|Thunder storm back against Georgian|
|Written by Karl Kofmel|
|Thursday, 26 January 2012|
Coach Everton predicts an "epic comeback" for the women's volleyball team.
Down 2-0 and tied late in the third game against the Georgian Grizzlies the Algonquin Thunder girls volleyball team could have easily rolled over.
After beating the Seneca Sting the night before 3-1 in close sets, the Thunder rallied together to come from behind and beat the Grizzlies 3-2.
“[Coach] Everton said we're going to have an epic comeback and we believed him,” said setter Emily Graham.
The lead started to slip away in the third set for the Grizzlies. The team looked so dominant in the beginning, but missed their chance to put away the Algonquin Thunder.
Even as the Grizzlies were clawing their way back from a 19-12 deficit in the third set, the Algonquin girls never wavered. Each point was contested and every victory cheered for. As the deficit shrank the shouts got louder.
When it reached 24-23 with Algonquin ahead, coach Everton called a timeout to make sure they knew the set-up. Unfortunately Georgian read it well and tied up the game. Two points later they needed extras to finish.
Algonquin took the lead twice, but just couldn't get that second spread point. The third time proved to be the charm as the girls took their first set of the match.
That would be the only time Georgian would have a chance to finish the game. Once they were able to put some consecutive points together, the Thunder started to feel the momentum swing in their favor.
“The first two sets they had more energy and they were more dynamic,” said middle Marta Pytlak. “Our fun level was low, and I know it sounds cliché, but when we have fun we play well.”
With the fifth game at 8-7 for the Thunder they appeared to catch a break. A ball at the net seemed to have been touched by an Algonquin player, but when the Grizzlies next touched it the referee blew the play down on too many touches.
That appeared to break the Grizzlies' back. Algonquin scored seven straight points to finish off their opponents 15-7.
The next win guarantees a home playoff game for the girls.
“And we're going to win,” said libero Logan Gagnon. “That's not arrogance, just confidence.”
25-12 Georgian College