Royal women find winning rhythm

Wiping away the malaise that comes with a five-match losing streak, the Douglas College Royals demonstrated a lot of the jam that made them one of the top teams last yar in the PacWest women's volleyball circuit a year ago.

The squad, which has incorporated a healthy dose of first-year talent, peeled off back-to-back 3-0 wins over the Columbia Bible College last week.

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It was the first time in nearly a month that the team had tasted victory, after launching the new season with a sweep over rival Capilano.

Third-year outside hitter Emma Schill counted 17 kills and 21 digs over the two days, including 13 digs in the team's 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-13) decision on Friday.

A day earlier, the Bearcats provided a handful of resistance in a match that Douglas won by 25-19, 25-23, 25-22 margins.

Grace Warkentin also was a force both games, combining for 17 digs, including 13 on the first day.

The women look to continue their newfound winning ways in a two-day battle with the University of the Fraser Valley -- 6 p.m. Friday in the Valley, and 5 p.m. on Saturday at Douglas' New West campus.



For the eighth straight time, Douglas College racked up the points and knocked down its rival.

The Royals men's volleyball team improved to 8-1 on the season, good for first place in the PacWest league, with twin 3-0 decisions over the Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

They finished the series off FRiday with a good test, clinching the shutout with a tough 26-24 win in the third set.

Reid Marriott continued to improve on his league-leading kill numbers, averaging 4.88 kills per set and a .468 hitting percentage.

Matt Shand chipped in with 13 digs and 11 kills, while Nick Hansen notched 17 digs.

The Royals play the University of Fraser Valley in a home-and-home set, with Friday in the Valley, and returning to New West campus' gym on Saturday for a 7 p.m. match.

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