Gryphon volleyball women dispose of Lakehead

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons opened the 2018 portion of their OUA women’s volleyball season with a win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre Friday night to equal the number of wins they had attained in the 2017 segment.

The Gryphs defeated Lakehead 3-1, winning 25-16, 25-12, 26-28, 25-15.

The win lifted Guelph’s record to 2-8 while Lakehead fell to 3-5.

Michaela Hellinga had 13 kills, four aces and eight digs for the Gryphs while Libby Donevan had nine kills, two aces, two digs and six blocks. Jessica Gormley collected six kills, two aces, a dig and three blocks and Laura Duncan had eight kills, an ace, nine digs and a block. Alex Curran had a kill, 36 assists, 10 digs and a block while Hazel Atkins had seven kills, two aces, three digs and a block.

Meghan Routier had 12 kills, nine digs and a block for Lakehead while Leah Mousseau had nine kills, an assist, three aces and five digs.

Overall, the Gryphs had 45 kills, 38 assists, 12 aces, 51 digs and 13 blocks while Lakehead had 39 kills, 36 assists, seven aces, 52 digs and five blocks.

The hosts needed runs in each set as they trailed at some point in each one. A six-point run in the first set helped the Gryphs recover from an early three-point deficit. They also trailed early in the second set, but a 16-1 run turned that around. The Gryphs came back from a seven-point deficit in the third set, but Lakehead scored the final three points to win it. Guelph wasn’t behind for long in the fourth set as Lakehead never led after being up 2-1. A five-point run in the middle stages of the set put the Gryphs comfortably ahead.

The Gryphs are tied with the Brock Badgers (2-6) for sixth in the West Division, but Brock has two games in hand. The Badgers, though, have lost five in a row. Top four in the division qualify for the playoffs and the Waterloo Warriors (4-6) and Windsor Lancers (4-7) are tied for third. McMaster Marauders lead at 8-1 while Western Mustangs are second at 6-3.

The game was the first of four home games this month for the Gryphs. They’re to play at McMaster Friday before hosting Brock Jan. 20, Waterloo Jan. 26 and Lakehead again Jan. 28.

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