Gryphon volleyball women join logjam for fifth

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons moved into a three-way tie for fifth in the OUA women’s volleyball league’s West Division with a 3-1 victory over the Brock Badgers Saturday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

The Gryphs won 25-12, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23.

The result leaves the Gryphs at 3-9, same as the Lakehead Thunderwolves, and Brock at 3-7.

All remain in playoff contention as the top four in each division qualify for the crossover quarter-finals. Windsor Lancers are fourth in the West at 4-8 and the Waterloo Warriors are third 5-7.

The Gryphs led in all four sets and scored the first point in three of them. Two four-point runs put them in control of the first set while they scored the final five points in winning the second set. The third set went to Brock as the Gryphs never led again after scoring the first point, although they were tied five times during the set. After yielding the first two points of the fourth set, the Gryphs scored five in a row and were never headed again although the Badgers made it close in the end.

Guelph had 48 kills, eight aces, 64 digs and 18 blocks in the match while Brock had 38 kills, four aces, 48 digs and 11 blocks.

Michaela Hellinga had 20 kills, three aces, 10 digs and two blocks for the Gryphs while Libby Donevan had 12 kills, four digs and five blocks. Jessica Gormley had six kills, four digs and six blocks while Hazel Atkins had five kills, two aces and 11 digs, Laura Duncan had four kills, an ace, five kills and a block and Alex Curran had a kill, an ace, 10 digs, two blocks and 39 assists.

Renee Helmer had 10 kills, an ace, 11digs and a block and Emily Armstrong had a kill, two aces, five digs and 22 assists.

The Gryphs are to play four of their next five matches at home. They’re to host Waterloo Friday at 6 p.m. and Lakehead Jan. 28 at noon.

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