Gryphon volleyball women nip Waterloo to vault into fourth

WATERLOO – The Guelph Gryphons ran their OUA women’s volleyball league winning streak to four matches Saturday when they slipped by the Waterloo Warriors 3-2 at Waterloo’s Physical Activities Complex.

The Gryphs had to rally for the victory as they won the first set 25-15 before Waterloo took the second one 25-22 and the third one 25-21. A 25-18 win for Guelph in the fourth set forced the fifth set and Guelph responded with a 15-10 victory.

Michaela Hellinga collected 16 kills, 16 digs and a block for the Gryphs while Libby Donevan had 13 kills, three aces, six digs and four blocks and Laura Duncan had eight kills, five digs and two blocks. Jessica Gormley followed with seven kills, an ace, five digs and six blocks while Hazel Atkins had five kills, 13 digs and two blocks and Alex Curran had a kill, two aces, 15 digs, five blocks and 42 assists. Tara Tanasijevic had 10 digs while Jessica Chung had nine digs and a block and Kayla McMullen also had nine digs.

Claire Mackenzie led Waterloo with 19 kills, an ace and 11 digs while Kelsey Caza had 12 kills, an ace, a dig and two blocks and Katrine Eistrat had three kills, two aces, five digs, two blocks and 34 assists. Sarah Remedios had 23 digs and five assists, Brooklyn Gallant had seven kills, an ace, 15 digs, a block and two assists and Alyssa Lafantaisie had six kills, an ace and 12 digs.

With the win, the Gryphs vault over the Warriors and into fourth in the West Division at 6-9. However, Waterloo is at 5-9 and has a game in hand.

The Gryphs are in a four-way battle for third in the division and two of the teams will not qualify for the playoffs that start with the crossover quarter-finals. All four teams have suffered nine losses, but the Windsor Lancers have seven wins, Guelph six, Waterloo five and Brock Badgers four.

Guelph has four games left on its regular-season schedule. They’re to host the Toronto Varsity Blues (10-4) Friday at 6 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Complex and the Trent Excalibur (0-13) Saturday at 6 p.m. at the GGAC. They’re also to play the Western Mustangs (11-4) at London Feb. 23 and the Lancers at Windsor Feb. 25.


Gryphons 3 Warriors 2
Guelph 25 Waterloo 15
Waterloo 25 Guelph 22
Waterloo 25 Guelph 21
Guelph 25 Waterloo 18
Guelph 15 Waterloo 10
Kills: Guelph 55; Waterloo 63
Errors: Guelph 16; Waterloo 36
Total Attacks: Guelph 161; Waterloo 209
Kill Percentage: Guelph .242; Waterloo .129
Assists: Guelph 50; Waterloo 62
Aces: Guelph 7; Waterloo 7
Service Errors: Guelph 4; Waterloo 5
Return Errors: Guelph 7; Waterloo 7
Digs: Guelph 94; Waterloo 82
Solo Blocks: Guelph 4; Waterloo 1
Assisted Blocks: Guelph 18; Waterloo 8
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