SEMI-FINAL #2 CIS women’s volleyball championship, presented by SGI CANADA: UBC win over Laval sends T-Birds to final

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REGINA (CIS) – The No. 1 seed and Canada West championUniversity of British Columbia Thunderbirds rallied against the No.6 seed and RSEQ champs Université Laval Rouge et Or (24-26,25-13, 25-21, 25-18) in the second semifinal match held Saturdaynight at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport.

The win for UBC means a berth into the CIS Championship finalsfor the seventh consecutive year, where they’ll face No.2-seeded Manitoba.

Lisa Barclay and Abbey Keeping both had massive nights for UBC.Keeping ended up with 15 kills and just one error on 25 attacks fora match-high .560 hitting percentage to earn UBC player of thematch honours, while Barclay led all players with 20 kills and hit.410 in the win. The Thunderbirds dominated at the net, outblockingLaval by a 26-9 margin largely due to the efforts of Keeping, whohad a match-high eight blocks.

Both Eve Thibault and Esther Gilbert had 10 kills for laval,while Alyssa Fields-Bouchard had a team-high four blocks and addedeight kills. Sophie Dallaire also had eight kills and eight digs,while Valerie Lemay had a match-leading 16 digs. Laval now heads tothe bronze medal match against No. 6 seed and AUS championsDalhousie.

Both teams seesawed throughout the match with Laval coming backfrom 16-7 and 24-21 deficits in the first set to snatch a 26-24win. UBC rebounded and dominated the second set with a 25-13victory. In the third set, UBC started ahead but Laval attackedlate in the set to tie things up at 20. It proved to not be enoughas the T-Birds took a 25-21 win to go up 2-1 in the match. UBCcontrolled the fourth set and secured the match with a 25-18win.

Tomorrow night’s final match (6:00, www.cis-sic.tv) will mark the secondtime that Manitoba and UBC have met with a national championship onthe line. The two teams also played for a CIS title in Edmonton in2010, with UBC coming away with a marathon five-set victory in thatmatch.

Laval and Dalhousie will play for a CIS bronze medal beginningat 3 p.m. on Sunday.

STATLEADERS

UBC
Kills: Lisa Barclay (20), Abbey Keeping (15)
Points: Lisa Barclay (22), Abbey Keeping (21)
Blocks: Abbey Keeping (8), Juliana Kaufmanis and Mariah Bruinsma(5)
Digs: Briana Liau Kent (13), Lisa Barclay and Rosie Schlagintweit(12)
Service aces: Abbey Keeping (2)

Player of the match: Abbey Keeping

Laval
Kills: Esther Gilbert and Eve Thibault (10)
Points: Esther Gilbert and Alyssa Fields-Bouchard (12.5), SophieDallaire (11)
Blocks: Alyssa Fields-Bouchard (4), Sophie Dallaire (2)
Digs: Valérie Lemay (16), Eve Thibault (12), JoanyLeblanc-Bellemare (10)
Service aces: Esther Gilbert and Sophie Dallaire (2)

Player of the match: Esther Gilbert

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 3, Laval 1 (24-26, 25-13, 25-21, 25-18)

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