Longueuil, March 12 – In the first round of competition at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit’s Sports Complex in Longueuil, the Vancouver Island University Mariners, Élans de Garneau , Grande Prairie Wolves and Red Deer College Queens won their quarter-final games insuring them a spot in the semi-final games on Friday.
The other four teams, the MSVU Mystics, the Humber Hawks, the Camosun Chargers and the Lynx d’Édouard-Montpetit will battle to win a spot for the bronze medal game.
Game 1 Recap – Straight set win for the Mariners (VIU) Over the Mystics (MSVU)
In the opening game of the Championships, the VIU Mariners, PACWEST Champions, easily won their first game in three sets 25-20, 25-19 and 25-23 against the MSVU Mystics from Halifax.
Tyler Turnbull (1), Mariners’ center and All-Canadian, played an outstanding game with 11 kills, four blocks, four digs and one ace.
Claire Meloughlin (14), Mariners’ setter, was chosen Player of the Game for the winning team with five kills, three digs and one ace.
For the Mystics, outside player Madison Urquhart (4), ACAA rookie of the year, was chosen player of the game with a record of nine kills, 11 digs, one ace and one block.
Led by head coach Shane Hyde, the Mariners will meet FX Garneau’s Elans in the first semi-final game on Friday, March 13 at 6. As for the Mystics, led by head coach Derrick Brooks, they will be playing against Humber’s Hawks in the qualifying game for the bronze medal semi-finals.
Game 2 Recap – Élans (FXG) Manage to Win Tight Game Against Hawks
With a perfect 14-0 season record as well as a 2014-2015 RSEQ Championship in their pockets, the Élans were in a strong position to tackle the eight-time champions from the OCAA, the Humber Hawks from Toronto. After three close sets that were led by Humber in the first part of the game, 25-23, 23-25 et 23-25, Garneau, from Québec City, came back from behind and won the last two sets 25-21, 15-8.
All-Canadian and finalist for Player of the Year, Maud Chapleau, had a great game with 20 kills, one ace, two blocks and 18 digs. Despite her team’s loss, Thalia Hanniman, All-Canadian and Player of the Year in the OCAA played an outstanding game with a record of 23 kills, two aces, two blocks and 12 digs.
Outside player from Garneau, Noémie Daigneault, was named Player of the Game (nine kills, three aces, one block and 18 digs) and for the Hawks, Jolande Amoraal, was chosen as the best player for her team (one kill and 24 digs).
Game 3 Recap – Chargers Bite the Dust in Loss Against Wolves
The Grande Prairie Wolves, ranked second in the ACAC conference, were matched against the Camosun Chargers, silver medalist in the PACWEST Conference Championship, led by CCAA Coach of the Year, Chris Dahl. The Wolves won the game in four sets 25-22, 25-18, 24-26 et 25-23 and the last the sets were neck to neck.
All-Canadian Forrest-Drezet (6), setter for the Wolfes of Grande Prairie, played the game as she played in the regular season by being named Player of the Game with a record of 12 kills, four blocks and one dig. As for the Chargers from Victoria, setter Erika Sheen, was the best player of her team with one kill and two digs.
Game 4 Recap – Queens Remain on Top as They Defeat Host Team Lynx
After dominating in the first set 25-13, the host Édouard-Montpetit’s Lynx were defeated by No. 1 seed Red Deer. True to form, the 2014 CCAA Champions and 2015 ACAC conference champions won the last three sets 25-19, 25-17 and 25-17.
Queens’ center Megan Schmidt, was selected Player of the Game with a record of one ace, six kills, one block one dig. For Édouard-Montpetit, center Adryanna Dorismond-Rodrigue, this year’s Championship poster girl, played a brilliant game with 11 kills, three blocks and 11 digs.
The Tournament Continues on Friday
On Friday, the competition will be fierce. At 1 p.m., the Mystics from Halifax will compete against the Hawks and at 3 p.m., the home team Lynx will face the Chargers. They will be fighting for a spot in the semi-final games for the Bronze Medal.
At 6 p.m., in the first semi-final game for gold, Shane Hyde’s VIU Mariners will be meeting Julien Paquette’s Élans de Garneau.
The last game at 8 p.m. will feature number one seed Red Deer College Queens and No,. 5 seed Grande Prairie’s Wolves. Tthey will try to reach the final game on Saturday.
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