Queens Volleyball 2018 - 19 season preview

The Queens are young and enthusiastic. Photo - Tony Hansen
The Queens are young and enthusiastic. Photo - Tony Hansen

2017 – 18 review

Regular season

The RDC Queens (18-6) placed second in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Volleyball South Division.

 

ACAC Championship

The Queens earned ACAC bronze by sweeping The King's University Eagles in straight sets (25-15, 25-23 and 25-18).

 

2017 - 18 Awards

ACAC Women's Volleyball South All-Conference team – Miranda Dawe (outside hitter) and Chanelle Kayser (setter)

 

RDC Athletics Awards Night

Coach's Award – Hanna Delemont

Most Improved Player – McKenna Olson

Rookie of the Year – Kelly Heinemann

Most Valuable Player – Chanelle Kayser

 

2018 – 19 preview

After several prominent Queens graduated, Head Coach Chris Wandler sees 2018 – 19 as a year for others to get their chance to step up. "There's a lot of opportunity this season, even for the third-years who didn't get a lot of time the past couple of seasons," he says. "But it's their time. It's their group."

 

Assistant Coaches

Talbot Walton, Ryan Beatson, Katie Graves, Bronwyn Hawkes

 

Returning players

Kelly Heinemann, Kaylee Domoney, Britt Davies, Katrina Dawe, Nicole Davis, Jade Van Dyke, McKenna Olson

"I look for the returning Queens to lead by example, that's the big thing. They know what it takes to compete," says Wandler. "We hope that all the young players will follow them. If they do what they are capable of doing, without trying to do too much then they will be fine."

Britt Davis (7)

Third-year Queen, Britt Davis, knows the importance of providing guidance on a young team. "This year, I need to step more into a leadership role," says Davis, and outside hitter. "I am one of the older players on the team and I need to show all of the younger ladies what it means to be a Queen – to inspire them to be better and really motivate them to get them to where they want to be with their skills."

 

New players

Brook Ure, Sydney Rix, Natalie Bloeman, Erin Neufeldt (Transfer from SAIT), Megan Steenbergen, Parres Holliday, Emma Holmes, Alexandria Greenshields

"From the first-years I expect progress," says Wandler. "Just making sure that they are always learning a little bit more than they did the previous day."

One noteworthy transfer is Erin Neufeldt. The third-year outside hitter transferred to RDC after playing for the SAIT Trojans last season, and Wandler was impressed with her play in exhibition, especially in a five-set victory over the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves. "Erin had a fantastic match and she is a heck of an athlete," says Wandler. "In the three years that I have watched her, that was the best that I've seen her play."

 

Not returning

Miranda Dawe, Chanelle Kayser, Megan Schmidt, Hanna Delemont, McKenna Barthel, Naomi Jardine, Alyson Bain, Leah Hagel, Caitlin Chilliak

 

The Red Deer College Queens had their first taste of ACAC exhibition competition this season when they hosted the RDC Volleyball Invitational Tournament, September 28 - 29. The Queens won three out of four matches at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris and then defeated the Olds College Broncos in three straight sets on the road, October 3, to finish the preseason with a solid 4 - 1 record.

Wandler likes the Queens' development so far. "As far as the weekend when we hosted the tournament, it is different than last year. We are young and inexperienced so we are trying to figure out how to work together, how to win and how to execute," says Wandler. "It's coming along. Things are progressing the way that we thought it would be but it will take some time for this version of the Queens to form."

Davis, a Kinesiology student, sees a close network forming already. "We are connecting right away so it's really nice to have everyone working together," she says. "I feel that we are really strong offensively which is a great start and we are starting to pick it up defensively, and coming together as a team."

The RDC Queens are passionate about volleyball and will let their actions on the court speak for themselves. "We already have that fire and drive which is not something that all teams have. We are going out there and fighting for every game," says Davis. "We know that we are a new team and kind of the underdog team this year. We want to go out there and really prove ourselves." 

The Queens will open the regular season on Friday, October 12 in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at 6:00 p.m. against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.