In their last weekend home series of the 2018-2019 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) women's volleyball season, the host Keyano College Huskies spiked off against the visiting Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre's Canadian Natural Gymnasium.
For the Thunder it is a program on the rise.
In 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 they were winless during the regular season, falling in all 24 matches.
In 2016-2017 they earned one match and last year was a big jump with 6 wins and 18 losses.
The Huskies are in a brief slump.
In 2014-2015 they were 8-16 and 2015-2016 13-11, qualifying for the post season.
The last two years saw the Huskies drop though in the standings to 6-18 and 4-20 in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 respectively.
Now in 2018-2019 the two schools meet with the Huskies at 6 matches won 14 matches lost 22 sets won 45 sets lost and the Thunder with 4 matches won 18 matches lost 16 sets won 59 sets lost.
Keyano 25 Concordia 15
With Alexa Ellis serving, the Huskies go on a run up 7-2 with Thunder coach Brandon Thompson calling time out,
Huskies right side Haley Field gets her 34 service ace of the year to go up 13-5. Field scores yet another service ace.
Thunder time out, down 18-6.
Huskies allow Thunder back in the game briefly but secure the set.
Keyano 21 Concordia 25
Even matched play with Thunder playing stronger at the net attack.
Exciting volleyball with several long rallies.
Thunder head out to a 16-11 advantage.
Thunder rookie Tanielle Yacey playing strong for visitors.
Keyano 25 Concordia 21
Alex Ellis comes up big with a second tip followed by a floater for back-to-back points as the Huskies go up 11-9.
Thunder goes up 13-12 as Huskies fail to put up blockers.
Block by Jamie Ferns gives Huskies 18-14 advantage.
Keyano 25 Concordia 14
As was the case in the opening set, Ellis goes on a long serve run here team up 6-1.
A big time BANGO by Haley Field followed by a service ace by Faith Grant cap off the match.
Home Hardware Player of the Game for Huskies is Alexa Ellis with 33 assists and 6 kills. Teammate Jamie Ferns had 11 kills and 12 digs.
POG for Concordia Tanielle Yacey with 8 kills and 9 digs
Photo Lauren Huntley courtesy Sportsgate Fort McMurray