Women’s volleyball libero Rachel Jorvina digs deep. Photo by David Larkins, Wesmen Athletics.
At one point during a match on January 25, Rachel Jorvina crashed through the MacEwan Griffins’ bench and into the bottom of the bleachers. But she still made the dig.
Displaying incredible quickness and dogged determination, the fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student and libero (volleyball’s most skilled defensive position) broke the Canada West record for most digs with 63 and led the Griffins women’s volleyball team to an epic comeback from two sets down to win 3-2 over the Winnipeg Wesmen.
“They must have counted every ball that she touched, but it was legit,” said Ken Briggs, MacEwan head coach.
Ken Briggs of her eye-popping digs number that shattered the previous record of 39 set by a Brandon University Bobcats player. “She played unreal. It was a performance.”
The game against Winnipeg was so intense that Winnipeg’s libero also broke the previous record with a career high of 45 digs. The teams combined for an incredible 519 attacking attempts in the match, which shows how hard both teams were pushing to keep the ball in play.
“At no time did either team pull away,” said Ken. “It was a good battle.”
The thrill of winning such a challenging match was made even sweeter for the team since it came on the day they officially clinched the first Canada West playoff spot in Griffins volleyball history.
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