CONSOLATION #1: Dinos crush Western, to play for fifth
Courtesy of Queen’s University sports information
KINGSTON, Ont. (CIS) – The sixth-seeded Calgary Dinos rebounded from a disappointing first-round loss with a dominating 25-14, 25-21, 25-6 win against the No. 7 Western Mustangs in the first consolation match of the CIS men’s volleyball championship at Queen’s University, Saturday afternoon.
Led by 7-foot-1 middle Ivan Kartev of Calais, France, who earned Calgary player-of-the-game honours, the Canada West fourth-place finisher Dinos made quick work of the OUA finalists and will now face either No. 4 Alberta or No. 8 Dalhousie in the consolation finale for fifth place, Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern.
Calgary, who dropped a four-set decision to No. 3 Laval on Friday, had reached the CIS semifinals each of the past two years, claiming bronze a year ago after capturing the Tantramar Trophy in 2010.
Kartev was a force along the net as he recorded four kills on eight attacks and added 10 of his team’s 23 blocks to hold Western to a -.013 team hitting percentage.
Making their first trip to the CIS championship since 2001, the Mustangs return home with an 0-2 record. They couldn’t seem to recover from a heartbreaking quarter-final loss on Friday, when they were edged 19-17 in the fifth set by No. 2 Manitoba.
Western player of the game Allan Screaton had five kills on six attacks as well as three digs. He had a team-high .667 hitting percentage.
“The team was good and played well as a group and we liked how the game went,” said Kartev. “It was disappointing to lose yesterday but you have to get over it right after, that's the game that’s volleyball.”
Mustangs head coach Jim Sage sees the appearance at the championships as a learning opportunity for the program.
“Having the opportunity to play at a CIS championship is something we can take with us to give us more drive and next year the guys will have that much more experience.”
The Dinos came out swinging to start the game, as they opened up a 5-2 lead very early on. Western didn’t let them get any further ahead however as they went on a five point run to take a 7-5 lead. The teams traded the next eight points to move to a tie at 11. The Dinos pulled ahead heading into the technical timeout as they registered the next five points and a 16-11 lead.
Out of the technical timeout it was all Calgary as they continued to roll on the attack, earning a 19-11 lead and forcing Western to use their first timeout of the set. The Mustangs brought two points back to make it a 19-13 game, but that’s as close as they could get as the Dinos closed out the set with six of the final seven points to earn a 25-14 set victory.
The Mustangs looked strong to begin the second set as they took three of the opening four points. The Dinos battled back with three straight points of their own to take a 4-3 lead. The teams traded points until they were tied at 13 before the Mustangs regained their earlier form. They recorded three straight points to enter the technical timeout with a 16-13 lead.
After the timeout, momentum swung between the two teams with Calgary slowly chipping away at Western’s three point lead. They eventually drew even with the Mustangs at 19 points before taking a 21-20 lead. From there it was all Calgary to close out the set as the Dinos took four of the final five points in the set for a 25-21 win and their second set win of the game.
The Dinos were dominant defensively to open up the third set. After earning a 2-1 lead, three consecutive solo blocks by Kartev gave Calgary a 5-1 lead, forcing Western to call a timeout. The break in play didn’t do anything to slow down Calgary’s momentum as they recorded another five straight points which prompted Western to call their second timeout. Again, Calgary was not deterred by the break as they scored six of nine points to take the third set into the technical timeout.
Calgary couldn’t be stopped after the technical timeout. After the Mustangs recorded the first point coming out of the break, the Dinos went on a 9-1 run to finish the game as they won the third and final set by a 25-6 score.
Kills: Graham Vigrass (9)
Points: Graham Vigrass (10.5), Allen Meek (10)
Blocks: Ivan Kartev (10), Jay Blankenau (6)
Digs: Graham Vigrass (9), Jay Blankenau (8)
Service aces: Allen Meek (3), Greg Mann (1)
Assists: Jay Blankenau (25)
Player of the match: Ivan Kartev
Kills: Mathieu Poulin (9)
Points: Mathieu Poulin (10), Matthew Waite (7)
Blocks: Matthew Waite (4), Mathieu Poulin (2)
Digs: Andre Begin (7), Garrett May (4)
Service aces: Garrett May (1), Sean McKay (1)
Assists: Sean McKay (21)
Player of the match: Alan Screaton
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
NOTE: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada – in partnership with QTV.
Friday, March 2
13:00 Quarter-final #1: Laval 3, Calgary 1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-15)
15:00 Quarter-final #2: Manitoba 3, Western 2 (25-22, 25-27, 25-17, 22-25, 19-17)
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Queen’s 3, Alberta 1 (25-23, 25-18, 25-27, 25-23)
20:00 Quarter-final #4: Trinity Western 3, Dalhousie 0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-17)
Saturday, March 3
13:00 Consolation #1: Calgary 3, Western 0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-6)
15:00 Consolation #2: Alberta vs. Dalhousie
18:00 Semifinal #1: Laval vs. Manitoba
20:00 Semifinal #2: Queen’s vs. Trinity Western
Sunday, March 4
11:00 5th place: Calgary vs. TBD
13:00 Bronze medal
16:00 Championship final