The Blue Devils endured a difficult stretch of road games this week with Mount Allison, MSVU and Holland College, along with a home date with UNBSJ. Beginning in Sackville at Mount Allison University, King’s fell short 3-1 in their first match of the weekend with the Mounties. That split the series, given the Mounties’ first-term loss in Halifax. An untimely injury to King’s outside hitter, Halle Andreasen, made matters worse, with the Saskatchewan native forced off in the second set. Despite the slow start and Andreasen’s departure, the Blue Devils nearly forced five sets, dropping the fourth, and decisive set 21-25. King’s returned to Halifax for a quick turnaround visit to Mount Saint Vincent University in Bedford. Despite an absolute 25-12 mauling of their opponents in the second set, Beate Shannon’s side finished on the short end of a 1-3 score. The Mount won the first, third, and fourth sets 25-16, 25-18, and 25-19.
Entering the January 30th game week on a three-match skid, the Blue Devils understood the value and urgency of the upcoming home match against UNBSJ. Maintaining their strong home form, the UKC Women cruised to a 3-1 win over the Seawolves, including a dominant 4th set wherein they outscored their visitors 25-7. A Sunday trip to Holland College represented a difficult blow to the Halifax side who, having bested the Hurricanes at home in a 5-set match, came up just a hair short in Charlottetown, losing out 2-3 after a 14-16 fifth set.
Despite the unfortunate run of form, the UKC Women still sit in a favorable position ahead of the postseason seeding. With three games left to play, the Blue Devils are tied for 4th, and just two games back from the second placed MSVU Mystics, whom the King’s will host in the coming gameweek. A pair of games against USTA will round out the regular season for Blue Devils. King’s polished off the Yarmouth side 3-0 in their first and only meeting so far this season in early December.
@MTA 1-3 Loss
@MSVU 1-3 Loss
vs. UNSBJ 3-1 Win
@Holland 2-3 Loss
@USTA, February 11 2pm