MONCTON, NB - The Chargers Women's Volleyball Team have made history, claiming their first regular season win in program history on Sunday afternoon. It was another nail biting roller coaster of a game that took the full 5 sets to decide, ultimately though Crandall would come out on top over the Universite Saint-Anne Dragons 3-2 (19,25 25,14, 19-25, 25-16, 15,12)
"That was such a huge moment for this team, a moment nearly five years in the making since the first discussions of beginning a women's volleyball team at Crandall! To come through our first season at 0-18, only to have our second season eliminated due to Covid, this victory was well earned and deserved by these girls." Said Chargers Head Coach, Colin Cook post game about the victory. " Our record now says 1-7, but with the way games have gone, they could honestly just as easy be sitting at 6-2. I do expect this win will be a bit of a weight off our shoulders that propels us forward for the rest of the season."
The Dragon's lone win on the season came earlier in the season against the Chargers and it too was a closely fought battle that took five sets to declare a winner. With the Chargers being so close to victory on Saturday, you could sense it in the air that this would be the game to finally mark off that long awaited W.
Crandall dropped the first set but were not shaken one bit, as players made their way back to the bench you could hear the athletes saying amongst themselves "That's fine, its one set, we will take them in 4 or 5 [sets]. This is our game, let's get this."
The Chargers would come out swinging in the second set, putting together good runs on points and taking care of the Dragons quickly.
The Third set was much like the first with points going back and forth but eventually the Dragons would string together 3 or 4 in a row to repeat the same score as the first set. The fourth set would also mirror the second as Crandall refused to give in and poured their hearts out to win the set 25-16 and force a fifth set.
The final point that secured the win felt fitting, an ace from the team leader for service aces, Janelle Blanchette. The ball was a hard hit spinner that the Dragons were unable to control.
Along with aces, Blanchette also led the team in with 20 kills. Team Captain, Melora Cook added another 17 kills for the Chargers. 43 of the Chargers 46 assists came from Setter, Amy LeBlang who continues to showcase her ability to play all over the court and place the ball exactly where her hitters like it.
Defensively the Chargers were led by Sarah-Maude Malenfant with 10 digs and also tallied two block assists. The Chargers seemed determined to get their hands on blocks, and this may have been their best effort yet.
They Chargers will look to carry the momentum of this game over to next Friday, the 26th as they wrap up the first half of their season in Halifax against the UKC Blue Devils (1-6).
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Next Match: Friday, Nov. 26 @ UKC 6 P.M.