CIS women’s volleyball Friday roundup


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Memorial 2 Moncton 3 Final BoxScore
AUS quarterfinal 1

Source: Dalhousie Sports Information

HALIFAX, N.S. – The University of Moncton Aigles Bleuesdefeated the Memorial Sea-Hawks Friday night by a score of 3-2 in the first quarter-final match of the 2014 Subway AUS women’svolleyball championship at the Dalplex. Set scores were (27-25,26-28, 16-25, 25-21, 15-11).

With the win, the Aigles Bleues move on to the first semifinalgame, Saturday February 15, at 4:30pm, to take on the leaguewinning Dalhousie Tigers.

Subway Player of the Game Natasha Leblanc led Moncton with tenkills and 13.0 points in the victory, while Joline Richard andRachelle Lemoine each added seven kills of their own.

Samantha March had 16 kills in the loss for the Aigles Bleues,and Angela Peddle and Jill Snow combined for 26 kills and 32.0points.

The winner of the second quarter-final game will take on thesecond place Saint Mary’s Huskies tomorrow at 7:00pm following thefirst semifinal game. The winners of tomorrow’s semifinal gameswill play each other in the championship on Sunday, February 16, todetermine the AUS women’s volleyball champions.

The match can be seen live via webcast at

Acadia 1 UNB 3 Final BoxScore
AUS quarterfinal 2

Source: Dalhousie Sports Information

HALIFAX, N.S. – UNB defeated Acadia Friday night by ascore of 3-1 in the second quarter-final match of the 2014Subway AUS women’s volleyball championship at the Dalplex.

With the win, the Varsity-Reds move on into the second semifinalgame, Saturday February 15, at 7pm, to take on the second placeSaint Mary’s Huskies.

Subway Player of the Game Paige Nelmes led the game in digstonight for her team tonight with ten digs. Vanja Mitrovic led thegame with 19.5 points and her teammate Celina Abba had the secondhighest amount of point for UNB with 12.5 points.

Marissa Chin was leading scorer for the Acadia, with 15 points.Her teammate Meg Rector finished the game with 12 points andKristen Bolduc finished with 11.5.

UNB player of the game, Paige Nelmes said she is excited to keepgetting better in the next games.

The winner of the first quarter-final game, the UNB Varsity-Redwill take on the Dalhousie Tigers tomorrow at 4:30pm before thesecond semifinal game. The winners of tomorrow’s semifinal gameswill play each other in the championship on Sunday, February 16, todetermine the AUS women’s volleyball champions.

The match can be seen live via webcast at

Ottawa 3 York 0 Final BoxScore
OUA East quarterfinal 2

Source: Ottawa Sports Info

The women’s volleyball team shook things up Fridayevening, conquering the York Lions in a nail-biting OUA eastplayoff match 26-24, 26-24, and 25-22. The no. 10 ranked Gee-Geesare the first team to secure themselves a spot in the OUA FinalFour, which is set to take place next weekend.

Hosting team York managed to keep the set scores very tight, butOttawa’s consistent first contact and passing guided theirunstoppable offence throughout the match.

“I feel like at some point in that match, everysingle player did something positively at a critical moment,” congratulates head coach Lionel Woods.

Myriam English posted 13 kills, three service aces and jumped upfor two blocks of her own leading the Gee-Gees with 18 points.Sister Kelsie made 14 kills, two aces and a block accumulating 17points.

The first two points of the match were thanks to BrandieWilkerson and her kills from the right side. The fourth-year Lionscored 17 points this evening, powering out 14 kills, an ace andtwo blocks.

The Lions marked their territory until the 13-point mark whereno clear leader was identified for the rest of the first set.Gee-Gees capitalized on the Lions’ multiple attacking errors(eight) and took the first set 26-24.

The garnet and grey ramped up their offence in the second setmaking a game-high 17 kills within 45 team attacks. York was ableto hold their own against a 24.4 per cent efficiency from theiradversaries and had things all tied up at 24-24. However, receivinga set from teammate Alix Durivage, Myriam English knocked down theball closing out the set.

In the final frame, the teams were neck-and-neck until Gee-Geesgained momentum and created an insurmountable obstacle for theLions. Fourth-year libero Stephanie Theiler provided her team withthe opportunity to gain as much as a 9-point lead this set(18-9).

Theiler made all the difference at this evening’s game.She received a total of 14 serves from the Lions and Gee-Gees headcoach underlined her determined tenacity. “She turned her owngame around and was an absolute rock for us today.”

Ottawa advances to the OUA Final Four for the fourth straightseason and will look to defend its 2013 championship next weekend,at Toronto if the Blues win tomorrow, or on home court if theRyerson Rams are able to upset the first-place Blues.

UBCOkanagan 3 Brandon 1 Final BoxScore
Canada West quarterfinal 1 – Game2

Source: Matt Packwood, Brandon Sports Information and MarketingOfficer

BRANDON – The UBC-Okanagan Heat earned a Canada West FinalFour berth after beating the Brandon University Bobcats 3-1(29-31,25-18, 25-23, 25-19) Friday night.

The Heat won the series 2-0 after a straight sets win Thursday.

Five Heat finished in double-digit digs, led by MeganFestival’s team-high 19.

Brianna Beamish notched 17 kills and 15 digs. Festival alsoadded 15 kills and three blocks. Katy Klomps added 11 kills andeight blocks.

Shanlee McLennan put up a double-double, finishing with 10 killsand 13 digs. Meaghan Robertson added nine kills and four blocks.Libero Donata Huebert notched a match-high 26 digs, while KellieBaker put up 36 assists playing her final match after five stellarseasons as a Bobcat.

The Heat will move on to the Canada West Final Four next weekendin Vancouver.

Alberta 1 Manitoba 3 Final BoxScore
Canada West quarterfinal 4 – Game1

Source: John Gaudes, Manitoba Sports Info

WINNIPEG – Falling early, but showing tremendous resilience,the #5 Manitoba Bisons women’s volleyball team took the first gameof their best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series against the#6 Alberta Pandas – winning in four sets on Friday, February 14 atInvestors Group Athletic Centre (U of M campus).

Manitoba can clinch the series tomorrow night in Game 2, whichstarts at 6:30 p.m. CST.

Manitoba was led by a strong finish from Rachel Cockrell, who had16 kills – 14 of those coming in the final three sets. TaylorPischke added 14 kills of her own, while Jordana Milne’s presencewas felt at the net – she notched six blocks on the night.

Alberta got solid contributions in the loss, led by Meg Casaultwith 13 kills. Dione Lang added ten kills in the middle.

“Whether you win or lose the first set, at this point in the yearthe teams are so good that you can’t let it affect you,” saidBisons head coach Ken Bentley. “I thought we moved forwardbeautifully after that first set. We were very firm in that nextset and took care of things on our side.”

Alberta’s strongest players made their presence felt at the startof the night. Casault and Lang combined for nine kills in the firstset, and their play allowed the Pandas to play with the lead.Though the Bisons would tie it briefly in the middle of the frame,a five-point service game from Mami Miyashita would put Alberta up22-17 late – a lead they would carry to the 25-20 set win.

Responding to the set loss, Cockrell started to heat up. With Milneblocking at her side at the net, Manitoba found success for largeportions of the second and third sets. Though Alberta would put ascare into Manitoba by fighting off two set points late in thesecond, the Bisons were able to close, 26-24, to tie the match.

Utter domination followed in a 25-10 third set win, as Cockrellshowed off her power from all over the floor. She would go for 11kills in the second and third sets to lead all players.

Alberta was more resilient in the fourth, as the two teams tradedpoints until late in the set. Manitoba, taking a 22-19 lead on astrong Pischke solo block, saw the Pandas battle back and tie it upon two tight line calls. Closing the door, though, was Milne at thenet – whose stuff block gave the Bisons two match points and gavethem the margin they needed to eke out a 25-22 set win.

Manitoba and Alberta will continue their series at Investors GroupAthletic Centre on Saturday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. CST. Ifnecessary, the third game goes Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m.CST.

Regina 0 TrinityWestern 3 Final BoxScore
Canada West quarterfinal 2 – Game2

Source: Mark Janzen, Trinity Western Assistant SportsInformation Director

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Thanks to a dominant servingeffort that included 12 aces, the No. 3 Trinity Westernwomen’s volleyball completed a series sweep of Regina in theCanada West quarter-finals with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-19) winFriday at the Langley Events Centre.

With the win, the Spartans won the best-of-three series in theminimum, having won in three sets Thursday, and advance to theCanada West Final Four, which will be played at UBC Feb. 21-22. TheSpartans will face the winner of the quarter-final series betweenManitoba and Alberta in Friday’s semifinal match. The topthree teams at the Final Four will qualify for the CIS nationalchampionship in Regina Feb. 28-Mar. 1.

The Cougars will now have a week off before hosting the nationalchampionship.

With their 12 aces and just three serving errors, the Spartanshad pressure on the Cougars all night and Regina was unable torespond from the service line as it countered with just four acesand 13 serving errors. Leading the way at the line for TWU wasRoyal Richardson (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.) who collected fiveaces for the second night in a row.

Offensively, it was Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) atop the killchart for the Spartans as she earned a game-high 12 kills to gowith three aces. Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) had seven kills andfive blocks while Chelsea Tancon (Comox, B.C.) added five blocks.Libero Kristen Moncks (Standard, Alta.) had a team-high eight digswhile setter Nikki Cornwall (Coquitlam, B.C.) had a match-high 23assists.

Regina’s Desiree Ates had a team-high eight kills alongwith three aces and three blocks while Chelsea Ziolkowski had sevenkills and two blocks. Michelle Sweeting had a team-high four blocksas well as four kills.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to get it donein three sets,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “I havea lot of respect for that Regina team. They have some talentedplayers but we just needed to play our game tonight and we didthat. We needed to serve well tonight and we needed to pass welltonight and I thought we also did that. And then we just wanted tomake smart decisions with our attacks.”

Hitting .360 as a team in the first set, the Spartans made shortwork of the opening frame, winning 25-16. With the Cougars up11-10, the Spartans went on an 8-2 run that gave them the lead forgood. With a solo block by Richardson, the Spartans won by nine.Regina hit .069 as a group, struggling to find their form in themiddle and late stages.

In the second set, the Spartans hit just .133 but managed toagain take the set by nine. With TWU up 12-10, the Spartans scoredfive straight points to open a 17-10 lead. Regina never got closerthan five points and TWU rolled to the 25-16 win.

The third set saw TWU open a 5-1 lead and never looked back.Regina came within two points on number of occasions, but at 16-14,the Spartans put the finishing touches on the set, the match andthe series. Collecting four aces in a set for the third straighttime, TWU ran away with it late and after a Carpentier kill tookthe set 25-19.

Game Notes: The Spartans are now 8-1 all-time against Regina inCanada West quarter-final series, winning for the fourth time infour matchups…TWU had 36 digs to Regina’s 31.

Scott Harrigan
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