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OCAA Volleyball - Lakers de-claw the Panthers

Thursday, November 22, 2012   by: Chris DawsonIt was a hometown OCAA match that went in favour of the Nipissing Lakers in both Men's and Women's Volleyball action on Wednesday night.

The Nipissing women’s volleyball team made quick work of their cross campus rivals with a dominating 3-0 (25-4, 25-3, 25-13) performance. With the win the Lakers improve to 5-1 on the season while the Panthers drop to (0-6).
 
It was all Lakers from beginning to end as the match lasted only 48 minutes and was highlighted by some tough serving and efficient attacking.
 
Victoria Taylor (Ottawa) led the Lakers offence with 9 points in two sets while Brittany Ardron had seven also in two sets. Taylor was named the Boston Pizza Player of the Game for her performance.
 
The Lakers return to the court Saturday against the visiting Mohawk Mountaineers beginning at noon.
  
Lakers edge Panthers
 
Meantine, the Nipissing Lakers men’s volleyball team edged their cross campus rivals the Canadore Panthers 3-2 (25-21, 16-25, 25-9, 20-25, 15-10) in the first installment of the Battle of the Bay.
 
With the win the Lakers improve to 5-1 on the season while Canadore is still searching for its first win of the season (0-6).
 
The Lakers were clearly the more offensive team as they collected 75 offensive point during the match compared to 33 for their opponents. The team however struggled with execution and committed an uncharacteristic number of unforced errors that prevented any type of flow to the match.
 
Leading the offence was Frankie Edgecombe with 15 points collected on 10 kills, 2 aces and 3 blocks while Mike Ballagh added 14 points.
 
Edgecombe was named the Boston Pizza Player of the Game.
 
“I take full responsibility for not preparing our team for this match.” said a clearly frustrated head coach Eric Yung.

“My expectations were clearly to high for some players. We need to improve as a group and that includes the coaching staff. We need to turn it around quickly as one of the top teams is coming into town.”
 
The Lakers will need to re-focus quickly as the Mohawk Mountaineers (4-1) will be looking to steal a road victory from the Lakers Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

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