Recap | Box Score
|Saint Mary’s (,)||10||17||20||0|
| K: Shelby Michaels – 8
B: Josie Leduc – 3
D: Anastasia Callaghan – 8
SA: Jane Pegg – 2
| K: Desiree Nouwen – 17
|TEAM STATISTICS||Saint Mary’s||Dalhousie|
Source: Dalhousie Sports Information / Photo creditNick Pearce
HALIFAX, N.S. – The Dalhousie Tigers defeated the SaintMary’s Huskies Sunday afternoon by a score of 3-0 in thechampionship match of the 2014 Subway AUS women’s volleyballchampionship at the Dalplex. Set scores were (25-10, 25-17,25-20).
The Tigers become the first team to win back-to-back AUS women’svolleyball titles since Saint Mary’s in 2006-2007. They entered thetournament as the first seed after posting a 12-4 record in theseason, and came into the tournament on an eight game winningstreak.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 10-1 lead in the first set,powered by strong serves from second-year setter Abby Czenze. TheHuskies battled back but couldn’t contain the Tigers high-octaneoffense as they went on to take the first set 25-10. Tara Gowan hadfour of her eight kills in the first set to lead the Tigers.
The Huskies got up early in the second set, but the Tigers startedto put on a clinic with their pinpoint passing, setting up theirattack with precision. They never let up all set long, and MarisaMota watched as Briana Donnelly’s serve went long as the Tigersfinished the set 25-17.
Not wanting to go away without a fight, the Huskies turned thetables in the third set, as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead, forcingTigers coach Rick Scott to call his first timeout of the game. TheHuskies continued to pound the ball, but the Tigers defenseresponded with several key digs. With the game tied at 11, theTigers rattled off three straight points to gain the 14-11edge.
With the score at 22-20 in favour of the Tigers, the Tigers went ona 3-0 run, capped off by a thundering block by AUS first teamall-star Desiree Nouwen and the Tigers won their second consecutiveAUS Championship.
“It was a great win. I’m very proud of the girls, and they’veworked so hard all season and got better every week. They reallyput the time and work in and today they were rewarded with a bigwin,” says Tigers head coach Rick Scott.
Nouwen was named the 2014 Subway Women’s Volleyball ChampionshipMVP after posting a monster game with 17 kills, 11 digs and 19.5points to lead all scorers. Tigers libero Marisa Mota earned SubwayPlayer of the Game honors after anchoring the Tigers defense andadding 11 digs.
Jane Pegg was named the Subway Player of the Game for the Huskiesas she set up the Huskies offense all game long with stellarpassing. Shelby Michaels had eight kills to lead the Huskies.
Sigourney Stotts, University of Moncton Aigles Bleues
Rebecca Glancy, UNB Varsity Reds
Jane Pegg, Saint Mary’s Huskies
Anastasia Callaghan, Saint Mary’s Huskies
Desiree Nouwen, Dalhousie Tigers
Tara Gowan, Dalhousie Tigers
The Tigers head to the CIS Championship February 28 to March 2,2014 at the University of Regina.