By Ziyad Benhaddad
The Seneca Sting lose in 5 sets against the Algonquin Wolves, The Sting were looking to improve on their impressive start to the season, but their match ended in disappointment to give the Sting their first loss of the season.
Peter Ostranski-Ayles led the Sting with 14 kills to go along with 3 assists. Nate Ling added 12 kills and 10 digs while Daniel Kwan gave a spark with 10 kills and 3 aces. Abel Shen had a game-high of 40 assists and 20 digs for the Sting, he led the way for Seneca throughout this tough loss. Richard Bucar showed in this one, he was responsible for 18 points and propelled the Algonquins into their first win of the season.
In a match where every point was monumental, the Sting were their own worst enemy. They shot themselves in the foot multiple times as the Sting committed 13 attack errors and gave up 25 free points on missed serves. The home side was able to stay in the games thanks to a 50-37 advantage in kills but was on the short end in team blocks 15-7.
Seneca went ahead at the beginning of the last couple of sets but faltered in the end by giving it away with fundamental errors. The Wolves showed intensity at the end of the game as you could see that they were imposing their will on the match. The game was up in the air till the last couple plays as time passed 11 pm. Both teams had been playing for over 2 hours.
Daniel Kwan, an outside hitter out of Markvill H.S, echoes that the team needs to get better at the little things like blocking and defence in general.” Our team as a whole can improve on our communication a little bit, aside from that we just need to be a little cleaner on our blocking and defence… We’ll practice that soon and get better.”
The Sting are 2-1, sitting at 4th place on the East standings. Even though the season has been off to a good start, there’s room for improvement record-wise as the team showed there capable of so much more. The Sting have displayed a high ceiling when firing on all cylinders, and that has risen expectations for the group. Seneca will look to come back to their winning ways, as they will face George Brown on February 24th at 8 pm. The last time, the Sting faced George Brown was in the preseason where they took home the victory.