5TH PLACE CIS championship: No. 5 Carabins win consolation final
Photo credit Michel Arnautovitch
QUEBEC CITY (CIS) – The fifth-seeded Montreal Carabins
defeated the No. 7 Western Ontario Mustangs in four sets of 25-22,
25-14, 22-25 and 28-26 in the consolation final of the CIS
women’s volleyball championship at University Laval’s
PEPS Stadium, Sunday afternoon.
Championship website (live webcasts): http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball
Quebec finalist Montreal, which dropped a 3-1 decision to Alberta in Friday’s quarter-finals, ends the national tournament with a 2-1 record, good for fifth place. The OUA champion Mustangs, who lost in five sets to Trinity Western in the opening round, take sixth place with a 1-2 mark.
The Carabins had trouble early in the game, finding themselves in 1-5 and 6-12 deficits. That’s when the RSEQ silver medallists started to narrow the gap and eventually take the lead at 18-17, en route to a first set win of 25-22.
Montreal took a match priority of 2-0 in the second set, won 25-14. Ahead 7-6, the Carabins exploded and grabbed a 16-10 lead at the second technical timeout.
The Mustangs were not done yet though. The Ontario champions led from start to finish in the third set, with an impressive 8-2 lead at the first stoppage. But like in the first set, the Carabins came back to 18-19. This time, the Ontarians closed down the set with a 25-22 win.
The fourth set was certainly the most epic of the game. Neck to neck most of it, with lots of changes in the lead, both teams pushed the suspense to the limit. The Carabins had to save two set points before sealing the deal with a 28-26 win.
“The idea is very simple: if you're not able to go all the way in the consolation round, you can’t learn how to go through in the medal round. It was important to go all the way with that team,” said Montreal’s head coach Olivier Trudel. “Western was a much tougher team than what people thought. It’s a physical club that plays a lot of balls. They made us work hard today.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team. We were representing Ontario and our university and I think we did a great job,” commented Mustangs’ head coach Dave Edwards. “Montreal had a really good team, they are evenly balanced. I give them all the credit; they were the better team today.”
Montreal setter Alexandra Lojen was selected player of the game for her team. Rebecca Oxland received the same honour for the Mustangs.
Kills: Marie-Sophie Nadeau (19)
Points: Marie-Sophie Nadeau (19.5), Gabrielle Vallée-Vachon (14), Pamela Drapeau (14)
Blocks: Pamela Drapeau (4)
Digs: Annie-Claude Pellerin (21)
Service aces: Gabrielle Vallée-Vachon (3)
Assists: Alexandra Lojen (58)
Player of the match: Sarah Létourneau-Lévesque
Kills: Elaine Screaton (12), Rebecca Oxland (10)
Points: Rebecca Oxland (15.5), Elaine Screaton (15)
Blocks: Christie-Lee Wilson (3)
Digs: Rebecca Oxland (15), Claire Morrow (15)
Service aces: Rebecca Oxland (3)
Assists: Jenna Thomson (30)
Player of the match: Rebecca Oxland
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)
Consolation #2: Western Ontario 3, UNB 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22)
Semifinal #1: UBC 3, Alberta 0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-22)
Semifinal #2: Laval 3, Trinity Western 1 (27-25, 19-25, 28-26, 25-19)
Sunday, March 6
5th place: Montreal 3, Western Ontario 1 (25-22, 25-14, 22-25, 28-26)
13:00 Bronze medal: Alberta vs. Trinity Western
16:30 Championship final: UBC vs. Laval