The Brock Badgers women’s volleyball team travelled to Guelph on Friday night, where they came out shorthanded after losing the match 3-1 (17-25, 11-25, 25-21, 14-25). Unfortunately for Brock, senior Nicole Arthurs injured her bad knee during warm-ups, which in turn, began the evening on a gloomy note. The Badgers trailed 8-1 in the opening set and were never able to find their way as they dropped sets one and two 25-17, and 25-11. Brock cut it to 2-1 after winning game three 25-21, but the tough Gryphons squad battled back and took game four 25-14 and the set 3-1. Brock lost their first two games, and won the third by a score of 25-21. The Gryphons went on to defeat the Badgers in the fourth and final game of the night, 25-14. Renee Helmer led the offensive game for Brock, finishing with 13 kills and six digs. Maddie Brown managed to notch six kills, and Katie Murray managed five. Lauren Sterling played the role of the helper, collecting 23 assists and six digs. Libero Karlinna O’Leary was good enough for 13 digs on the night. The Badgers had 33 kills and 30 errors on 122 attempts.
The Badgers were quick to turn around Saturday’s misfortune, and came out strong against the Lakehead Thunderwolves women’s volleyball team, who are now 1-7 in the OUA. In the first set, Lakehead experienced major difficulty with Brock’s service game, and was unable to convert on the attack. After winning the first set 25-19, Lakehead found their composure and was able to fight off the Badgers in the second set, winning by a mere 25-23 score, with Brock almost being able to convert a late comeback attempt. Brock used this as motivation, and was able to re-claim control in the third set, and would eventually translate their momentum into the final set of the afternoon, notching a 3-1 victory.
Once again, Renee Helmer, who managed to get 13 kills and 13 digs, led Brock’s offensive game. Abby Jenkins had a noble outing for the Badgers, earning 10 kills and six digs. Lauren Sterling rose to her potential and acted as a solid contributor for Brock, producing seven kills and nine digs. Libero Karlinna O’Leary led the defensive game, picking up 19 digs against the Thunderwolves. The Badgers achieved 46 kills and 21 errors on 140 total attempts throughout the afternoon.
The Brock Badgers women’s volleyball team is now 5-4 in the OUA, and will face off against RMC on Friday, November 21st on the road.