WVB | Kodiaks 2, Rattlers 3
Jan. 10, 2019 - It wasn’t the new year’s start the Kodiaks women’s volleyball team was hoping for, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism after a tough 3-2 (24-16, 25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 15-7) setback against rival Medicine Hat College on Thursday night.
Looking to turn their season around after a disappointing 2-10 first semester, the Kodiaks looked rejuvenated and twice had a lead against their Highway 3 rivals.
Each time, a desperate Rattlers team stormed back to tie the match.
With their playoff hopes on the line, the visitors then grabbed an early lead in the fifth set and never looked back.
The teams battled back and forth in an exciting opening set. With the score tied at 24, the hosts managed to take an early lead thanks to a Jamie Brown block and a Sianna Cherweniuk kill.
After the Rattlers tied the match with a 25-22 set two victory, the Kodiaks regained the lead with a commanding 25-17 win in set three. Carley Doneff had four kills in the frame for the Kodiaks while Brown added three to put the hosts one set from a semester opening victory.
Alas, it was not to be. Determined to avoid defeat, Medicine Hat’s Janelle Neyron landed seven kills in a 25-19 Rattlers set four win.
In the decisive fifth set, Medicine Hat raced out to a 3-0 lead and overpowered a Kodiaks team that suddenly couldn’t get things settled on offense.
Mac Lewicki had a strong game on both sides of the ball, striking for 11 kills and adding 16 digs.
Fifth-year veteran Laura Serafini was efficient in the middle, hitting down 10 kills with just one error.
The win improves the Rattlers to 8-7 and keeps them in playoff contention in the ACAC south division. Lethbridge falls to 2-11.
Both teams will rest Friday before engaging in a rematch Saturday afternoon in Medicine Hat.