RECAP: Women's Volleyball defeat Royals; finish 2017 at 6-2

RECAP: Women's Volleyball defeat Royals; finish 2017 at 6-2

The Niagara Knights women's volleyball program enters the mid-season break in the win column after defeating the Redeemer Royals (2-7, 8th OCAA West) three sets to one. The victory improves the Knights at 6-2 on the season and puts them in a tie for third place in the OCAA West.

The Knights opened the match with a dominating first set, handily defeating the Royals 25-9. Redeemer responded in the second winning a hard fought battle 25-23. The loss seemed to wake the Knights up as they found their rhythm for the rest of the match ringing off impressive 25-17, 25-19 wins to secure the victory.

The Knights scored at a dominant .474% in the contest while holding the Royals to .184%.

"We passed extremely well today that allowed our offense to be extremely effectively and efficient" said Niagara Knights women's volleyball head coach Nathan Janzen. " Tonight was a solid performance to wrap up the first half of the season."

Third year outside hitter Jordan Koslowski paced the Knights offensively finishing with 14 kills on just 23 attempts, while also adding two service aces. The Hamilton native ranks in the top-10 in the OCAA in most offensive categories, and is averaging better than 3.7 points-per-set.

Fourth-year outside hitter Rachel Rivers (Cambridge) continued her outstanding play, finishing with 12 points on nine kills and three service aces. The former OCAA first-team all-star currently sits first in the OCAA West in scoring with an average of 4.4 points-per-set.

The win moves the Knights to 6-2 on the season and into third place in the highly competitive OCAA West Division. The team enters the mid-season break riding a two game winning streak, and they are currently ranked No. 3 in the OCAA provincial and No. 15 in the CCAA national rankings.

Niagara will return to action on January 13th when they host the Conestoga Condors at 6:00pm at the Welland campus athletic centre.