JVC Reign (2-0) 3-1 Cold Garden Tropikills (0-2)
MVPs: Andi Price, Amanda Moppett-Beatch
After two rounds in the Calgary Premier League, JVC Reign remains undefeated after taking down the Cold Garden Tropikills in four sets on Monday. JVC was coming off of a straight sets victory over CMS Crush the week prior, and is looking every bit like an early contender for Premier League champion.
The teams traded points throughout the first set, neither squad pulling out to a lead of more than two until the very end. Reign setter Leah Shevkenek stepped back to the service line with the scoreline 23-22, and fired in two quick service aces to steal a close first set over Cold Garden. The second set played out in much the same way, except this time it was the Tropikills’ turn to pull away at the end and steal a few late-set points. Cold Garden leftside Victoria Dakin and middle Jaimie Thibeault were the main offensive guns for their team in this set, while rightside and eventual Tropikills’ player of the match Amanda Moppett-Beatch was a consistent option from anywhere on the court.
The third set was all JVC, who jumped out to an early lead and never lost it. Cold Garden had no answer for the swings of Andi Price and Meaghan Mealey, while the Tropikills biggest threat in Jaimie Thibeault was held to nine kills by tough serving from their opponents. The fourth set, while not as close as the previous one, played out like another chapter in the same story: untimely errors from the Tropikills gave the Reign, who already looked comfortable siding out, too much of an advantage for Cold Garden to overcome.
Round 3 will be played on June 25th in the SAIT Campus Centre gymnasium, as Cold Garden tries to find their first win and Reign will look to stay out of the loss column for another week.
Trolley 5 HITT Venom (2-0) 3-0 CMS Crush (0-2)
MVPs: Alex Donaghy, Megan Brennan
Round 2’s second women’s matchup of the night saw another undefeated team, the Trolley 5 Venom, face off against another winless team in CMS Crush. The Venom cleaned up in straight sets, denying the Crush a set win for the second week in a row.
The one-two punch of Venom leftsides Alex Donaghy and Tiffany Proudfoot proved difficult for the Crush to stop, both players combining for 20 kills on the night. The Venom took the first set with a comfortable six point lead (25-19) and lost no momentum coming into the second, controlling the set from start to finishing and winning 25-18 after four straight missed serves from the Crush. Megan Brennan, leftside for CMS, picked up most of the slack offensively with a team-high 11 kills while Taylor Wickson had 6 kills out of the middle on 8 attempts for a ridiculous 75% hitting efficiency.
The third set was another Venom showcase as Trolley 5 kept their foot on the gas and led 24-17, poised to make it a quick 3-0. Crush wasn’t quite finished, however, pushing to score 5 straight points and bring the score to 22-24. At this point, the Venom’s first pick in the draft Tiffany Proudfoot decided the game was close enough and ended the match on a kill from the rightside, her 11th of the night.
Tune in or come watch Round 3 live on June 25th, where Trolley 5 and JVC Reign will battle to see who remains undefeated and Cold Garden faces the Crush for a spot in the win column.
Smashing Gavels (2-0) 3-2 Dinos (1-1)
MVPs: Connor Frehlich, Jordan Lantz
The opening match of Round 3 on the men’s side was another barnburner, resulting in a 15-13, 5th set win by the Vogel LLP Smashing Gavels over Dinos Volleyball. This makes two five-setters in as many matches for the Dinos, who won the last one over the JVC Timberjacks.
The first set was controlled largely by the Gavels, led by Regan Fathers on the attack. The high-flying Aussie, his team’s second pick in the draft, along with former University of Calgary rightside Connor Frehlich led their team to a healthy 19-12 lead over the Dinos in the opener, closing out it out soon after at 25-18.
The Dinos would respond in the following sets, making a few lineup changes and slowing the Gavels down. Up 2-0 in the second set, the Dinos blockers got up on two outside swings from Fathers and gave the audience two of the biggest blocks we’ve seen in the Premier League so far back to back, grabbing the early lead in entertaining fashion. Up 24-22, the Dinos equalized the set score with another big block on Regan Fathers.
The third set saw the Gavels try out a few new players in their rotation, but the Dinos stuck to a more consistent game and won the set with an identical scoreline, 25-22. Jordan Lantz was reliable in the middle and gave the Dinos the offensive push they needed to put themselves back in the drivers seat. In the fourth set it was the Gavels’ turn to strike back, relying on clutch kills from Fathers and leftside Chris Brunet off the bench to go the distance and take it to five sets. Up 23-22, libero Calvin Siebert served up an ace to make it set point for the Gavels, and Regan Fathers found a way through a triple block to force the 5th set.
Trading points throughout the final set, the Dinos found themselves down 10-14 (after an ace from Connor Frehlich) before putting three straight points together to give the Gavels a scare. With the game on the line, Chris Brunet passed and swung for the final kill of the match to finish it at 15-13.
WM Greenbacks (1-1) 3-0 JVC Timberjacks (0-2)
MVPs: Tim Taylor, Caleb Hickok
The second match of the night was a quick one, as the Greenbacks made short work of the Timberjacks thanks to outstanding play from Time Taylor and Keith West.
Getting off to a 7-2 run in the opening frame, the Greenbacks were able to hold on to a comfortable 5 point lead for most of the first set. Riley Friesen, the Timberjacks first pick in the draft, had some difficulty finding the success he had during last week’s match against the Smashing Gavels. Up 24-20, Keith West hammered a crosscourt kill to take the first set.
The Greenbacks kept rolling in the second, despite much cleaner play from the Timberjacks. The weapons at the Greenbacks disposal, namely Taylor and West, were too hot to handle in this set; Taylor scored back to back aces on the JVC serve receive, West came up big down the stretch with some momentum-building kills, and rightside Nic Dubinsky put in work on his side of the net as well. Although the ‘Jacks cut the lead to two at 17-19 after a kill from Riley Friesen, the Greenbacks responded with a 6-1 run to take the second set 25-18.
West heated up in the third set, firing in big serves and clutch kills while the Timberjacks struggled with passing and unforced errors. The serving of the Greenbacks was a constant source of frustration for JVC over the entire game, and up 24-17 the serve of Liam Laidlaw careened off the platform of a Timberjack passer and out to secure the victory.
Round 3 will be played on June 25th, where the Timberjacks look for their first win of the season against the undefeated Smashing Gavels. Meanwhile, the Greenbacks will face the Dinos for uncontested possession of second place in the rankings.