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Thunderwolves VS Queen's Gaels
January 15, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Game Information
Thunder Bay
LU Fieldhouse
Game Score
Queen's Gaels
0 (17, 20, 23)
3 (25, 25, 25)
Game Review

‘Wolves Downed, 3-0 by Gaels

Hugh Mullally | Volleyball (W)

The first match of the new year didn’t go as planned for the women’s volleyball team, who dropped their game against the Queen’s Gaels, 3-0 (17-25, 20-25, 23-25).

Geisel_Masters_block_v Queen's 16

“Tonight’s game was another example of our team struggling to follow a game plan,” said coach Chris Green. “We didn’t block line like we said we would, and we didn’t serve the targets that we wanted to, and on the attack, we deviated from our plan as well.”

The numbers don’t lie: Lakehead committed 16 attack errors, and was only blocked once by Queen’s defenders.

“We trained hard since the break, but we weren’t battle-ready,” continued Green, whose team hadn’t played a competitive game in 46 days (on Nov 29).

The challenge for Lakehead was to string the rallies together. It didn’t take Queen’s long to jump ahead in every set, especially in set 2, where the Gaels went on a 12-2 run to begin the frame. The ‘Wolves never led in Friday’s match, despite fighting hard in set 3 and tying the game four times (1-1, 11-11, 12-12, and 18-18).

Leah Mousseau was the bright spot for the ‘Wolves on Friday, racking up 14 kills on 24 attempts with 5 errors (.375 eff), along with 7 digs. Libero Alyssa Genereux did all she could on defense to keep Lakehead alive in rallies, making 15 digs.

Coach Green was encouraged by Mousseau’s output, saying, “It’s nice to see, Leah’s had a great training period since our last game. She started slow, but to see her swing and doing what she’s doing, she’s getting on track, and that’s huge for us. I’m really proud of what she brought to the game today, she’s showing more confidence than ever, which is great.”

For the Gaels, Shannon Neville had 13 kills on 37 swings while Caroline Livingston had 6 kills on 17 attempts.

Lakehead looks to bounce back tomorrow, as they take on the RMC Paladins at 7pm.

Webcast will be available via OUA TV.


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