CONSOLATION #1 CIS championship: No. 5 Montreal sweeps Sherbrooke
Photo credit Yan Dublet
QUEBEC CITY (CIS) – The fifth-seeded University of
Montreal Carabins swept Quebec rival Sherbrooke in consecutive sets
of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-17 in the first consolation match of the CIS
women’s volleyball championship at University Laval’s
PEPS Stadium, Saturday afternoon.
Championship website (live webcasts): http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball
The Quebec finalist Carabins will play for fifth place Sunday at 11 a.m. against the winner of the second consolation semifinal between No. 7 Western Ontario and No. 6 UNB.
The result marked the end of the tournament – and season – for the eighth-ranked Vert & Or.
Despite a closely contested opening set that saw them take a 16-15 lead into the second technical timeout on their way to a 25-22 win, the Carabins were never really troubled by their conference rivals.
In the second frame, Montreal opened a seven-point advantage at 19-12 but Sherbrooke came back to narrow it down to 19-16. The Carabins scored the next four points however, en route to a 25-18 victory.
The third set was a repetition of the previous one, with the Carabins realizing a happy sequence of seven unanswered points which put the score at 18-8 Montreal. Damage was already done for Sherbrooke and the Carabins took the last set 25-17.
“We were lucky because we faced a well-known opponent,” commented Montreal head coach Olivier Trudel. “After a disappointing loss yesterday, it was important to bounce back and it helped us in that matter. We had a tough opponent yesterday, but we have a young team and it helped us build our character. The most important thing, regardless of the outcome of our first game, was to go as far as possible.”
“We fought all year long, just like in a boxing match. We bounced back every time we had to and I am proud of that,” said Vert & Or head coach Denis Fontaine. “The results have not always followed and we have work to do, particularly on execution. We made too many mistakes today. But the girls have learned a lot and everyone comes out stronger.”
Sophie Bergeron-Leblanc was selected player of the game for Montreal while Catherine Martin received the same honour for the Vert & Or.
Kills: Gabrielle Vallée-Vachon (12), Marie-Sophie Nadeau (11)
Points: Marie-Sophie Nadeau (14,5), Gabrielle Vallée-Vachon (14)
Blocks: Gabrielle Vallée-Vachon (2)
Digs: Annie-Claude Pellerin (7)
Service aces: Mélanie Roy, Marie-Sophie Nadeau (3)
Assists: Alexandra Lojen (34)
Player of the match: Sophie Bergeron-Leblanc
Kills: Renée-Claude Chevarie (9), Catherine Martin (7)
Points: Renée-Claude Chevarie (10.5), Catherine Martin (10.5)
Blocks: Renée-Claude Chevarie, Catherine Martin, Andréanne Lebrun (1.5)
Digs: Geneviève Gagné (11)
Service aces: Catherine Martin (2)
Assists: Catherine Martin (12)
Player of the match: Catherine Martin
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)
Quarter-final #2: Alberta 3, Montreal 1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22)
Quarter-final #3: Trinity Western 3, Western Ontario 2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-8)
Quarter-final #4: Laval 3, UNB 1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17)
Saturday, March 5
Consolation #1: Montreal 3, Sherbrooke 0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-17)
14:00 Consolation #2: Western Ontario vs. UNB
18:00 Semifinal #1: UBC vs. Alberta
20:00 Semifinal #2: Trinity Western vs. Laval
Sunday, March 6
11:00 5th place: Montreal vs TBD
13:00 Bronze medal
16:30 Championship final