May 29, 2024

The Conestoga women’s volleyball team lost their third game of the season Sunday afternoon versus the Cambrian Golden Shield 3-2 at the Conestoga Student Recreation Centre.

The loss comes a day after the team got their first win of the season against the Boréal Vipers.

The Condors were down by two sets but managed to come back and tie, forcing the game to a fifth set that was subsequently won by Cambrian.

Condors player Jessica Ball goes to save an incoming Cambrian ball during their game on Sunday, Nov. 11. Photo by Phil Courtemanche

The teams were evenly matched with Cambrian taking the first set 28-26 and the second 25-19. The Condors comeback saw them take the third set 31-29 and the fourth 26-24. Cambrian won the game with a 15-13 win in the tie breaking set.

With the loss, Conestoga’s record moves to 1-3 for the season. They currently sit at seventh in the OCAA Western division.

Conestoga’s Lorena Tasedan led her team with 17 kills, and Condors setter Jessica Patterson had the most assists with 37.

Conestoga’s Lorena Tasedan prepares to bump an incoming ball during the Condors game against Cambrian on Sunday, Nov. 11. Photo by Phil Courtemanche

Conestoga players spoke about the Condors comeback that sent the game to a fifth set.

“We fought really hard in the third set and had an amazing comeback,” said Patterson. “We really relied on our tough serves to get us through and the power of our hitters. In the fourth set we were still fighting really hard and we came back from [being down] 16 to 20 which was pretty amazing. We gave it our all in the last set but it was just not enough.”

Conestoga’s Olivia Bender sends the ball to Cambrian’s side during their game on Sunday, Nov. 11. Photo by Phil Courtemanche

“We had a slow start in the first two sets, but we started to pull it together in the third one,” said Condors outside hitter Olivia Bender. “We played well at the end there, just those little unforced errors like missed serves, but we came back which was good so we’ll get the next one.”

Conestoga head coach Haiqi Liu still wants to see improvements to his team’s serving going into their next game.

“Serving wise, we were still extremely inconsistent. [The team was] just making so many young mistakes today,” he said. “It’s really important that we try and learn from these errors. The fact that we came back, [it] was pretty nice to see that we can be resilient. But unfortunately the result wasn’t really what we wanted.”

The Condors will look to rebound from Sunday’s loss in their next game at Sheridan College on Nov. 17.

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