Photo courtesy of Nick Pearce
|OUA East quarterfinal 1|
|AUS semi-final 1|
Source: Dalhousie Sports Information
HALIFAX, N.S. – The first-seeded Dalhousie Tiger defeated thefourth-seeded University of Moncton Aigles Bleus 3-0 in the firstsemifinal match of the 2014 Subway AUS women’s volleyballchampionship at the Dalplex. With the win, the Tigers head to theirthird straight AUS final as they try to defend their AUS title.
|AUS semi-final 2|
Source: Dalhousie Sports Information
HALIFAX, N.S. – The Saint Mary’s Huskies punched their ticket tothe 2014 Subway women’s volleyball championship final with anemphatic 3-0 win over the fourth-seed UNB Varsity Reds on Saturdayevening at the Dalplex.
Set scores were 27-25, 25-12, 25-17.
With the win, the Huskies will face a formidable opponent in theDalhousie Tigers in the final at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Huskies willlook to win their third championship in five years.
The Varsity Reds battled hard early, nearly coming out on top in atightly contested first set, but the powerful Huskies muscled theirway to come away with the victory.
First team all-star Shelby Michaels earned the Subway Player of theGame honours after leading her team with 12 kills and 14.5 points.Rachel Windhorst was right behind her, adding 10 kills and 12.5points in the win.
Rebecca Glancy earned Subway Player of the Game honours for theVarsity Reds after registering 10 kills and 11 points, while CelinaAbba and Jacqueline Sebetovsk each chipped in with six kills oftheir own.
The Huskies head into the final against their bitter rival, andwill need to follow up today’s strong effort with another top notchgame. The Huskies defeated the Tigers in their first regular seasongame this season, coming back to win in five sets, but the Tigerscame out on top in their last matchup, winning 3-0 on Feb. 10.
All matches of the championship tournament can be seen live viawebcast at www.AUStv.ca.
|Finale RSEQ – Match 1|
|OUA West quarterfinal 1|
Source: Guelph Sports Info
Guelph, Ont. – The University of Guelph women’s volleyballteam qualified for the OUA Final Four for the second time in fouryears tonight with a 3-0 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves at theW.F. Mitchell Athletic Center. Set scores were 25-21, 25-22 and25-9. The first set started well with the Gryphons jumping out to a6-1 lead but Lakehead fought back to tie the set at 11. Guelphexpanded the lead to 17-12 but Lakehead evened the set at 20 beforea 5-1 run enabled the Gryphons to win 25-21. Set 2 was similar withGuelph leading early before Lakehead narrowed the gap late to onepoint. The Gryphons finished the set with 2 straight points to takethe set 25-22. The third set followed a similar pattern with Guelphleading early, but a series of Lakehead hitting errors let theGryphons run away with the set and seal the match at 25-9.
“We are happy to get the win today and advance to theFinal Four again,” said Gryphon coach Paul Funk,“Credit goes to a solid team effort and special recognitionto Kristen Almhjell (Richmond, B.C.) who played two sets despitesuffering from stomach flu all day. Jennifer Johnstone (NorthVancouver, B.C.) also played a vital role today off the bench andwe look forward to playing our best volleyball next weekend inToronto.”
Rookies Maddie DeDecker (Dorchester, Ont.) and Rachel Petcoff(London, Ont.) led the Guelph offense with 10 points each. DeDeckerwith seven kills and three aces, and Petcoff with nine kills andone ace.
The Gryphons will play the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the first round ofthe OUA Final Four next Saturday at 2:30pm at the University ofToronto.
|Canada West quarterfinal 4 – Game2|
Source: John Gaudes, Manitoba Sports Info
WINNIPEG – Playing as a team, and living up to the playoffpressure, the #5 Manitoba Bisons women’s volleyball team wontheir best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series over the #6Alberta Pandas – taking a four setter on Saturday, February 15 atInvestors Group Athletic Centre (U of M campus).
Manitoba wins the series 2-0 and joins UBC, Trinity Western andUBC Okanagan in the Canada West Final Four.
Manitoba was led again by their outside tandem of RachelCockrell and Taylor Pischke. After combining for 30 kills in thefirst game, they combined for 38 in game two. Emily Erickson addednine pivotal blocks in the middle.
Alberta got 15 kills and eight digs from Meg Casault in a losingeffort. The Pandas struggled at the net, though, as Manitobaout-blocked them as a team 13 to five.
“Everybody played well, I was really pleased that we wereable to repeat a high level of play again tonight,” saidBisons head coach Ken Bentley. “Obviously we have greatrespect for Alberta… we expected nothing less than theirbest today, and they gave it to us.”
“We were just prepared for a fight again and wecollectively fought hard and played very well.”
At the start, the Bisons looked as composed as they did in astrong game one finish 22 hours earlier. Cockrell and Pischkeshowed off from all over the floor, with service aces, attacks onthe outside, and digs in the back row. Pischke especially wasgreat, recording seven kills on 11 attempts in the first set, whichManitoba would take 25-18.
Alberta worked harder in the second to get the ball to theirpower players, but an 8-1 run late in the set with Brittany Habingon serve busted it wide open again for Manitoba. The 25-14 set winalso saw outstanding net presence from Erickson, who had firm handsfor seven blocks in the first two sets.
Noting this, Alberta made an effort to go away from the Manitobablock in the third. Thanks to this and a four kill frame fromCasault, Alberta opened with a lead and kept it, winning 25-19 toforce a fourth. In that fourth, though, Manitoba was right back totheir scrambling defence. Jumping out to an early lead, it wasPischke who closed the door – her three kills in the last sixpoints sealed a 25-16 set win and the match.
The Canada West Final Four will be played in Vancouver attop-seeded UBC. For Manitoba, it begins on Friday, February 21 at8:00 p.m. CST. against #3 Trinity Western.
|OUA West quarterfinal 2|
Source; Bill Malley, McMaster Communications
Youth was served as McMaster Coach Tim Louks started fourfirst-year players in Saturday night’s OUA West women’s volleyballquarter-final match with Windsor. The youngsters came through asthe Marauder beat the Lancers 3-1 to advance to the OUA Final-Fournext week in Toronto.
In a do or die match, Louks started rookie outside hitters SophieBukovec and Joanna Jedrzejewska, middle Maicee Sorensen, and liberoCarly Heath.
The Burridge Gym had an electric atmosphere as a healthy and vocalcontingent made the long trip from Windsor to cheer on theirLancers. Equally as loud and enthusiastic were the Maroon faithfulwho came out to support the Marauders.
The noisy gym seemed to affect McMaster to start the match andWindsor jumped in front 5-2. It didn’t take long for the Maraudersto get their bearings though and they tied the score at 8-8 beforepushing ahead to lead 16-11 at the technical timeout. Using somesolid serving from Bukovec and Lauren Mastroluisi, McMastermaintained the lead and took the opening set 25-18.
With no idea how the team would react to letting Windsor off thehook, Louks stayed with the same line-up and his faith wasjustified. The Marauders jumped out to a 9-4 lead, forcing Windsorto burn a timeout and bumped the lead up to 16-7 at the technicalbreak. The Marauders did a good job of locating Windsor outsideKaila Seguin and forcing her to face two blockers. McMaster won thethird set 25-16 to take a 2-1 set lead in the match.
In the fourth set, Windsor was fighting for its season but theMarauders wanted to end the match. Leading 10-8 McMaster’s servicegame started to test the Lancers, who struggled with their passing.Mac was ahead 16-9 at the technical break and Windsor could notrecover. Marauder setter Kayla Ng ran the offense smartly and keptall the Marauder hitters involved. A big swing from JoannaJedrzejewska at match point gave McMaster the 25-14 win and thematch.
Jedrzejewska had a sensational match with 21 kills and only fiveerrors for a kill-percentage of 41% and 23.5 points. Bukovec had 12kills and 15 points in the match, while Mastroluisi, Sorensen, andTaylor Brisebois all had 9.5 points. Kayla Ng had 50 assists andkept Windsor guessing for the entire match. In her final OUA match,Windsor’s Seguin led the Lancer attack with 14 kills and 15.5points.
McMaster now advances to the OUA Final-Four and will play the hostToronto Varsity Blues on Saturday, February 22 at 12-noon. Theother semi-final has Guelph playing Ottawa.