chris Green. “He’s going big, and has the players to execute that physical style of play.”

“We must be in a position to dig a lot of attacks and execute our transition game at a high level in order to compete with Queens.”

On Saturday the RMC Paladins arrive, coached by Joely Christian, who coach Green holds in high regard.

“Joely should win coach of the year after what she’s done with that program,” says Green. “Everyone around her gets a lot better. RMC is one of the best digging teams in the OUA, and have got hitters with serious endurance.”

Paladins Kara Staphan, Nicole Behnke and Delanie Chang account for 85% of RMC’s attacks, so stopping them and meeting their challenge will spell success for the Thunderwolves.

Green continues, “Coming back after the break we are feeling good physically and tactically. It will be our intent to battle at the net with their dominant attackers and defend as we are known for. This weekend brings us a challenge that will make our serve and defence test its effectiveness.”

Weekend Schedule

Fri, Jan 15 vs Queen’s
Sat, Jan 16 vs RMC

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