Women Sweep Weekend Series


Shannon Dean (12) and Camila Rios block an attempt by RMC’s Mireille Musca on Sunday at the St Denis Fieldhouse. The Lancers prevailed 3-1 over the Paladins.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers welcomed the Queen’s Gaels and the RMC Paladins to the St Denis Fieldhouse over the weekend and promptly two hard-fought series.


Lauren Stirling (4) and Jade Ziebarth (3) watch as Emily McCloskey successfully blocks an attempt by Queen’s on Saturday at St Denis Fieldhouse.
Photo by John Skinner.

On Saturday, the Lancers had to go the distance with a five set victory over the Gaels. Windsor won the first two 25-21 and 25-23 before letting Queen’s back into the match. They dropped sets 3 and 4 by scores of 22-25 and 20-25, but rebounded in the deciding match 15-13 to earn their second straight victory.

The Lancers had an easier time of it on Sunday, though they staked RMC to a 1-set lead. Windsor lagged behind 18-25 to the Paladins then won three in a row, 25-23, 25-16, and 25-17.


Emily Durand (10) and Lindsay Morelli (9) wait to help as Lauren Stirling dives to save the ball against RMC.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor couldn’t get their service going consistently against RMC. However, the women made up for it with a concerted two-pronged attack from Emily McCloskey and Shannon Dean, who had 30 kills between them. The two were greatly assisted by Lauren Stirling’s 35 assists.


Lauren Stirling (4) and Emily McCloskey go high against a spike from Queen’s. Windsor survived a 5-set series against the Gaels 3-2.
Photo by John Skinner.

Defensively, the Lancers got 19 digs from Emily Durand, 15 from Melissa Smyth, and 10 from Jade Ziebarth. McCloskey also added some timely blocks at the net.

Windsor is on the road this coming weekend to take on the Waterloo Warriors Friday night, followed by a match against McMaster on Saturday. They will return to St Denis on November 28 to close out the 2015 calendar year. The opposition that evening will  be Western with the first serve at 6:00 pm.


Lauren Stirling (4) tips the ball over the net, and just out of reach of RMC’s Nicole Behnke, to seal the win for Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata