SEMI-FINAL #1 CIS women’s volleyball championship, presented by SGI CANADA: Manitoba heads to CIS finals with win over Dalhousie

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REGINA (CIS) – The No. 2 seed University of ManitobaBisons are off to the 2014 CIS Women’s VolleyballChampionship finals following a three-set sweep over No. 6-seededDalhousie (25-22, 25-13, 25-21) in Saturday’s 6 p.m.semifinal match at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health andSport.

The win secured Manitoba a ticket to the championship finalswhere they will meet the winner of the UBC/Laval semifinal to beheld later on Saturday night.

Manitoba remains undefeated againstDalhousie in CIS Championship play, as the Bisons are now 6-0all-time against the Tigers.

Mariel Garcia helped the Bisons with a .556 hitting percentage,going 10-for-18 with no errors and adding eight digs. TaylorPischke added 12 kills and had just two errors while hitting .370,while libero Caleigh Dobie had a team-leading nine digs forManitoba.

Dalhousie’s defence ended up with a total of 43 digs and11 blocks, with Katherine Ryan leading the way with 13 digs.Desiree Nouwen led all players with 17 kills on 42 attacks and alsoadded an assisted block to end up with 17.5 points.Dalhousie’s 11-match winning streak comes to an end with thesetback, which sends the Tigers to the bronze medal match wherethey’ll face the loser of the UBC/Laval semifinal.

The Bisons started the first set with an early lead but theTigers came back to even the score and it remained an alternatingbattle with Manitoba coming out on top 25-22. In the second set,Manitoba continued their strong play with a 25-13 win to make it2-0. Manitoba led from almost wire to wire in the third set andsurvived a late Dalhousie run to take the match with a 25-21win.

The bronze medal match will serve at 3 p.m. tomorrow, while thechampionship final is scheduled for 6 p.m.

STATLEADERS

Manitoba
Kills: Taylor Pischke (12), Mariel Garcia (10)
Points: Taylor Pischke (12), Mariel Garcia (11)
Blocks: Rachel Cockrell, Emily Erickson, Brittany Habing, JordanaMilne (0,1)
Digs: Caleigh Dobie (9)
Service aces: Brittany Habing (2)

Player of the match: Taylor Pischke

Dalhousie
Kills: Desiree Nouwen (17), Maggie Li, Tara Gowan (5)
Points: Desiree Nouwen (17.5), Tara Gowan (6.5)
Blocks: Tara Gowan, Rachel Wright (0,3)
Digs: Katherine Ryan (13)
Service aces: Maggie Li (2)

Player of the match: Tara Gowan

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: Laval 3, McMaster 0 (25-15, 25-20,25-19)

Saturday, March 1
13:00 Consolation #1: Trinity Western 3, Ottawa 0 (25-14, 25-22,25-15)
15:00 Consolation #2: Regina 3, McMaster 0 (25-18, 25-20,25-15)
18:00 Semifinal #1: Manitoba 3, Dalhousie 0 (25-22, 25-13,25-21)
20:00 Semifinal #2: UBC vs. Laval (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Sunday, March 2
13:00 5th place: Trinity Western vs. Regina (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
15:00 Bronze medal: Dalhousie vs. Loser Semifinal #2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:00 Championship final: Manitoba vs. Winner Semifinal #2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and700 coaches from 55 universities and four regional associations viefor 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS alsoprovides high performance international opportunities for Canadianstudent-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well asnumerous world university championships. For further information,visit www.cis-sic.ca or followus on:

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