Grizzlies volleyball have near perfect road trip
January 19, 2015

The Georgian Grizzlies men’s’ and women’s volleyball teams headed east this past weekend to Ottawa for a pair of matches against the Algonquin Thunder and the La Cite Coyotes.

The women’s team who has been rolling entered the weekend with just one loss on their record and having won seven straight games.

They kicked off the weekend against the Thunder who they have had trouble with historically on the road, but the Grizzlies continued their dominate season.

After dropping the first set, Georgian rebounded taking three straight for a 3-1 victory (20-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17).

The Grizzlies were led by a pair of season high point efforts from Allison Marshall (Orillia) with 19 points including 15 kills and Hannah Campbell (Midland) who had 19 points including seven blocks.

The women kept things rolling on Sunday as they took on the Coyotes. The Grizzlies went right after their opponents taking the match in straight sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-21).

The Grizzlies were once again led by Hannah Campbell who had a team high 13 points including five blocks. Her 12 blocks on the weekend put her career total at 214 which put her in a tie for second place on the all-time record list just three blocks back of record holder Mandi Doris of Durham who set the mark from 2005-2010.

Campbell is in a tie for second with Stephanie Bignell of Fanshawe who is also an active player in the OCAA this season.

On the men’s side after a great start which saw the Grizzlies go up two sets to none against the Thunder, Algonquin stormed back taking the next two sets to even things up.

In the fifth set tiebreak, Georgian regained their composure and pulled out a big 3-2 victory (25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 16-25, 15-11).

Jason Grimm (Orangeville) had a 20 point effort matching a season high while teammate Darien Haynes (Barrie) put up 16 points.

The only down note to the weekend came on Sunday as the Grizzlies couldn’t find a way to handle the Coyotes falling 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19). Despite the loss Justin Atkinson (Wingham) had a strong effort scoring 18 points including seven blocks.

The Grizzlies have a big home stand this weekend as both the women’s and men’s teams will face the Trent Excalibur on Saturday afternoon and follow that by hosting the Fleming Knights on Sunday afternoon at the Georgian Athletic Centre.