CIS men's volleyball Friday roundup: No. 3 Dinos taste defeat, ready for Saturday showdown
Photo credit Alberta Athletics
|WATERLOO, Ont. - The Golden Hawk's played their
second last game of the regular season tonight against the York
University Lions falling three sets to one in an important game.
After taking a win in the first set 25-22 the Hawks couldn't carry their momentum into the next sets and allowed the Lions to take control of the game and win the next three by scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-16. With only one game left in the regular season the Hawks have to win tomorrow afternoon against Ryerson University in order to solidify the seventh and last playoff spot available.
Cameron Wheelan (Barrie, Ont.) was again the top offensive performer for the Hawks as he picked up a team high 18 kills. Derek Lapp (Chatham, Ont.) contributed 11 kills and eight digs and the team setter Erik Kroman (Etobicoke, Ont.) had 28 assists and nine digs on the night as well.
The York Lions top performer on the night came from Ray Szeto who had a total of 15 kills, two service aces and eight digs. Right behind Szeto was Nikola Sandic who contributed 16 kills in the victory.
The Golden Hawks will be looking for a win tomorrow afternoon to make the playoffs against Ryerson University at home in the Athletic Complex. The game will be starting at 2 p.m.
Source: Laurier Sports Info
|WINNIPEG - In a match between provincial rivals the
Brandon Bobcats came out on top. The Bobcats defeated the Winnipeg
Wesmen 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) Brandon moves above .500 on the
season with a record of 9-8. Winnipeg's record is now 2-15.
It was a record-setting night for fifth year Bobcat Paul Sanderson. Sanderson finished the match with six service aces and took over as the Canada West all-time leader in service aces with 144.
Sanderson led Brandon with 17 kills on the evening. Kevin Miller added nine. Setter Kyle Dellezay led Brandon with 10 digs and finished with 29 assists.
Ty Loewen led the Wesmen with six kills. Marc Ross and Nathaniel Therrien added four each. Therrien led the team with nine defensive digs. Setter Dominique Pereira filled in admirably for Dan Lother, finished with 23 assists.
Winnipeg will look to close out their season on a winning note, Saturday in the second match of the series against the Bobcats at 6:00 p.m.
Source: Winnipeg Sports Info
REGINA – The Saskatchewan Huskies scored a straight-sets
victory over the Regina Cougars on Friday at the Centre for
Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Source: Regina Sports Info
|KAMLOOPS, BC - The #9-ranked Thompson Rivers
WolfPack and the UBC Thunderbirds went to five sets before TRU came
away victorious 3-2 (25-21,26-24,23-25,20-25, 10-15).
TRU improves to 8-9, while UBC falls to 7-10.
Kevin Tillie had 24 kills. He added six digs, a solo block and three block assists. Mike Hammond had 10 kills, with two digs, a solo block and three block assists. Colin Carson had 29 assists.
The Thunderbirds were led by Milo Warren, with 21 kills,Tanner Kozak 16. Ben Chow. Ryan Zwarich had 47 assists.
The two teams go at it again on Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
Source: Thompson Rivers Sports Info
|CALGARY – The no.2 Alberta Golden Bears did
what they had to do on Friday night, coming back to dash the no.3
Calgary Dinos' hopes for an undefeated season in a 3-2 marathon
(19-25, 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 8-15) .
In winning the fourth and fifth sets in comeback fashion, the Bears (16-1) returned the favour to the Dinos, where Calgary (16-1) took 25-23 and 15-13 decisions over Alberta in the final two sets of the classic 2010 CIS National semi-final. The Bears dominated in the late-stages of Friday's match, never letting go of big mid-set leads.
The excitement from the crowd was palpable in the Jack Simpson Gymnasium, and the players from both sides were more than happy to treat the fans with entertaining volleyball. The Dinos and Bears traded spectacular kills and dominating blocks all evening long, setting the stage perfectly for the upcoming post-season.
The Bears' victory puts all of the focus on Saturday's rematch, which will now decide the number one playoff seed, and host of the Canada West Final Four. Alberta hosted the conference semi-finals and finals last year in Edmonton, where they eventually defeated the Trinity Western Spartans in the gold-medal match in five sets.
Alberta opened in solid fashion, riding three Spencer Leiske kills and a struggling Calgary attack to win the first set 25-19.
Calgary would answer back in the next two sets, improving their hitting percentage substantially in the second set especially, converting on 50% of their chances. Middle stalwart Graham Vigrass hit seven of his 18 kills in the second set, while assisting on six blocks. Despite the set loss, Alberta would find a way to entertain their few supporters with perhaps the unconventional play of the game.
After two unbelievable sprawling digs, where Bears players ignored their personal well-being to get to, Erik Mattson used a backpedalling, two armed tomahawk-chop swing to get the ball over the net successfully. The Dinos couldn't execute a kill on the ensuing possession, giving up the point, but not the game as they rolled to a 25-21 result.
Calgary would take the third set as well by a score of 25-22, with Vigrass adding five more kills to go along with Curtis James' four. Vigrass would finish with 18 total kills, while Allen Meek would follow with 14.
It would be all Alberta from then-on-out however, as they would stretch a 17-12 fourth set lead into 20-14, and then a resulting 25-18 victory. The Bears then used a 14-5 run in the fifth set to dismantle the Dinos and overcome an early 3-1 Calgary lead, handing them their first match loss of the 2010-11 season, ruining any hopes of going undefeated.
The Bears were led by Jay Olmsted and Spencer Leiske who had 14 and 12 kills respectively, while Erik Mattson had 17 digs.
Calgary head coach Rod Durrant acknowledged shortcomings in Friday's match, but is confident in his team's ability to rebound.
"We didn't have our best night tonight, and specifically our first ball wasn't as good as it needed to be," said Durrant.
"It comes down to one match, everyone knows that," continued the coach, who was once an assistant with the Alberta Bears. "It was good preparation for us moving forward, and we will be a better group on the floor tomorrow."
Calgary and Alberta will face off on Saturday following the women's game, with the result deciding the fate of both teams' playoff schedules. The Dinos will celebrate the accomplishments of five fifth year seniors before the match, which include David Egan, Blake Giles, Curtis James, Pat Lenaour and Aaron Cyr.
Source: Calgary Sports Info