Red Deer, AB – The RDC Queens were chasing the SAIT Trojans in the standings, but after a hard fought five set victory (25-22, 24-26, 27-25, 20-25 and 17-15), the Queens drew even with not only the Trojans, but the Ambrose University Lions as well. All three teams share second spot in the south with 26 points. However, the Trojans have two games in hand.
In the first set, the SAIT Trojans opened 6-1 which was assisted by service pressure from Hayli Hinchey. With some strong serving from setter Natalie Bloemen and offence from Emma Holmes on the right, the RDC Queens went on a 9-2 run (10-8) to pull ahead. Trojans Head Coach Art O'Dwyer called timeout when his side trailed by four (13-17), hoping to sway momentum but the Queens took the set 25-22.
In a back-and-forth start to the second, Shaelynne Roux provided SAIT an 8-7 edge with a kill from the right. Then minutes later, a dump ball from Natalie Bloemen evened the score 18-18. Eventually, SAIT shaded the Queens 26-24.
An ace from Alexandria Greenshields pushed RDC up by a point (7-6) in the third. When not much separated the two sides, Hayli Hinchey kept SAIT within one (19-20) with a point from the right. The Queens outscored the Trojans 7-6, sealing a 27-25 victory.
With Veronica Headley at the service line, the Trojans took a seven point lead (17-10) in the fourth, which was the largest of the match by either side. The Queens tried to chip away at the deficit but the Trojans capped off a 25-20 decision.
From the middle, Alexandria Greenshields gave the Queens a quick 4-1 lead in the fifth set. With a string of serves from Shaelynne Roux, SAIT pulled even (5-5). Despite the Queens trailing late, they won 17-15.
Erin Neufeldt was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game, accumulating 18 kills, seven digs, three stuffs, two assists and one ace. Shaelynne Roux was selected for the Trojans, totaling 13 kills, nine digs, three stuff blocks and two aces.
On Saturday at 6:00 p.m., the RDC Queens (13-8) will face the SAIT Trojans (13-6) in Calgary.