Queens Volleyball 2017 - 18 preview

The veteran leadership group will teach the new student-athletes what it means to be a member of the RDC Queens. Photo - Tony Hansen
The veteran leadership group will teach the new student-athletes what it means to be a member of the RDC Queens. Photo - Tony Hansen

2016 - 2017 Review

Regular season

21 matches won – 3 matches lost

The Queens placed 1st in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Volleyball South Division. 

ACAC Playoffs

The RDC Queens finished in 3rd place and earned ACAC bronze.

Awards

ACAC Women's Volleyball South All-Conference Team – Miranda Dawe, Megan Schmidt

RDC Athletics Awards Night

Coach's Award – Hanna Delemont

Most Improved Player – Katrina Dawe

Rookie of the Year – Kaylee Domoney

Most Valuable Player – Miranda Dawe

2017 - 2018

Chris Wandler enters his second year as the head coach of the RDC Queens and is pleased with how the team is coming together. "In the early going, I am very excited how closely knit this team is. In a short period of time, the returning student-athletes have found ways to bring the rookies into the group in an inclusive manner," said Wandler. "I believe that is what led to some of our early success in the pre-season - that cohesiveness."

In 5 non-conference games, the Queens were a perfect 5-0.

Assistant coaches

Mandy Carroll, Brooke Sutter, Talbot Walton (Technical Advisor)

"We have a veteran-laden group, and with the bronze medal finish last year, we have our sights set on something beyond that this season," said Wandler. "With that in mind, it will be one of our challenges to focus on the day-to-day components of our training and keep improving in small increments. I think this group understands what that means."

Returning players

Kaylee Domoney (Business Administration – Human Resources/Red Deer), Hanna Delemont (Bachelor of Education – Middle School/Red Deer), Miranda Dawe (Kinesiology & Sport Studies/Grande Prairie), Britt Davis (Kinesiology & Sport Studies/Sherwood Park), Katrina Dawe (Open Studies/Grande Prairie), McKenna Barthel (Business Administration – Human Resources/Red Deer), Chanelle Kayser (Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Calgary), Jade Van Dyke (Open Studies/Cochrane), Megan Schmidt (Bachelor of Business Administration/Red Deer), McKenna Olson (Bachelor of Science – Pre-Professional Pharmacy/Saskatoon)

"The new recruits bring potential. There's nobody in that first-year group that has to do too much except get better every single day. They have to be learners," said Wandler. "Part of the veteran leadership group is teaching them how to do that - teaching them how to be a Queen, teaching them that being a Queen is practicing hard, training hard, studying hard and playing a role in their community."

New players

Caitlin Chilliak (Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Corman, Saskatchewan), Alyson Blain (Bachelor of Commerce/Innisfail), Kelly Heinemann (Bachelor of Science/Edmonton), Nicole Davis (Bachelor of Kinesiology/Calgary), Leah Hagel (Open Studies/Sylvan Lake) and fourth-year Naomi Jardine (Bachelor of Education – Elementary/Lacombe) joins the Queens after playing for the Olds College Broncos

Not returning

Ashley Fehr, Cherisse Johannson, Jessica Jones, Lauren Marshall, Fauve Welsh

While the Queens will miss the student-athletes who are not returning, the RDC team is very fortunate to have a strong leadership group back and a new group who fits the mold of what it means to be a member of the Queens.

"The whole motto of RDC Athletics is the legacy component, so the student-athletes have that in back of their minds every single day," said Wandler. "So that's their intentions - to leave that mark, leave that legacy."

The Queens will open the regular season on Friday, Oct. 13 in the RDC Main Gym at 6:00 p.m. against the Briercrest College Clippers.