QUARTER-FINAL #1 CIS championship: No. 1 T-Birds overcome relentless Vert & Or
Photo credit Yan Dublet
QUEBEC CITY (CIS) – The reigning three-time national champion University of British Columbia Thunderbirds downed the No. 8-seeded Sherbrooke Vert & Or in four sets in the opening quarter-final match of the 2011 CIS women’s volleyball championship at Laval University’s PEPS Stadium, Friday afternoon.
Championship website (live webcasts): http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball
The tournament favourite T-Birds, who prevailed 25-13, 25-18,
23-25 and 25-12, advance to Saturday’s early semifinal at 6
p.m. where they will face either No. 4 Alberta or No. 5 Montreal.
It will mark UBC’s seventh national semifinal appearance in
the last eight years, a run that already includes three gold medals
and a pair of silvers.
Sherbrooke started the match well, but while lagging slightly behind 9-7, the Quebec bronze medallists gave up a series of points to let the first set slip quickly out of reach with scores of 16-7 and 21-11 in favour of UBC. The T-Birds finally closed the set 25-13.
In the second set, UBC continued its domination and quickly widened the gap, leading 21-13 before wrapping up the second set 25-18.
The game became tighter in the third set, the Vert & Or players starting to find their way around UBC’s defence. The Thunderbirds led 8-7 at the first technical timeout, but Sherbrooke managed to turn things around by claiming the set 25-23.
With UBC in the lead 6-5 in the fourth, Sherbrooke’s
Renée-Claude Chevarie injured her ankle and had to leave the
match, leaving the Vert & Or without one of their key players.
The three-time defending champions jumped on the opportunity to
forge a 16-11 lead, finally winning with a fourth set score of
“I don’t think Chevarie’s injury is an excuse, I don’t think we can be satisfied with the outcome of this match,” commented Sherbrooke head coach Denis Fontaine. “I don’t think our team has performed at the height of its talent. The opportunity was there since that game didn’t have much momentum. We simply didn’t capitalize. Even if we faced the number one seeded team, a match must be played before being won.”
“I think it's a good experience for us, we are a young team and we have to build on that as we continue to move forward,” continued Fontaine, whose squad went 5-15 in RSEQ conference action this season before scoring a surprise two-game sweep of McGill in the Quebec bronze-medal series.
“I’m not satisfied with our play at all,” said
UBC head coach Doug Reimer. “I don’t think we showed
the kind of composure that we needed. First round matches are
always interesting; you don’t know how they are going to go.
We had our challenges out there and the credit goes to Sherbrooke,
they battled really well. For now it’s time to recover and
Shanice Marcelle, who was named CIS player of the year on Wednesday night, led the Thunderbirds in attack with 13 kills. Canadian national team member Jen Hinze, with 11, and Rayel Quiring, with 10, also reached double figures in kills for UBC.
Briana Liau Kent was named game MVP for the winners after she racked up a team-high 18 defensive digs.
For the Vert & Or, Chevarie piled up 10 kills, while teammate Corinne Boilard did well with nine assists, two aces and 12 digs.
Sherbrooke will play Saturday at noon in the first consolation match against the loser of the Alberta-Montreal quarter-final.
Kills: Shanice Marcelle (13), Jen Hinze (11), Rayel Quiring (10)
Points: Rayel Quiring (15.5), Shanice Marcelle (14.5), Jen Hinze (14.5)
Blocks: Jen Hinze (2,5), Brina Derksen-Bergen (1,5), Kyla Richey (1,5)
Digs: Briana Liau Kent (18)
Service aces: Rayel Quiring (5)
Assists: Brina Derksen-Bergen (43)
Player of the match: Briana Liau Kent
Kills: Renée-Claude Chevarie (10), Sarah Schaerli (5), Catherine Martin (5)
Points: Renée-Claude Chevarie (12), Catherine Martin (6.5), Sarah Scaerli (5.5)
Blocks: Corinne Boilard (1.5), Andréanne Lebrun (1.5)
Digs: Geneviève Gagné (19)
Service aces: Corinne Boilard (2)
Assists: Marianne Labbé (10), Corinne Boilard (9)
Player of the match: Geneviève Gagné
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
NOTE: Live webcast of all matches at http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball
Friday, March 4
Quarter-final #1: UBC 3, Sherbrooke 1 (25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-12)
14:00 Quarter-final #2: No. 4 Alberta vs. No. 5 Montreal
18:00 Quarter-final #3: No. 2 Trinity Western vs. No. 7 Western Ontario
20:00 Quarter-final #4: No. 3 Laval vs. No. 6 UNB
Saturday, March 5
12:00 Consolation #1: Sherbrooke vs. Loser quarter-final #2
14:00 Consolation #2: Loser quarter-final #3 vs. Loser quarter-final #4
18:00 Semifinal #1: UBC vs. Winner quarter-final #2
20:00 Semifinal #2: Winner quarter-final #3 vs. Winner quarter-final #4
Sunday, March 6
11:00 5th place
13:00 Bronze medal
16:30 Championship final