Gryphon volleyball women come back for win

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons made it two wins in a row in OUA women’s volleyball play Friday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre when they won the final two sets of their match with the Waterloo Warriors to prevail 3-2.

The Gryphs won 27-25, 21-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-8. Guelph led in every set except the third one.

In the fifth and deciding set, the Gryphs rallied from a 4-2 deficit for the win. They scored five consecutive points to surge ahead and turned aside a rally attempt by Waterloo that had the gap closed to 7-6 with eight of the next 10 points to win the set.

Michaela Hellinga had 18 kills, 17 digs and three blocks for the Gryphs while Hazel Atkins had 12 kills, three aces and 15 digs, Libby Donevan had 11 kills, an ace, four digs and seven blocks, Jessica Chung had seven kills and five digs, Alex Curran had six kills, five aces, 19 digs, two blocks and 46 assists, Tara Tanasijevic had 21 digs and Jessica Gormley had three kills, two digs and five blocks.

Claire Mackenzie had 17 kills, three aces and 15 digs for Waterloo, Nicola Lopes had five kills, three aces, 16 digs and a block and Kelsey Caza had six kills, three aces, four digs and five blocks.

In all the Gryphs had 57 kills, nine aces, 104 digs, 18 blocks and 52 assists while Waterloo had 48 kills, 13 aces, 103 digs, 13 blocks and 45 assists.

The Gryphs (4-9) move into a tie for fourth in the West Division with the Windsor Lancers (4-8) while Waterloo is third at 5-8.

Guelph is to host the Lakehead Thunderwolves (3-10) Sunday at noon.

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