December 11, 2018

Conestoga College’s women’s volleyball team scored their first win of the season with a 3-0 victory Saturday evening versus the Boréal Vipers at the Doon campus.

The match was the first of a two-game weekend at home for the Condors.

Conestoga won in straight sets, winning their first two with 25-15 and 25-16 wins, respectively. The third was a closer set but the Condors were able to best the Vipers 25-20 to take the game.

Conestoga’s Olivia Bender led her team with eight kills, with setter Jessica Patterson leading the Condors with 12 assists.

Conestoga’s Natalie Walsh (left) and Savanah Samms (right) attempt to block Boreal’s play during the Condors 3-0 victory against the Vipers in women’s volleyball action on Nov. 10 at the Conestoga Student Recreation Centre. Photo by Phil Courtemanche, Spoke News

With the win, the Condors move to a 1-2 record this season, putting them at seventh in the OCAA Western Division.

“It was really exciting to win the first game of the season,” said Condors setter Jessica Patterson. “I thought we fought really hard for it and I’m proud of all the girls.”

“Today our main focus was getting our serves over and making sure we handled free balls,” said Condors outside hitter Savanah Samms. “We knew coming into this game that there would be a lot of free balls and we planned to work on [our] middle attacks. But for tomorrow, if we keep up the same energy that we had today, if we go strong, it could be possible to get our second win.”

Conestoga’s Olivia Bender leaps to send the ball over to Boréal’s side during the Condors 3-0 victory against the Vipers in women’s volleyball action Nov. 10 at the Conestoga Student Recreation Centre. Photo by Phil Courtemanche, Spoke News

“I think we got the job done. At the end of the day, it wasn’t really pretty,” said Conestoga head coach Haiqi Liu. “We’re still pretty young as a team, going through some growing pains.”

While he was pleased with the team’s first win, Liu had some things he wants the team to improve upon for future games.

“Our serving was nowhere near as consistent as it needs to be in order to compete against some of the top teams in our conference,” he said. “We have a tough match against Cambrian tomorrow and hopefully we’ll learn some lessons from this evening.”

The team won’t have much time to celebrate their first win, as the Condors’ next game is back at the Conestoga Student Recreation Centre on Nov. 11 at 12 p.m. against Cambrian College.

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