Red Deer, AB – Four Queens pounded five or more kills and the home team downed the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in three sets 25-15, 25-21 and 25-19, taking the weekend series.
The Queens' balanced attack was on display in the opening half of the first set (12-8). RDC Queens setter Emma Letkeman effectively spread the ball around. Four RDC student-athletes had a pair of kills each - Tess Pearman, Emma Holmes, Sydney Rix and Jade Van Dyke. Mack Lewicki led the way for the Kodiaks with three kills during that stretch. Edyn Aasman and Emma Holmes helped the home team expand their lead, solidifying a 25-15 win.
When the Queens led 14-9 in the second set, Kodiaks Head Coach Anna Schwark called a timeout and it provided a boost. Kills from Claire Armstrong and Mack Lewicki reduced the deficit to two (15-17). Then RDC eventually bumped its lead to four with a kill from Emma Holmes, her ninth, and the Queens wrapped up a 25-21 decision.
In the third set, a stuff block on the right side from setter Emma Letkeman pushed RDC up 9-6. It was the Queens' seventh stuff of the match. RDC expanded on its three point lead. Sydney Rix capped off a 25-19 victory with a kill.
Emma Holmes was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game, leading both sides with ten kills. The outside hitter from Red Deer added two stuff blocks, one dig and one assist.
Jamie Brown received the award for the Kodiaks. She contributed seven kills, five assists, three digs and one stuff block. Mack Lewicki totaled eight kills, six digs and one assist. Johanna Dixon had 14 assists one one ace.
Tess Pearman contributed seven kills for RDC. Alexandria Greenshields had six and Jade Van Dyke chipped in with five. Setter Emma Letkeman finished with 20 assists, four digs, two kills, two aces and one stuff block.
As a group, the Queens recorded eight stuff blocks. The Kodiaks responded with three.
On Friday, Jan. 24, the Queens (12-2) will host the Ambrose University Lions (10-4) at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at 6:00 pm. The Kodiaks (2-12) and Broncos (2-11) will hit the Lethbridge court on Friday, Jan. 17 at 6:00 pm.