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Thunderwolves VS RMC Paladins
January 16, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Game Information
Thunder Bay
LU Fieldhouse
Game Score
RMC Paladins
3 (25,25,22,27)
1 (18,20,25,25)
Game Review

‘Wolves Prevail, 3-1 Over Paladins

Hugh Mullally | Volleyball (W)

In Saturday’s 3-1 win over the RMC Paladins, the women’s volleyball team got the push they needed from rookies Catherine Klassen and Leah Mousseau. Set scores were 25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 27-25.

From the outset it seemed like Lakehead would handle RMC easily, opening up a 12-3 lead in the opening frame. The Paladins then went on a 9-3 run to bring the ‘Wolves back to reality.

In the second set Lakehead’s execution as a team was far from perfect, but they did get great production from rookie Catherine Klassen, who finished with 16 points on 32 swings in the match (15 kills, 1 block, .406 efficiency).

Leah Mousseau (technically a sophomore but playing her first competitive regular season) was another steady force for Lakehead put together another solid outing, making 18 kills on Saturday on a whopping 54 attempts. Setter Vanessa Masters worked with much better passing than on Friday, which was critical to her making 41 assists in Saturday’s win.

“Vanessa did a good job, but regardless of what subs are coming in, we need to keep the intensity up,” said Green, who switched up his lineup in the 3rd set after his team nearly squandered a 24-15 lead late in the 2nd set.

Sara Potter came into the game on the left side, relieving starter Kailan Robinson who struggled to find her rhythm early on. Neither of them finished with great stats; they combined for 6 kills and 9 errors.

Robinson did save her best for last, as she scored the winning point in the 4th set, and made plays down the stretch that allowed Lakehead to force extra points. RMC had the advantage, 24-22, but was unable to force a fifth set and Lakehead rallied back to close out the game.

Lakehead libero Alyssa Genereux had another impressive performance on Saturday, this time making 29 digs against the relentless Paladins.

For RMC, Kara Stephan had 15 kills while Nicole Behnke made 13 kills.

Green summarized the conclusion of the game, saying, “That fourth set, the final 8 points or so, our girls really performed, and that was a positive sign. They didn’t do that in the 3rd set and let RMC back into the game, but that final set was a definitely a good sign for our team.”

The women’s team continues their home stand with a double header next weekend against the Western Mustangs.

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