Jan 11, 2015
Photo credit Adam Travis
|Memorial||3||UNB||2||Final||Box Score | Recap|
Source: UNB Sports Info
The UNB Varsity Reds women’s volleyball team fought until the bitter end, but fell 2-3 (25-16, 25-14, 26-28, 14-25, 14-16) to the Memorial Sea-Hawks in the second of this weekend’s two match-ups at the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER.
The Varsity Reds won yesterday’s game in straight sets, and for the first two sets of today’s game, it looked they were set to do the same.
In the third set, though, MUN came in reinvigorated, and started to pull ahead. UNB countered with some strong play of their own, including some great serving from veteran Paige Nelmes, but they couldn’t take back momentum and the Sea-Hawks took the set 28-26.
The Sea-Hawks went on to dominate the fourth set, posting a decisive 25-14 win. They took the lead early, and the V-Reds couldn’t seem to get themselves going in response.
“It’s such a game of momentum, and once our momentum was gone we had to fight to get it back,” UNB head coach Jilliane Goulet said. “And we never really did.”
The Varsity Reds rallied hard in the fifth set, but the Sea-Hawks managed to stay just enough ahead in the points to take it 16-14 and with that win the game. This is their second win this season.
Goulet says the V-Reds, who are currently ranked second in the AUS, will take this game as an opportunity to learn and improve for the rest of the season.
“Our serve-receive took a downward trend as the game went along and it affected the success we were having at the net early on,” she said.
“They also stopped making as many unforced errors and made us earn our points which we didn’t do a good enough job of.”
Leading scoring for the Varsity Reds was Vanja Mitrovic with 20.5 points including 17 kills. Paige Paulsen was also strong on the court with 40 assists. Leading scoring for the Sea-Hawks was Jill Snow with 23.5 points including 18 kills.
Goulet says UNB was also pleased to have Nelmes back on the court this weekend. Nelmes had an injury in exhibition play that caused her to sit out the first part of the season.
“She’s a difference-maker on our team and she has been since she came here,” Goulet said.
“She’s a little rusty from being off first semester, but once she shakes the rust off she’s going to be again a fierce competitor with us.”
The Varsity Reds play next on Saturday, January 18, when they host Saint Mary’s at 7pm.
The Sea-Hawks play next on Saturday, January 24, when they host Dalhousie at 6pm.
|Acadia||0||Dalhousie||3||Final||Box Score | Recap|
Source: Dalhousie Sports Info
This Sunday’s home court victory for the Tigers of 3-0 (25-15, 14-24, 25-16) brings them to a 4-6 record, good for third in AUS standings. The Axewomen drop into sixth place with a record of 2-9. The Subway Player of the Game Dalhousie’s Mieke Dumont who had 11 kills and eight digs.
The Tigers started strong and took the first set 25-15. The set began with the Tigers holding a small lead over the Axewomen. Nearing the end of the set the Tigers were able to strengthen that lead jumping from 10-13 to 14-22 with kills from Anna Dunn-Suen and Jessica Josenhans. Marissa Chin of the Axewomen ended the set well bringing Acadia three of their last four points, but it wasn’t enough to come back and take the set.
The Tigers jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the second set and continued to dominate the rest of the set, resulting in a final score of 25-14.
In the third and final set, the Axewomen were down early on once again, forced to battle to to try and close the Tigers 10-4 lead. Chin served tough, narrowing the Tigers lead to just two points, but that was as close as they would get. The Tigers notched 11 kills in the set compared to the Axewomen’s six, resulting in a final score of 25-16 and a straight set victory for the Tigers.
Dumont led the Tigers with 11 kills and 12 points, while Alexandra Hudson added 10 points of her own to the game. Marissa Mota led the team with 11 digs and Abby Czenze gave the Tigers a staggering 31 assists.
The Axewomen were led by Hillary Monette who led the game defensively with 12 digs, while Sarah Ross and Chin each managed seven kills throughout the game.
Both teams face the Cape Breton Capers in away games next weekend. The Axewomen on January 17th and the Tigers on the 18th.Both games get underway at 2:00pm.
Source: Shawn MacDonald, Queen’s Sports Information Officer
KINGSTON, Ont. – This Sunday the Gaels (9-4) fell to the York Lions (7-5) 2-3 in a tough fought match, snapping their six game winning streak with set scores 20-25, 16-25, 25-20, 25-16 and 11-15.
Brett Hagarty (Aurora, Ont.) opened the scoring in the first set for the Gaels with an unstoppable kill against York. The play went back and forth between the two teams until the Lions managed to get a seven-point streak putting them comfortably ahead of the Gaels 23-13. Queen’s managed to close the 10-point gap down at the Lions game point but a final kill by York player Veneta Mincheva ended the first set at 25-20.
In the second set the Lions opened the scoring against the Gaels and continued to lead for the rest of the set, as Queen’s was unable to get ahead. York had a strong cross-court attack against the Gaels and managed to get behind the Queen’s blocks to take the set 25-16.
In the third set Queen’s rallied hard, finally managing to grab a point advantage at the 14-point mark with successful attacks by the Gaels. Defensive efforts by Queen’s shutdown the Lions attack which enabled Brett Hagarty to bring the Gaels to game point with a serving ace. An attacking error by York gave Queen’s their first set win on the afternoon at 25-20.
Once again, in the fourth set the Lions opened the scoring but the Gaels turned up the heat with Shannon Neville(Cambridge, Ont.) setting the tone for the next set. Play went back and forth between the two teams until the 11-point mark where the Gaels managed to get a back-to-back four-point and five-point streaks putting them well ahead of the Lions. Neville finished off the set for Queen’s with a kill from Danielle Blumentrath (Burlington, Ont.), 25-16, forcing a final fifth set to determine the outcome of the match.
Neville opened the scoring for Queen’s in the final set but the Lions quickly grabbed a slight lead, taking the advantage. Despite a hard fought match by the Gaels, the York Lions managed a few sly tips over Queen’s blocks to take the set to game point. A serving error by the Gaels finished the match at 15-11, giving the Lions the 3-2 win over Queen’s.
The top scorer in today’s game was the York Lions Brittney Hopley with a game high of 20 kills and one serving ace. Close behind was Neville who led the attack for the Gaels with 18 kills and eight digs. On defence the Gaels Katie Hagarty (Aurora, Ont.), Niki Slikboer (Seagrave, Ont.) and Blumentrath held down the fort with three assisted blocks each.
The Gaels are back in action next Saturday at 3pm at RMC against the Paladins.
Source: Fraser Caldwell, McMaster Communications
Less than 24 hours after a hard-fought win in London, the Marauders produced their most dominant display of the season to blowout the Windsor Lancers on Sunday.
McMaster completed a straight-set win in little more than an hour (25-11, 25-19, 25-11) to improve to 9-3 atop the OUA West standings. Windsor, meanwhile, fell to 4-7 on the season and retained fourth place in the division.
The boxscore was an embarrassment of riches for the Marauders, with the team hitting for an average of .400 (41-85 with seven errors). Middle Taylor Brisebois and outside Rebecca Steckle led the team and the match with totals of 12.5 points, while Joanna Jedrzejewska had a game-high 12 kills. Setter Caitlin Genovy had game highs of 29 assists and 10 digs as far and away the leading passer of Sunday’s match.
Sunday’s win was the Marauders fourth straight in conference play, and seventh across all competitions. McMaster will continue their road trip in St. Catharines on Saturday, January 17, when they complete the season series against the Brock Badgers.
|Thompson Rivers||2||MacEwan||3||Final||Box Score | Recap|
Source: MacEwan Sports Info
It was a bumpy ride for the MacEwan University Griffins as they managed to squeak out another fifth set victory this season, this time besting the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack 3-2 (11-25, 25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12).
The ‘Pack started out quickly as Morgan Kolasa controlled much of the first set from the middle position, recording three kills and influencing much of the Griffins offence. Her strong play, along with the strength of Alyssa Wolf, would translate into a 25-11 romp in the early set.
Set two would see the Griffins find their energy and momentum as the block of Dakota Wilson and her outside blockers came alive to neutralize the hard hitting Iulia Pakhomenko. The Griffins would go on to take the second set 25-23.
Known for their signature tough serving, the Griffins would utilize that weapon in the third as they forced the ‘Pack out of their comfort zone on serve receive. The home team would ride that momentum to a 25-19 third set victory.
In the closest set of the matches, both teams came out locked in for the fourth. Both setters, Porsha Diggs for the Griffins and Katie Woo for the ‘Pack, ran exceptional offenses in the fourth making for a very entertaining set. The ‘Pack would prevail 25-22 on the strength of Pakhomenko who came alive with some thunderous kills.
In the fifth and deciding set it would be the Griffins who would take charge in the early goings. Michelle Bodnarek provided a strong option to outside hitters Cassidy Kinsella and Madison Porisky for the Griffins who earned the side change as the first team to eight points in the abbreviated game.
Following the side change, the ‘Pack continued to fight back, but the Griffins would reach the finish line first, taking the deciding set 15-12 and the match 3-2.
Porsha Diggs was named the Griffins player of the game, while Kara Twomey earned the honours for the ‘Pack.
The Griffins will head on the road to play a weekend series at Trinity Western University, while the Wolfpack play a Thursday/Saturday split series with UBC-Okanagan. Game times for both are slated for 6:00 p.m. PT.