Brock women's volleyball wins 3-2 in five-set thriller against Waterloo
WATERLOO, Ont. – The Brock University women's volleyball team (3-5 OUA) triumphed in a back-and-forth five-set victory (11-25, 26-24, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13) against the Waterloo Warriors (2-5 OUA) on Saturday afternoon.
The first set was won handedly by Waterloo as the Badgers struggled to get anything going and dropped the set 25-11. Brock's kill percentage was in the negatives to start with only five kills and seven errors for a total of -7.1%.
The Badgers were able to bounce back in set number two by cutting down on the errors and more than doubling the previous sets kill total. Brock took a 16-12 lead heading into the technical timeout but the Warriors would come back to tie it up at 24 before the Badgers ultimately took the set 26-24.
The back-and-forth play would continue in the third set as Waterloo got off to a hot start to take an 8-3 lead early forcing Brock to call a timeout. The Badgers got on a roll following the timeout to take a 13-11 lead. The remainder of the set saw the Warriors take control giving them a 25-19 third set win and a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Warriors came out in the fourth set looking determined to end the match by taking a quick 8-4 advantage. But Brock was not ready to fall over just yet, as they chipped away to take a 16-15 lead heading into the technical timeout. The result in this set mirrored the second set as Waterloo brought the score back to a tie at 24 before the Badgers got the 26-24 win to send the match to a fifth and decisive set.
Brock played their best set of the match when it mattered most as the team had 10 kills and only three errors to give them an excellent killing percentage of 36.8%. Yet, the Warriors were able to get ahead early taking an 8-5 lead as the teams switched sides. The Badgers got key hits from sophomore Hayley Orr (London, Ont.) and a pair of perfect tips from sophomore setter Lauren Stirling (Whitby, Ont.) to help lead them to the 15-13 victory in the deciding set.
Orr led the Badgers on offense with her career best game recording 13 kills and 16 digs for the double-double. Senior Jennifer McKenzie (Surrey, B.C.) had nine kills in the match, while also adding six block assists and one solo block. Senior Shenise Power (North Vancouver, B.C.) and freshman Tess Newey (Hampton, Ont.) followed with seven kills apiece. Freshman libero Karlinna O'Leary (Whitby, Ont.) led Brock with 17 digs on defense.
Shannon Lodoen (Waterloo, Ont.) was a force for the Warriors connecting on 16 kills and collecting a match high of 23.5 points. Clara Tse and Gillian Henderson followed with 11 kills each. Alice Li had 14 digs to lead her team on defense.
For the match, Brock hit .153 registering 47 kills with 26 errors on 137 attempts. The Warriors hit .146 collecting 52 kills and 29 errors on 157 attempts.
The Badgers will travel to Hamilton on Nov. 24th to take on the McMaster Marauders before they come home to host the Ryerson Rams on Nov. 25th at 1pm in the Bob Davis Gymnasium.