The Trent Excalibur varsity women’s volleyball team was able to overcome a rocky start as they downed the Fleming College Knights 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-18, 25-21) at the Trent Community Sport and Recreation Centre on Wednesday. The win is the first of 2012 for the Excalibur, and is the second time Trent has knocked off their crosstown-rival in the 2011-12 season.
Trent came out of the gates slowly as the visiting Knights took the first set. Once the Excalibur were able to shake away the rust from the holiday break, they took the next three sets in commanding fashion.
Balanced scoring was the name of the game for Trent. The Excalibur had four players with at least seven kills in the match, lead by Rebecca Staalduinen’s nine. Sara Rettie (Newmarket, Ont.) and Sarah McLaren (Renfrew, Ont.) had eight kills each while Gillian Ferguson-Martin (Winnipeg, Man.) had seven.
McLaren added four blocks and one ace for a 13 point night to lead all scorers. Van Staalduinen (Peterborough, Ont.) added two blocks to her nine kills, while Rettie added two aces and one block to finish with 11 points each.
Claire Ball (Orillia, Ont.) had 12 kills to lead the Knights. Rachel Loch (Lakeshore, Ont.) added nine kills and two blocks for Fleming in the losing effort.
With the win, Trent improves to 9-2 in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association East Divison, which is good enough for second place. The next action for the Excalibur will be January 18 when they host the Durham Lords for a 6pm start.