The Lancers Women’s Volleyball went 2-3 to finish fourth at the Ryerson Invitational last weekend in Toronto, losing 3-1 in the bronze medal game to OUA champion Queen’s by sets of 23-25, 22-25, 25-14 and 20-25.
Roshanna Matthews recorded nine kills and four blocks and Shannon Dean had six kills, three blocks and four aces.
“We actually had (Queen’s) up against the wall,” head coach Lucas Hodgson said. “We just let them back in. They showed us why they were the champs and took it to us when they had to. I thought we played really well against them.”
Windsor opened the tournament with two wins, 3-1 against Western (10-25, 25-20, 25-17 and 26-24) and 3-1 over Humber (30-28, 15-25, 25-19 and 25-21).
“We started off great on that Friday. We were feeling really good,” Hodgson said. “And then unfortunately, we found out we’re definitely not a morning team.”
Saturday morning Windsor then lost to Ryerson 3-1 (30-28, 15-25, 25-19, 25-21) and their first game against Queen’s 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 18-25, 19-25).
“I think that took the wind out of our sails a little bit, playing against teams that I think we matched up well against. They were just prepared more than we were to play that game. The games were all close but we just made some unforced errors that we shouldn’t have and they took advantage of them.”
Overall, Hodgson chalks up the weekend as positive for the largely rookie team.
“I think it was a bit of a reality check for some of our rookies,” Hodgson said. “It’s a much different level.”
The Lancers will have a chance to redeem themselves against Queen’s at the Queen’s Invitational Oct. 12 in Kingston, Ont.