|Manitoba (14-8 / 6-1)||25||25||25||3|
|UBC (18-4 / 4-1)||22||22||20||0|
| K: Rachel Cockrell – 18
B: 2 Players (#3, #13 – 6)
D: Caleigh Dobie – 10
SA: Mariel Garcia – 2
| K: Lisa Barclay – 13
B: Mariah Bruinsma – 5
D: Juliana Kaufmanis – 10
SA: Abbey Keeping – 3
Photo by Rob Weitzel –www.sportsshooter.ca
REGINA (CIS) – The University of Manitoba Bisons deniedthe University of British Columbia’s attempt at history bydefeating the Thunderbirds in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-20)to capture the 2014 CIS women`s volleyball championship on Sundayat the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport.
UBC entered the gold-medal final having won the last sixnational titles, tied with Winnipeg and Alberta for the longeststreak in CIS women’s volleyball annals. T-Birds were the topseed going into this weekend’s tournament after sweepingManitoba in straight sets in last week’s Canada Westfinal.
Instead, it was the Bisons who made some history of their own.With the upset win, they claimed their first CIS banner since 2002and their seventh overall, moving in a tie for second placeall-time (with Winnipeg and Alberta), three behind UBC.
Manitoba’s Rachel Cockrell was named the championship MVPafter registering a match-high 18 kills on 34 attempts in the finalwith just one error for a .500 hitting percentage. Cockrell wasalso in on five blocks for the Bisons.
Taylor Pischke finished with six kills and six digs for the newchamps, Brittany Habing recorded a match-high 28 assists to goalong with five blocks, while Emily Erickson and Jordana Milneposted six blocks apiece. Pischke and Habing accompanied Cockrellon the tournament all-star team.
UBC was led by CIS player of the year Lisa Barclay, who had 13kills and nine digs in a losing cause. Abbey Keeping also haddouble-digit kills with 10, while Kirsty Setterlund chipped in with27 assists and four digs. Barclay, the championship MVP in both2012 and 2013, was once again voted to the all-tourney team, alongwith Keeping.
In the opening set, the Thunderbirds jumped out to a 6-2 leadearly prompting a timeout by Manitoba. The Bisons regrouped,rallying to score five of the next six points to tie the set at 7and force the T-Birds to call a timeout of their own. The set washard-fought to the technical, where UBC held a 16-14 lead. Thebattle continued, as the teams found themselves locked again, thistime at 20. A Cockrell kill set the Bisons up at set-point, thenback-to-back digs from Pischke led to another kill from Cockrell,and Manitoba took the first frame 25-22.
UBC once again started strong in the second and was up 6-2 whenManitoba called timeout. The Bisons rallied again, enough so totake a 16-12 lead at the technical. Coming out of the break, UBCscored four straight points to tie it at 16. Neither team couldgain an edge, as the set was tied at every point from 16 through22. A kill and pair of blocks from Cockrell spurred the Bisons totake three straight points and close the period, giving them a 2-0lead in the match.
In the third, the Bisons broke an early 4-4 and did notsurrender the lead for the rest of the set. Two kills from Cockrelland a pair of service aces from Mariel Garcia set up championshippoint, and Pischke hammered a kill down the line to send theManitoba bench into a frenzy.
Kills: Rachel Cockrell (18), Taylor Pischke (6)
Points: Rachel Cockrell (22), Jordana Milne (9)
Blocks: Jordana Milne (0,6), Emily Erickson (0,6)
Digs: Caleigh Dobie (10)
Service aces: Mariel Garcia (2)
Player of the match: Rachel Cockrell
Kills: Lisa Barclay (13), Abbey Keeping (10)
Points: Lisa Barclay (14), Abbey Keeping (13)
Blocks: Mariah Bruinsma (2,3)
Digs: Juliana Kaufmanis (10), Lisa Barclay (9)
Service aces: Abbey Keeping (3)
Player of the match: Kirsty Setterlund
CIS Championship MVP – Rachel Cockrell, Manitoba
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award – Katherine Ryan, Dalhousie
Lisa Barclay, UBC
Rachel Cockrell, Manitoba
Esther Gilbert, Laval
Brittany Habing, Manitoba
Abbey Keeping, UBC
Desiree Nouwen, Dalhousie
Taylor Pischke, Manitoba
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: Trinity Western 3, Regina 2 (22-25, 25-23, 25-22,16-25, 15-13)
15:00 Bronze medal: Laval 3, Dalhousie 1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23,25-15)
18:00 Championship final: Manitoba 3, UBC 0 (25-22, 25-22,25-20)
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