A massive win for the UKC women in their home opener battling back from two sets down to knock off the undefeated Holland Hurricanes, 3-2. It was a challenging start to the match. The Blue Devils dropped the first set by a score of 22-25, before suffering a 15-25 routing in the second by the in-form Hurricanes. With morale seemingly broken and the Holland players and travelling fans eager to round off the match and head back to the island, Beate Shannon’s side stepped onto the court in the third set and found a new gear altogether. The Blue Devils rallied, winning the third set by a score of 25-22 in a nail-biter. The score rested at 23-22 before UKC finished it off. That win was a shot in the arm for the Blue Devils, who started the 4th set on a 5-0 serving spree by Halle Andreasen taking the lead and never looking back. By the 5th set the tone of the room had inverted completely. A rowdy batch of King’s fans and fellow athletes urged on the UKC Women, who again took an early lead, this time from three consecutive kills from Ella Walsh, and finished off the set and match 15-12. Rookie France Cooke continued her strong start on the court at King’s, registering a team high nine kills and helping the Blue Devils to a 1-0 record at home.
While the celebrations are certainly warranted given the nature of the win, they must be brief. A rare Friday evening fixture on the road in New Brunswick will see the UKC Women square off against the St. Thomas Tommies in Fredericton at 6 p.m. on November 11th. The Blue Devils will then travel to Saint John for their first meeting of the year with the UNBSJ Seawolves, with that match set to tip at 12 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Should they emerge from the weekend undefeated, the UKC Women have a good chance at climbing higher in the ACAA standings, where they currently sit tied for 3rd.
vs. Holland 3-2 Win
@STU, November 11th, 6 p.m.
@UNBSJ, November 12, 12 p.m.