It’s been a good season for the Brock women’s volleyball team under head coach, Dale Melnick. Through the first 14 games of the season, the Badgers were .500 at 7-7. They were in second place in the OUA West, which would be enough to host a first round playoff game. However, since Jan. 11, the wheels have started to fall off. The Badgers dropped a tough one to their arch rivals, the McMaster Marauders, followed by another loss to the No. 8-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees.
That brought them into their final weekend of the regular season, where the Badgers were sitting at 7-9, closing out the year by playing three straight nights in three different cities for the first time in franchise history.
On Jan. 30, the Badgers hosted their final home game of the season against the Lakehead Thunderwolves, which also happened to be senior night for graduates Lauren Stirling, Katie Murray and Nicole Arthurs, as well as student trainer Jessica Swallow.
“This group of young ladies will be sorely missed, but will always be part of the Badgers family,” said Melnick. “Each one of these girls has given so much to the program and university in different ways. It was also great to see a number of volleyball alumni in attendance tonight, being here to be part of the annual senior day celebration.”
The Thunderwolves came into this match in last place in the OUA West with just two wins on the season. They certainly didn’t play like a last place team, as they came out aggressive, taking the opponent set 25-22. The Badgers, who have been a great team when trailing all-season, took the second set 25-23. However, the momentum quickly shifted back in Lakehead’s favour, as they would take the third and fourth sets 25-12, 25-17, spoiling senior night for the Badgers.
On Jan. 31, the Badgers were in Windsor. Again, the Lancers, a team far below the Badgers in the standings with just four wins on the year, crushed Brock three sets to none, handing the Badgers their fourth consecutive loss.
Finally, on Feb. 1, the Badgers were in London to take on the Western Mustangs in their final game of the regular season, and won 3-1 clinching third place in the OUA West.
With the Badgers finishing in third place with a record of 8-11, they will travel to Guelph to take on the Gryphons in the first round of the OUA playoffs.