After a tough loss to the Grande Prairie Wolves in the semi-finals, the Red Deer College Queens volleyball team settled for a bronze medal at provincials on Saturday.

The Queens beat the Ambrose Lions in straight sets, 25-23,25-21, 25-20.

Although it wasn’t the medal they were looking for, left side hitter Miranda Dawe said she was happy with how the team bounced back after a disappointing loss.

“Every team’s goal going into provincials is to win gold, but earning bronze is good too. It’s kind of bittersweet and was especially tough losing in the semi-finals,” said Dawe.

“We did end the season with a win and a medal on top of that, so all-in-all it’s pretty good.”

Competition was tough during provincials said Dawe, which made for some really spirited volleyball.

“It was super tough this year, more so than other years. It was really anyone’s game and we saw that throughout the quarter-finals when the lower ranked teams came out victorious over the higher ranked teams,” said Dawe.

With 16 kills, seven digs and two blocks, Miranda Dawe was named player of the game, but remained humble.

“It’s an honour to be recognized, but I do owe my success to the team and the girls beside me on the court,” said Dawe.

“I think everyone wants the person beside them (on the court) to be successful and with support and encouragement anybody can play outstanding.”

The Queens were perfect at home this season and with Dawe heading into her fifth season next year, the expectation for herself and the team remain high.

“I think we would all like to pick up another gold at provincials this upcoming year.”