|UBC (18-4 / 3-0)||22||25||25||25||3|
|Regina (12-10 / 0-3)||25||23||12||16||1|
| K: Lisa Barclay – 20
B: Mariah Bruinsma – 8
D: Lisa Barclay – 13
SA: Mariah Bruinsma – 2
Photo by Rob Weitzel –www.sportsshooter.ca
REGINA (CIS) – The University of British ColumbiaThunderbirds defeat the University of Regina Cougars three sets toone (22-25, 25-23, 25-12, 25-16) during the CIS Championshipquarter-finals at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport onFriday.
The heavily favoured UBC Thunderbirds secured their place in asemifinal match with a 3-1 win over the hometown Regina Cougars.Losing the first set, the Canada West champion T-Birds were able totake three in a row, knocking Regina down to the consolationsemifinal in the CIS women’s volleyball championship.
The Thunderbirds will continue on their road into the recordbooks as they look towards their seventh straight banner win. Theywill take on the winner of the Laval Rouge et Or against McMasterMarauders Friday night quarter-final meeting, duringSaturday’s semifinal match scheduled for 8 p.m. CST atCKHS.
The top seed coming into the tournament, UBC had to battle theNo. 8 Cougars and their home crowd. But the host team ended upbeing no match for Lisa Barclay, who topped the game with 20 killson 42 attempts and 13 digs, Mariah Bruinsma, with a game high eightblocks, and Briana Liau Kent who added ten digs for theT-Birds.
Regina was able to hold their own but it proved to be not enoughin the challenge against the No. 1 Thunderbirds. Desiree Atestopped her teammates with 14 digs, 14 kills and three service aces,while Michelle Sweeting added to the team with 12 kills.
The Cougars will now meet the loser of the late night Fridayquarter-final match of Laval verse McMaster in Saturday’s 3p.m. CST consolation semifinal.
The first set of the match proved that the favoured UBC couldnot take Regina lightly, as it was a back and forth battle, withthe Cougars coming out on top. However, the T-Birds came back totake the second set and led for the entire third to come out 2-1going into the fourth. From there, UBC dominated the fourth set tosecure the match and take with them the win.
UBC’s defense held strong with 28 blocks to Regina’s12 and challenged the home team’s 37 kills and .083 hittingwith a .212 at 57 kills.
Kills: Lisa Barclay (20), Rosie Schlagintweit, Juliana Kaufmanis(8)
Points: Lisa Barclay (24), Abbey Keeping (11)
Blocks: Mariah Bruinsma (8)
Digs: Lisa Barclay (13)
Service aces: Mariah Bruinsma (2)
Player of the match: Alissa Coulter
Kills: Desiree Ates (14), Michelle Sweeting (12)
Points: Desiree Ates (18), Michelle Sweeting (14)
Blocks: Molly Wade-Cummings (4)
Digs: Desiree Ates (14)
Service aces: Desiree Ates (3)
Player of the match: Michelle Sweeting
CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE (all times CENTRAL TIME)
Friday, February 28
13:00 Quarter-final #1: Dalhousie 3, Trinity Western 1 (25-21,15-25, 25-19, 25-23)
15:00 Quarter-final #2: Manitoba 3, Ottawa 0 (25-17, 25-23,25-16)
18:00 Quarter-final #3: UBC 3, Regina 1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-12,25-16)
20:00 Quarter-final #4: No. 4 Laval vs. No. 5 McMaster (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, March 1
13:00 Consolation #1: Trinity Western vs. Ottawa (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
15:00 Consolation #2: Regina vs. Loser quarter-final #4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:00 Semifinal #1: Dalhousie vs. Manitoba (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
20:00 Semifinal #2: UBC vs. Winner quarter-final #4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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