Rapid recovery

Gaels top Toronto after five-set loss

First-year Brett Hagarty (left) celebrates against Toronto last Sunday.
First-year Brett Hagarty (left) celebrates against Toronto last Sunday.
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The women’s volleyball team had mixed results this past weekend

They dropped their Saturday match to the Ryerson Rams in five sets and rebounded to beat the Toronto Varsity Blues three sets to one on Sunday afternoon.

The Gaels opened slowly against the Rams and were unable to recover. They overcame a two-set deficit to force a fifth, but the Rams took it 15-9 to claim the match.

Head coach Joely Christian-Macfarlane said the team’s early mistakes were costly.

“We gave them lots of points in the first two sets and then settled down for the last two. They are a good team and they played great defense, we couldn’t find a way to win in the fifth set,” she said.

Against the Varsity Blues, the Gaels needed only one set to find their footing. After dropping the first set 25-19, they rattled off three straight sets to take the match in four.

Outside hitter Colleen Ogilvie, right side hitter Kelsey Bishop and middle blocker Katie Neville all made above 10 kills and libero Shannon Walsh finished with a team high 22 digs. Neville said moving forward, the team needs to focus on its service return.

“[The return has] improved a lot, but we have a lot of first-years on the court that are new in the OUA and aren’t used to the level of serving that they are dealing with now,” she said.

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