CONSOLATION FINAL: Dinos win Battle of Alberta, finish fifth
Courtesy of Queen’s University sports information
KINGSTON, Ont. (CIS) – The sixth-place Calgary Dinos defeated the No. 4 Alberta Golden Bears 21-25, 25-15, 25-16 and 25-20 in Sunday morning’s consolation final to finish in fifth place at the CIS men’s volleyball championship held at Queen’s University’s ARC.
The game was a rematch of last weekend’s Canada West bronze medal match won in four sets by Alberta.
The Dinos return home from the CIS tournament with a 2-1 record including a 3-1 quarterfinal loss to No. 3 Laval on Friday, a 3-0 consolation victory over No. 7 Western on Saturday, and the win over their provincial rivals.
The Bears lost 3-1 to No. 5 Queen’s in the first round before sweeping No. 8 Dalhousie in straight set on Saturday.
Calgary was led by fifth-year right side hitter Allen Meek of Calgary, who earned player of the game honours. Meek was the top attacker for the Dinos as he recorded a team-high 13 kills and a service ace. He also contributed six digs and four blocks on defence.
The Golden Bears were led by player of the game Jay Olmstead of Edmonton, who had a game-high 15 kills and chipped in eight digs on defence.
“It feels very good and it's nice to win especially for the fifth year guys who are playing their last game,” said Calgary’s Ivan Kartev of Calais, France. “It's a great win for everyone on the team and the coaches.”
Olmstead, Alberta’s player of the match, attributed the Golden Bears’ lack of success to difficulty executing.
“It's tough to lose the last game and obviously for both teams this isn't the game we wanted to be in. We played hard and that's the most important thing, I think we all wanted it badly but just didn't execute well.”
The teams were evenly matched to start the game as they traded the first 10 points of the game. With two lead changes early on, Alberta came from two points down to open up a three point lead of their own. They maintained that gap into the technical timeout as they led the Dinos by a 16-14 score.
The Dinos mounted a comeback down three points at 18-15 to even up the score at 19. The Golden Bears rebounded however, and took a 22-20 lead which prompted Calgary to use their first timeout of the set. The Dinos couldn’t slow down Alberta’s momentum after the break, as the Golden Bears took three of the next four points to clinch the first set by a 25-21 score.
The Golden Bears came out hot to start the second set, recording the first three points of the frame. Calgary wasn’t deterred though, as they fought their way back into the game and went on a four point run to take a 6-4 lead. The Dinos maintained their lead at 9-6 which forced Alberta to call a timeout. The Golden Bears were stronger after the break, cutting into the Dinos lead at 11-9 and forcing Calgary to call a timeout of their own. The Dinos were bolstered by the break as they took four of the next five points to lead at the technical timeout, 16-10.
The Dinos kept swinging after technical timeout as they continued their run. They took a quick four of five points in the set to open up the gap further on Alberta by a 20-11 margin, in turn forcing the Golden Bears to take their second timeout. The Golden Bears improved after the timeout but the margin was too wide to gain any ground as they fell in the second set, 25-15 to tie the game at one.
The teams were even to open the second set as they traded the first six points of the game to sit at a 3-3 tie. The Dinos got hot from there though, as they went on a five point run to take a lead and force Alberta to call a timeout. The Golden Bears began to pick up points but had difficulty reeling in the Dinos. As a result, Calgary went into the technical timeout with a 16-10 lead.
The Golden Bears came out strong after the break as they took three of four points to narrow the Calgary lead to 17-14. The Dinos were forced to call a timeout to try and slow the Alberta momentum. The break in the action worked as the Dinos regained their lead and went up 20-15 over the Golden Bears, forcing Alberta to call a timeout of their own. The stoppage didn’t slow down the Dinos however as they went on a four point run after the break to earn a nine point lead, and took the second set by a 25-16 margin to go up 2-1.
The fourth set was back and forth from the opening serve as the teams consistently traded points. Calgary opened up the biggest lead of the set at 6-3 but couldn’t hold off the Golden Bears for long as the teams tied the score at eight. The teams traded points leading up until the technical timeout with the Dinos taking a slight lead at 16-14.
The second half of the set was all Dinos as they controlled the play. Calgary outscored Alberta by a 9-6 stretch – including the first five points out of the timeout - to close out the set by a 25-20 score and capture the game in four sets, 3-1.
Kills: Allen Meek (13), Graham Vigrass (13), Chris Hoag (12)
Points: Graham Vigrass (18), Allen Meek (16)
Blocks: Graham Vigrass (6), Three tied with 4
Digs: Chris Hoag (10), Jace Richards (10)
Service aces: Jay Blankenau (2), Greg Mann (2)
Assists: Jay Blankenau (43)
Player of the match: Allen Meek
Kills: Jay Olmstead (15)
Points: Jay Olmstead (15.5), Taylor Hunt (9.5)
Blocks: Matt McCreary (3), Five tied with 1
Digs: Jarron Mueller (10), Erik Mattson (9)
Service aces: None
Assists: Jarron Mueller (30)
Player of the match: Jay Olmstead
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 3, Dalhousie 0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-13)
18:00 Semifinal #1: Laval 3, Manitoba 1 (15-25, 30-28, 25-22, 25-17)
20:00 Semifinal #2: Trinity Western 3, Queen’s 1 (25-20, 25-13, 25-14)
Sunday, March 4
11:00 5th place: Calgary 3, Alberta 1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-20)
13:00 Bronze medal: Manitoba vs. Queen’s
16:00 Championship final: Laval vs. Trinity Western