A win and a loss for the UKC women who started their season off with a pair of road games. Friday evening the Blue Devils travelled to the home of their local Halifax rivals, the MSVU Mystics, for the first match of the ACAA regular season. Despite the match ending 3-0 in favour of the Mount, the Blue Devils maintained a close score in the first and third sets, losing by 20-25 and 23-25 respectively. The black-sheep score occurred in the second set, where King’s was soundly bested by a score of 14-25. The match was the ACAA debut for a number of King’s rookies, notably outside hitter, Frances Cooke, who has quickly established herself as powerful hitter for the Blue Devils.
Given a day’s rest, the UKC women next travelled to Moncton to be hosted by the Crandall Chargers in a Sunday afternoon fixture. A lethargic first set saw King’s finish 8 points off pace, with Crandall taking an early lead by a score of 25-17. The Blue Devils found their form in the second set, taking it 25-21, before posting 25-22 winning score in the third and fourth sets.
The initial outlook this early on for Beate Shannon’s side looks promising. A pair of competitive sets at the home of the reigning league champions in the season opener isn’t a particularly damaging loss and a quick rebound win on the road against Crandall indicates roster depth is not a major concern. A home opener on Sunday afternoon against Holland College will paint a clearer picture of where the Blue Devils stand in relation to the rest of the league, with the Hurricanes having won their first two matches of the season against Dal AC and St. Thomas.
@MSVU: 0-3 Loss
@Crandall: 3-1 Win
vs. Holland College, November 6th 5 p.m.