Women’s volleyball right back at it
By Davie Wong, Sports Editor
The women’s volleyball team went into the bye weekend on a hot streak. Having won three out of four games to start the year, the Royals have looked deadly as of late. This week against the College of the Rockies Avalanche, they let the PACWEST know that no break can take the edge of their team.
The Royals squad came out in the first set looking organized and precise. They grabbed a huge 25–14 set win to start the game. With everything in motion, the Avalanche turned it on and fought hard in the second set. However, the Royals had too many weapons for the Avalanche, and they showed them how they use them, snagging the second set 25–20.
Pushed against the wall, the College of the Rockies squad were determined to not be beat. They gave the Royals all they had. Both teams trading kills, aces, and errors throughout the set with neither team able to find an edge. In a perhaps surprising result, the visiting team just had a little more than the Royals, and managed to fight their way back, taking the set 27–25.
The fourth set had a similar thrill to the third. The Avalanche, determined to push the game to a fifth set, came out swinging. However, the Royals pushed just as hard to close the game out. Point after point went down, as the tension grew and grew. It reached a boiling point when the Avalanche tied the game at 24–24. But the Royals have been here many times. Their cool and calm demeanour allowed them to close out the game and take the set 26–24 and the game 3–1.
The next day, the two were back at it again. However, it was a far different result. From the first serve, the Royals dominated the ball. A disastrous first set for the Avalanche gave the Royals a 25–11 set win. The second set was hardly any better for the visitors, and the home team just pounded away on the ball on their way to a 25–12 set win.
The third set was the closest the Avalanche ever got to winning a set, but they were still firmly defeated with a 25–15 set loss. The Royals came away with the game sweep 3–1, and maintain their position at second in the PACWEST. They sit a single game behind the VIU Mariners, and a single game ahead of the Capilano Blues.