Photo Credit to Martin Bazyl
|Finale RSEQ – Match 3 (sinec.)|
Source: Jill Clark, Toronto Sports Info
TORONTO – The McMaster Marauders defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-22) in the OUA women’s volleyballgold-medal match to claim their second provincial title in programhistory on Sunday afternoon at the University of Toronto’sAthletic Centre Sports Gym.
Marauders rookie Sophie Bukovec was named the OUA Final FourMikasa most valuable player. The Etobicoke, Ont., native and OUAWest first team all-star led all players with 14 kills, three acesand two blocks in the championship final win. She also notched agame-high 30 kills in McMaster’s 3-1 semi-final victory overToronto on Saturday.
Both the Marauders and Gee-Gees are off to the 2014 CISchampionships next week (Feb. 28-March 2) at the University ofRegina.
McMaster’s Moanna Jedrzejewska added 12 kills and 11 digs,while Carly Heath had a team-high 16 digs. Amanda Weldon and KaylaNg split setting duties with 11 and 18 assists, respectively.
Bukovec got the Marauders out to an early 4-0 lead, but theGee-Gees battled back with a couple of kills from Kelsie Englishand two points from Kaly Soro to even the score at 9-9. McMaster regained the lead with a 7-2 streak and led 16-11 at thetechnical time out. Ottawa gained some ground and Sophie Chenailbrought the game within four (23-19), but another kill from Bukovecsealed the first set for the Marauders, 25-20.
The second set saw the Gee-Gees off to a 6-1 start, untilSorensen notched three points in an 8-2 run and the Marauders builta 16-13 lead at the timeout. McMaster surged ahead 20-14, but KaylaBell-Hammond led Ottawa on a 7-2 streak to bring the game withinreach. It wouldn’t be enough as a final kill fromBukovec took the second set 25-22 for McMaster.
Another 4-0 start from Ottawa was answered by McMaster as thetwo teams exchanged points up to 12-12. Bell-Hammond and KelsieEnglish led a four-point run for the Gee-Gees as they took a 16-12lead into the technical timeout. The Marauders showed greatresilience, going on a 9-4 run, which included three aces fromplayer of the game Kayla Ng, to take back the lead en route to the25-22 win.
Ottawa was led by Kelsie English, who notched seven kills andeight digs, while her sister and OUA West player of the year MyriamEnglish had six kills and 14 digs. Chenail ended the game withseven digs in the loss.
The host Toronto Varsity Blues defeated the Guelph Gryphons 3-0(25-14, 25-23, 25-22) to claim their third straight OUA bronzemedal earlier in the day.
Fourth-year left side hitter Charlotte Sider of Ottawa led allplayers with 15 kills and nine digs, while fellow OUA all-starJennifer Neilson notched eight kills and nine digs. BojanaRadan added five kills and a team-high three blocks, with CaleighCruickshank also adding five kills on the day.
Malena Rapaport and Julia Bellehumeur split setting duies with 14and 17 assists, respectively, while Denise Wooding led U of T with15 digs in the win.
Guelph’s Alicia Combe-Dingwall had four kills and three blocks,while Kristen Almhjell added 22 digs in the loss.