Reporter: Luke Callebert
Seeking consistency, the Lords women’s volleyball team dominated their rematch with the George Brown Huskies, sweeping them 3-0 on Jan. 23. The win was a bit of revenge following a close 3-2 loss to the Huskies earlier in the season.
“We went out and did what we needed to do,” said 2012-13 Durham College female athlete of the year, Melissa Semeniuk. “It was nice to sweep them, a bit of revenge.”
Semeniuk sat out the game after aggravating a previous shoulder injury. She had surgery on her shoulder last year after the athletic banquet and the team does not want to take any chances on re-tearing it.
Not having Semeniuk didn’t stop the Lords, though, as they won all three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-15.
The Lords’ service game was on fire all night long, finishing the night with 14 aces. In the early going of the first set, Durham fell behind 8-4 but a three-serve run from Meghan Renwick and then an eight- serve run from Jessica Broad opened things up for Durham, leaving them with a commanding 16-10 lead.
The Lords never looked back.
Capitalizing on the change of pace in the set, Durham received key kills from Broad, Allison Doris and Madison Pilon, which helped to keep the momentum going in the Lords’ favour. Broad would finish the night with five kills, four service aces and a block. Pilon would finish with four kills.
“The girls played awesome tonight,” said head coach Shane Christopher. “It was really good to see.”
When asked if anyone stood out in the game, Christopher couldn’t pinpoint anyone, saying all of the 14 players he rotated throughout the night stepped up when called upon and played a solid, consistent game for the Lords.
Semeniuk had no trouble picking a standout player, though.
“Madison in the middle, she had good steps and good blocking,” said Semeniuk.
“She also spiked one off a girl’s face over there, which we enjoyed.”
The win moves Durham two points back of the Canadore Panthers in the east division. The Lords had the chance to make up those two points when they played the Panthers on Jan. 25.
“We have a tough game Saturday,” said Christopher. “We need to win it.”