CIS women’s volleyball Friday roundup: Cougars topple No. 1 Heat

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Jan 30, 2015

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Moncton 0 Dalhousie 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Dalhousie Sports Communications

HALIFAX, N.S. – The Dalhousie Tigers extended their winning streak to six games Friday night at the Dalplex as they dispatched the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleues 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-17).

The Aigles Bleues are now winless in their last nine games. The Tigers have only dropped one set during the six-game surge.

Mieke Dumont a game-high 11 kills in the victory, while Anna Dunn-Suen added 10 kills and 11 digs. Last week’s female Subway AUS athlete of the week Marisa Mota had 14 digs.

Alyssa Turenne had a team-high eight kills in the loss for Moncton, while Christelle Bertin chipped in seven kills and eight digs. Catherine Guitard came up big defensively with 14 digs.

After the Tigers jumped out to a 16-11 lead in the first set, they went on a 9-4 run as they took the first set 25-15.

The Aigles Bleues soared out to a 9-4 lead early in the second set, but the Tigers came right back as they regained the lead to make it a 11-10 game. They kept up the momentum for the rest of the quarter, winning 25-23 and putting them within one set win of a game victory.

Moncton looked good early on in the third set, but the Tigers persevered to take the final set 25-17 to take the game 3-0.

It would also mark the last time that both Jane Delahunt and Alexandra Hudson would don the black and gold at the Dalplex. Both players were honored after the game for their excellent play for the Tigers.

Both teams have one game left to go in the season. The Tigers will take on the Saint Mary’s Huskies on the road next Thursday, while the Aigles Bleues will look to end their season on a winning note when they take on the Cape Breton Capers next Sunday.

UNB 1 Saint Mary’s 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: SMU Communications

HALIFAX, N.S. – SMU’s Rachel Windhorst continues to shine as the top Atlantic University Sport women’s volleyball hitter.

The second year Surrey, BC native had 18 kills and 12 digs for the Huskies in a 3-1 match win over the UNB Varsity Reds Friday night.

Set scores were 25-22, 16-25, 25-17, 25-21.

Up 12-7 in the first set, UNB’s lead slipped away as SMU tied it up 16-16. SMU led 23-22 before winning the set 25-22 on a Shelby Charlton (Strathry, ON) block.

UNB built an early 12-3 second set lead and easily won 25-16.

In the third set up 8-7, SMU used a 12-7 spurt for a 20-14 cushion, winning their second set 25-17.

Both teams came out swinging in the fourth set, trading points with each 11-11. A quick SMU run had the score 16-12 before UNB chipped away to within one point, 16-15. Another 5-1 Huskies run had it 21-16 as Saint Mary’s won the set 25-21.

Saint Mary’s held a 51-41 kill advantage and had more digs 71-66 in the win.

UNB won the service aces 8-5.

Saint Mary’s sits alone atop first place in AUS play at 10-4 while UNB drops to 8-5 on the year.

The Varsity Reds were lead by Vanja Mitrovic (Fredericton, NB) with 14 kills and seven digs while Victoria Eadle (Gallagher Ridge, NB) added 13 kills and 11 digs.

Also appearing on the game sheet for the Huskies were Maddie Clark (Ottawa,ON) with nine kills, Erin Smith (Moncton, NB) and Shelby Carlton (Strathroy, ON) eight kills each, Shelby Michaels (Mill Bay, BC) seven kills, Tessa Michaels (Mill Bay, BC) had 16 digs and Elly Prince (Calgary, AB) finished with one kill.

Saint Mary’s is on the road Sunday Feb. 1st at Acadia for a 2pm game and host Dalhousie on Thursday Feb. 5th with a 7pm Seniors Night.

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Alberta 2 Brandon 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Brandon Sports Info

BRANDON – The #8 nationally ranked Brandon Bobcats went to five-sets for the tenth time this season, and picked up a huge win in the process over the #2 Alberta Pandas 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13).

The Bobcats took control of the first set, earning as much as a six point lead at 18-12, and finished the set 25-18 with a kill from Mary Thomson. The second set saw the Pandas bounce back early, going on a 5-1 run to open the frame. Brandon battled back to 8-9, but couldn’t hold off the strong Alberta attack, losing the set 22-25.

Brandon demonstrated their mental tenacity in the third set, clawing their way back from at 5-12 deficit. Tori Dakin served six in a row to see the Bobcats lead the Pandas at 21-19. The Bobcats held onto their lead and finished off the third set 25-23.

The fourth set was all Pandas, but the Bobcats weren’t finished. Despite opening the final frame on a 0-4 run, the Bobcats were able to tie things up at 12 with four consecutive serves from Mary Thomson. Fifth-years Meaghan Robertson and Tori Dakin closed out the set with a huge block, winning the set and the match.

Dakin had a big night for the Bobcats earning a double-double with 16 kills, 19 digs, six blocks, and two services aces. Shanlee McLennan added 16 kills, eight digs, and two blocks. Mary Thomson put up an impressive 45 assists, 18 digs and two service aces.

Meg Casault led the Panda attack with a double-double, notching 25 kills, 16 digs, and one service ace. Josephine Doerfler added 18 kills and eight digs.

Though the match went to five sets head coach Lee Carter is happy with how his team battled through the pressure.

“Every match that we’ve played that’s gone to five sets we’ve been able to step up and play very tough. The girls have been good at understanding how to step up and play when the game is on the line. Hopefully we can get a few more done earlier, but at this time in the year a win is a win,” says Carter

Carter is impressed with the caliber of game his team played against one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.

“It’s a good team win. It also demonstrated what we can do as a team collectively. Having been down in a few of the sets, we focused on serving tough, taking a player out, and then capitalizing on our block assignments. It showed that when we play our way we can play a quality game,” added Carter.

The win brings the Bobcats record to 13-8, while the Pandas sit at 16-5.

Both teams will face off again Saturday night in Brandon at the Health Living Centre. The first serve will take place at 5pm

MacEwan 3 Regina 1 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Regina Sports Info

Michelle Sweeting had a career-high 22 kills and became the University of Regina’s all-time leader in both career kills and career blocks on Friday night, but her Cougars suffered a four-set loss to MacEwan in a Canada West women’s volleyball match at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

MacEwan (10-11) came out of the gates with 25-19 and 25-23 wins in the first two sets before the Cougars pulled out a 25-23 win in a third set which they trailed by as many as seven points after the technical timeout. The Griffins clinched the match with a 25-22 victory in the fourth, and are now just one win back of Manitoba and UBC who are both tied for the final two Canada West postseason berths with 11-10 records.

But for Sweeting, it was a career night. Besides her 22 kills which eclipsed her previous high of 21 set earlier this season, she also jumped to the top of the school’s career lists in both all-time kills and blocks – passing former Cougar middle Beth Clark in both categories. With three matches to go, Sweeting now has 965 career kills and 345 career blocks.

MacEwan’s balanced attack saw four players with at least nine kills, including Madison Porisky (13), Dakota Wilson (12), Cassidy Kinsella (11), and Christina Campbell (9). Kinsella had 14 digs and Porisky added 13 digs, while Wilson was brilliant at the net with a match-high 11 blocks as all three players registered double-doubles for the Griffins. Libero Karly Edgar had a team-high 16 digs, while setter Rebecca Martin finished with 41 assists.

Tori Glynn led all players with 18 digs for the Cougars (6-15) while chipping in with eight kills, while Sweeting, Leah Shevkenek, and Molly Wade-Cummings each had a solo block and three block assists. Shevkenek had 45 assists and three aces, while libero Lindsay Braul had 15 digs for the U of R.

MacEwan came out strong with an 11-4 lead in the first set with extended serving stints by both Jacey Hook and Rebecca Martin, though the Cougars would make things interesting with an 8-3 run following the technical timeout that cut MacEwan’s lead to just 19-17. But the Griffins put together a 6-2 run of their own, capped by a Porisky kill that gave MacEwan a 25-19 win. It was Regina’s turn to lead most of the way in the second set, but MacEwan turned the tides after the Cougars went up 21-18 and scored seven of the set’s final nine points for a 25-23 win that gave the visitors a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

It looked as though MacEwan would cruise to a three-set win after going up 18-11 in the third, but Cougar head coach Melanie Sanford called a timeout and the home side turned it on from there. A huge 14-5 run gave the Cougars a 25-23 win to force a fourth, but the Cougars weren’t able to push it to a fifth and deciding set. They took a 16-13 lead into the technical timeout, but MacEwan scored six consecutive points with Kinsella serving to go up three. Regina scored four straight of its own to briefly take the lead back, but MacEwan collected six of the final eight points to claim the match with a 25-22 win.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night (5:00, canadawest.tv).

NOTES: Wade-Cummings broke Sweeting’s school single-season blocks record on Friday, passing the mark of 86 set by Sweeting last year … Wade-Cummings now has 90 on the season, but Sweeting is just behind her with 86.

UBC Okanagan 2 Mount Royal 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Mount Royal Sports Info

CALGARY- The Mount Royal Cougars defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat, the number one team in the CIS 3-2 (25-22, 13-25, 25-15, 17-25, 17-5). Fallon Middlemiss led the Cougars to victory with 18 kills and 15 digs on her senior night.

The Cougars and Heat were neck and neck throughout the entire first set. It wasn’t until the Cougars won a small and got an out of bound balls to take the first set 25-22.
UBC Okanagan dominated the first set going up 20-10 on the first 30 points. The Cougars tried to claw back, but couldn’t solve the UBC Okanagan attack. The Heat took the second set 25-13.

The Cougars took over in the third set, with two six-point rallies. The Heat just couldn’t keep pace with the Cougars. The third set ended with a great kill by Nicky Zalasky and Mount Royal won 25-15.

UBC came back into the fourth with consistent rallies bringing them into the lead. The Cougars fought back gaining a couple of points, the Heat were already in the driver’s seat. The Heat won the fourth set on a block by Megan Festival and Katy Klomps.

The Cougars were utterly dominant in the fifth set. They began with a six point run and buried the Heat’s chance early. At 12-4 UBC Okanagan took a timeout but it was too late. Fallon Middlemiss sealed her final home game in style with the kill, giving MRU a 15-7 set victory.

Mount Royal improves to 5-17 on the season. They will conclude their regular season next weekend when they travel up to Alberta to play the Pandas.

UBC Okanagan drops to 17-5 and but continue to lead the Canada West conference. They are currently ranked #1 in the Canada West conference.

UBC 1 Calgary 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Calgary Sports Info

CALGARY – In one of their last home games of the season, the No. 10 University of Calgary Dinos defeated the No. 7 UBC Thunderbirds 3-1 (25-20-25-22, 20-25, 25-22) at Jack Simpson Gym on Jan. 30.

Calgary now improves to 13-10 with one regular season game left to play, while UBC drops to 11-10. With playoffs just around the corner, head coach Natalie Gurnsey stressed how important the win was for the Dinos tonight.

“This win was key so that we’re not crossing out fingers next week when we have a bye. That’s the biggest thing, to secure a playoff position this weekend. Even bigger than that was this team getting a win where we felt really confident playing together and getting the win as a group and so it was two-fold for us.”

The Dinos were led by middles Jaylynn Moffatt and Beth Vinnell with 20 and 15 kills, respectively. Rookie Kate Pexman also hit double digits with 12 kills and 7 digs. Libero Amber Brown had a game-high 16 digs while setter Jordhynn Guy recorded a game-high 46 assists.

For the Thunderbirds, both Lisa Barclay and Rosie Schlagintweit recorded 19 kills. Libero Juliana Kaufmanis added a team-high 11 digs and setter Alessandra Gentile recorded 41 assists.

“I believe it was a fantastic team effort, but Jaylynn Moffatt was absolutely stellar tonight,” said Gurnsey. “Jordhynn [Guy] was very solid for us as well, she ran the game plan that we needed, and then I think at different moments different people stepped up. Laura McManes get a huge stuff block against one of their best left-sides and that was a great moment in the match.”

Both powerhouse teams were so evenly matched that every single set had the teams tied at 20 all. In the first, the difference maker was Vinnell, who rotated to the back row and subsequently served three aces and a couple more to prevent the Thunderbirds from taking the first set. The rookie middle was strong in the second set along with fellow middle Moffatt, with both providing offence and defence at the net. It was also the defensive work of Jordhynn Guy that allowed the Dinos to take a two set lead.

In the third, Calgary found themselves playing catch up throughout most of the beginning of the match with trouble attacking. The defence from UBC’s outside hitters made it difficult for Calgary to get anything going. Trailing 18-13, the Dinos found a way to tie up the set at 19 all and taking the lead, but only for a short time. It was Barclay who carried the Thunderbirds to the win, scoring on the final three points of the third, forcing a fourth set.

In the final set of the match, the Dinos had their best start of the night, going up 6-1 and playing scrappy defence. UBC didn’t tie the game up until 13 all with two aces from first-year Ciara Hanly. The set remained tied up to 22 all, before the Dinos confident playing at a crucial time earned them the win.

“The whole week we’ve been talking about going through our process and going through every point on an even keel and letting it go, good or bad,” said Gurnsey. “That’s what I think helped us stay even throughout the match.”

The Dinos will rematch the Thunderbirds tomorrow night at 5pm in their final regular season game. Calgary will also honour fifth-years Guy and Brown at Enterprise Senior Night following the match.

Saskatchewan 0 Trinity Western 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Trinity Western Sports Info

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 5 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team clinched home court advantage for first round of the playoffs with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-20) win over Saskatchewan Friday at the Langley Events Centre.

Led by Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa), who had 13 kills and four aces, the Spartans improved to 16-5 on the season and are now tied with Alberta for second in Canada West. The Huskies dropped to 5-16.

The two teams will play in the rematch Saturday at 5 p.m. at the LEC.

After Carpentier, it was Elly Wendel (Caronport, Sask.) and Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) contributing nine kills each for TWU, while Katelyn Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) had seven kills and hit .600 on the night. Perrin also had a match-high five blocks.

Emily Humbert had eight kills to lead the Huskies while Jenelle Sokoloski and Anne Hanbidge each had five kills. Jennifer Hueser had a match-high 15 digs.

As a team, TWU hit .274 compared to Saskatchewan’s 077. The Spartans also had an 8-3 edge in blocks.

“I thought our attacking was so-so in the first set but then we picked it up over the final two sets,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer, whose team hit .196 in the first set before hitting .324 the rest of the way. “It was a matter of figuring out a new team and figuring out how they block and how we’re going to score points. I thought Katie Devaney hit really well with nice volume and she blocked well. I thought we also did some good things in the back court to keep the ball alive and forced them to really work to score.”

The teams traded points early in the first set, but with TWU up 9-8, the Spartans went on a 3-0 run that turned the game’s momentum towards the home side. The Spartans led by at least two points the rest of the way and pulled away in the late stages for a six-point win. Carpentier led TWU with six kills while Humbert had a team-high three kills for Saskatchewan.

In the second set, the Spartans took an 8-3 lead after a Devaney kill and maintained control throughout. A Carly Hamilton (Calgary) kill made it 16-9 at the technical timeout and the Spartans, who hit .400 as a team in the set, rolled to a 10-point win. Perrin and Carpentier each had four kills to lead TWU.

Midway through the third set, the Spartans took a 12-10 lead, but then the Huskies found their rhythm. On the strength of two kills from Sokoloski, Saskatchewan went on a 7-1 run to take a 17-13 lead. However, TWU responded with a run of its own to take a 19-18 lead. From there, the Spartans cruised to a five-point win, with Wendel earning the winning kill.

Game Notes: The Spartans enter the final three games of the regular season just one game behind UBC Okanagan for first place and with a game in hand…TWU has never finished first in the regular season in Canada West.

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