This past weekend, Brock’s volleyball teams travelled to Kingston for a pair of games each, as they looked to continue their success from opening weekend.
On Friday, both teams took on RMC. The women’s team, ranked sixth in the country, won their game in four sets (25-17, 25-13, 20-25, 25-12), while the men came away with a sweep (25-16, 25-23, 25-22).
“We were okay tonight. We got some key players some rest for the game tomorrow against Queen’s. Our rookies came in and did well and everyone who’s on the roster got on the court, so it was a good team victory for us,” said women’s head coach Steve Delaney.
Second-year Christina Jovetic led the women with 12 points and 10 kills, while rookie Aleiah Torres led with 10 digs and fourth-year Morgan Monkman dazzled with four aces and 10 points.
For the men, rookies Nanle Yusuf and Grant Reddon led way. Yusuf had a team high 16 points, 10 kills and three aces, while Reddon led with 20 assists.
On Saturday, the Badgers travelled to Kingston for a bit of a more challenging task, in the Queen’s Golden Gaels.
The women started off the night with a 3-0 win (25-18, 25-16, 25-19), remaining undefeated on the season as they move to 4-0.
Fifth-year Darby Taylor led the team on offence with 16 points and 11 kills, with fourth-year Emily Armstrong leading the way on defence with 13 digs and 23 assists.
“Tonight was a great win. Our blocking and our defence was fantastic tonight. We also got back two key pieces to our lineup, with Grace Edwards and Grace Pyatt making key contributions after missing the first two games with injuries. It was a really good team character win for us tonight, winning 3-0 on the road is fantastic, so that was great. It’s a good feeling but we’ve got a lot of work left to do,” said Delaney.
The men followed up the women’s sweep of the Gaels with a strong fight but ultimately lost in five sets (20-25, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 10-15).
“After going down 0-2, we rallied back to force a fifth set, where some errors and, unfortunately, an injury proved costly for us. It was a great battle for us, especially since it was our first true road trip of the season. We played a lot at home in our pre-season and first weekend so to get a taste of ‘on the road’ was a great experience for our guys heading into another travel weekend next Saturday. To play in a packed atmosphere versus a top ranked team in the OUA and U Sports [Queen’s] was a big stepping stone for us and I believe we answered the challenge for our next trip,” said men’s head coach Matt Ragogna.
Yusuf again led the offence, leading the team in points, 17 and 15 kills. He also added seven digs on defence, while Brazilian international student Marcelo Muniz Correa led with 38 assists and three aces.
Both teams will take on the York Lions this Saturday in Toronto and then head to North Bay to face the Nipissing Lakers on Sunday.