An exhilarating matchup last week has us looking forward to the upcoming home game
Mount Allison’s women’s volleyball team faced Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) this past Saturday, Jan. 19, in a four-set matchup here in Sackville. MSVU is currently ranked first in the league with 24 points, while Mt. A trails behind by only 8 points.
The first set started with an significant lead for MSVU. When the first timeout of the game was called, Mt. A was behind by 13 points, with the score at 25-12. Although the Mounties put forth their best efforts, the final score of the first set was ultimately 25-12 in favour of MSVU.
The Mounties tried to make a comeback in the second set but struggled to follow through. The first timeout of the set was called early in the game, with the score being 3-0 for MSVU. The strategic timeout calls by coach Paul Settle gave Mt. A an opportunity to swing the momentum. By the second timeout, Mt. A was only falling behind by nine points, making the score 16-7. Third-year Mountie setter, Rachel McDougall, was able to bring up the score through a streak of consecutive serves, which contributed to Mt. A’s 16 points against MSVU’s 23. The final score for the second set was 25-19 for MSVU. This gave MSVU a 2-0 lead.
As Settle pointed out to the team, “Small errors we were making were causing the point deficits.” Mt. A lead in points for the majority of the third set. The first timeout of the set was called with the score tied at 12-12. The third set saw some hard hits, tough serves and great dives, with both teams remaining neck and neck throughout. The second timeout of the set was called at 24-22 for the Mounties. The final score of the third set was 25-22 for Mt. A. This gave the Mounties a fighting chance against MSVU, who lead 2-1.
The fourth set saw the most action and had the crowd on the edges of their seats. The Mounties did not start off as strong as they previously had, but it was clear they were not giving up. The first timeout of the set was called with a score of 15-10 for MSVU. Mt. A lagged behind 21-14 at the last timeout of the game. A surprising call was made by a referee giving the game winning point to MSVU. Upon highly demanded review, the point was given to the Mounties. This left the final score at 25-21 for MSVU.
Despite the Mounties’ best efforts, MSVU won the game with 3-1 sets against Mt. A. The Mounties will play their next game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, against University of King’s College here in Sackville.