CIS men's volleyball Friday roundup
Photo credit Western Athletics
|OUA semifinal 1|
|LONDON, Ont. - The McMaster Marauders defeated the
Queen's Gaels 3-1 in OUA semi-final action Friday night at Alumni
Hall to advance to the OUA men's volleyball finals.
Set scores were 25-14, 25-19, 23-25 and 25-23.
Kevin Stevens of Winnipeg, Man., was McMaster's top player posting 18 points including 16 kills.
Joren Zeeman of Cambridge, Ont., posted 24 points in the loss for Queen's recording 20 kills. Bryan Fautley of Oakville, Ont., tallied 13 points while Michael Amoroso of Toronto has 10 points.
Jackson Dakin of Courtenay, BC, who was filling in for the injured Dan Rosenbaum (Hamilton, Ont.) was named player of the game for Queen's contributing 41 assists.
The first set saw McMaster take a five-point lead before Queen's gained possession. Ahead 16-8 at the second technical timeout, the Marauders put up big blocks alongside nine kills to take the set 25-14. Zeeman had four kills for the Gaels.
In the second set, McMaster allowed Queen's to come within two points of tying the game, but could never take the lead.
Second-year outside hitter Kevin Stevens (Winnipeg, Manitoba) contributed five kills in the 25-19 win. The Marauders had 15 kills and 32 total attacks. Queen's completed the set with nine kills and 22 attacks.
In set three, the Queen's Gaels were down 8-5 and 16-12 at each technical timeout but roared back to take the third 25-23 closing giving McMaster only a one-set advantage.
Queen's had 19 kills and 36 total attacks against 14 kills and 30 total attacks for McMaster.
The fourth and final set of the game went to McMaster with a tight set score of 25-23. OUA All-star Tyler Santoni had three kills and two solo blocks for the Marauders. They finished the set with 13 kills and 32 total attacks. The Gaels had 12 kills and 37 total attacks.
McMaster will face either Western in the OUA Championships tomorrow (Saturday February 26, 2011) at 7 p.m. at Alumni Hall on the campus of the University of Western Ontario.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
|OUA semifinal 2|
LONDON, Ont. – The Western Mustangs defeated the Guelph Gryphons Friday night in four sets to advance to the OUA Championship.
Set scores were 25-15, 28-26, 21-25 and 25-15.
Western came out strong in the first set leading by five at the first technical timeout. By the second technical, Western was in the lead 16-6 and easily took the set 25-14. First team all-star Mathieu Poulin (Winnipeg, Man.) and Reid Halpenny (Exeter, Ont.) each had four kills. Guelph's James Stamler led the Gryphons with five kills in the first set.
In a very evenly matched second set, Western battled hard taking the set 28-26. Guelph looked solid both offensively and defensively though and it was neck and neck for the last seven points. Poulin added another seven kills to Western's total of 13. Guelph all-star Winston Rosser had two kills for the Gryphons.
There was a changing of the tide in the third set and the Guelph Gryphons came out on top 25-21. They had a one-point lead at the first technical timeout, but increased it by three to a score of 16-13 at the second technical. A key solo block from Phil James (Ottawa, Ont.) kept Western in the set, but it wasn't enough and Guelph took the third set. Poulin added another five kills to Western's total of 32 attacks in the set.
The Mustangs took an early lead in the fourth set and increased it to seven at the second technical. Outstanding offense from Garrett May (Scarborough, Ont.) and James, combined with serving from Sean McKay (Sudbury, Ont.) sealed the deal in the fourth set with a score of 25-15.
Players of the game were Halpenny for the Mustangs and Rosser for the Gryphons.
The Western Mustangs will play the McMaster Marauders in the OUA Championship Sat. Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at Alumni Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for students and youth.
Source: Western Sports Info
|Canada West semifinal 1|
|For the first time in four seasons Canada West
men's volleyball will have a new champion, as the Brandon Bobcats
defeated the three-time defending conference champion Alberta
Golden Bears 3-2 (25-27, 25-20, 17-25, 28-26, 15-12) during game
one of the Canada West Final Four Friday night in the U of A's Main
Brandon, winners of CIS bronze in 2009, was led by their deadly fifth-year twosome of Paul Sanderson and Kevin Miller. Sanderson, the 2010 CIS player of the year, recorded a match high 24 kills in the win, while Miller, originally from Russell, MB, picked up 23 kills.
The Golden Bears were paced by conference second team all-star Spencer Leiske who finished with 23 kills and a 39% attack rating. The fifth-year right-side hitter from Lacombe, AB also collected 11 digs and six blocks. Third-year right-side Mitch Irvine added 14 kills in a losing effort.
Alberta played the match without starting libero Erik Mattson, who sat out due to injury, and seemed to struggle at the service line. The Bears turned 17 serves into errors, including seven by Irvine, and picked up just two aces. Brandon, meanwhile, also spun a pair of aces, but had six fewer service errors.
Although the first set featured extra points and a tight 27-25 Alberta win, the Bears appeared to be the sharper team on the attack, as they racked up a 46% team attack rating compared to Brandon's 17%. However, trouble at the line haunted them right from the get-go, as the Golden Bears committed seven errors in the opening set to help keep the Bobcats in the game.
Brandon leveled the set in the second frame, winning 25-20, after spinning a pair of aces, and getting five kills each from Sanderson and Miller.
However, as good as the Bobcats were in the second set, the Bears were even better in the third, winning 25-17 on the shoulders of four kills from Leiske, and three kills and an ace from Irvine. Alberta rolled up a 45% attack rating in the third, and looked ready to move onto the gold medal match, up 2-1 heading into the fourth.
The Golden Bears seemed to hold the edge for much of the play in the fourth set, but ran into trouble late in the set. Despite have leads of two and three points, while nearing the 20-point barrier, the Bears couldn't close out the Bobcats. The visitors clawed their way back into the set, thanks to rockets off the arm of Sanderson, as well as solid blocking, and moved the set into extra points. As Alberta closed in match point, Brandon would tie it, and eventually slipped in front at 27-26, winning the set on an attack error.
In the fifth, Brandon led early, and by a lot at times, before the Bears made a match of it late in set. Service troubles continued to haunt the Bears however, as every step closer to a tie score was sidetracked by an error from the line. The Bobcats eventually closed out the contest, 15-12, to move into the gold medal match.
They will compete against either the defending CIS champion Calgary Dinos, or the Trinity Western Spartans, who played in the Friday late semifinal, on Saturday night at 8:00 pm in the Main Gym. Alberta will play for conference bronze against TWU.
Source: Alberta Sports Info
|Canada West semifinal 2|
|EDMONTON – After a lengthy night of
volleyball in the University of Alberta's Main Gym, the Calgary
Dinos are off to the Canada West championship match following a 3-2
semi-final win over the Trinity Western Spartans (25-27, 25-17,
25-21, 19-25, 15-11).
The defending national champion Dinos will face the Brandon Bobcats for the conference title Saturday night in Edmonton, with the winner getting the top conference seed for next week's national championships in Langley, B.C. Brandon upended top-seeded, host Alberta 3-2 in the first semi-final of the night, which resulted in an extremely late start for the Dinos-Spartans contest.
The Dinos last won the Canada West championship in 1994.
Alberta will take on CIS championship host Trinity Western for conference bronze Saturday night.
Playing with an unfamiliar lineup on the floor due to injury, the Dinos managed to pull out the match at the end with a 15-11 fifth-set win over the Spartans.
"We're very pleased with the effort and the overall performance," said Rod Durrant, the Canada West coach of the year. "It might have been our best team effort since Christmas. Ciaran McGovern did a great job at libero, Levi Nutma was admirable on the left side, and Allen Meek had a very good night."
Calgary received 15 kills and three aces from fourth-year right-side Meek, while recently-crowned conference MVP Graham Vigrass added 13 kills in the win.
Rudy Verhoeff, a 2011 Canada West first team all-star, led all players on the floor in kills with 22, while Josh Doornenbal, a fifth-year middle originally from Edmonton, chipped in with 13 for TWU.
Considering that Calgary is ranked No. 4 in CIS, and TWU is No. 5, the match wasn't exactly a sterling example of top tier volleyball. The teams combined for 45 attack errors, 36 service errors, and eight serve receive errors. Calgary fared marginally better on the attack, generating a team 25 percent hitting rate, while the Spartans posted a 24 percent rating. TWU struggled at the service line, committing 22 errors and just three aces. The Dinos, led by three from Meek, spun five aces, and had 14 errors at the line.
One area Calgary did dominate was digs, as they brought up 51 Spartan attacks to keep the play alive, while TWU recorded 39 digs.
The Dinos scored 25 points in the first three sets, but dropped the opener by a score of 27-25. They seemed to be cruising after the third set, up 2-1, but Trinity Western found another gear, and managed to get momentum on their side, winning 25-19 in the fourth to force the fifth and final frame.
Calgary streaked out to a 9-4 lead to start the final set, but a couple of offensive miscues by the Dinos, and some well-timed points by Trinity, saw that advantage shrink to a 10-7 lead. With the momentum seemingly poised to shift once again, Calgary regained their composure, struck up an 11-7 lead, and then sailed on to the win, notching the winning kill off the Spartan block and out of play.
Although all four Canada West teams advance to the CIS national championship next weekend in Langley, BC, the conference trophy and national tournament seedings are still at stake. A Dinos win virtually cements them as the No. 2 seed at nationals, likely behind the Laval Rouge et Or. A Brandon win could create an interesting scenario at nationals, as the Bobcats are ranked No. 7 in CIS, behind all other Canada West teams, as well as Western Ontario and Laval. Along with the four Canada West teams, Laval and Sherbrooke will also be in Langley as will the AUS champion UNB Varsity Reds and the OUA championship team which will also be crowned Saturday.
Seedings aside, the Dinos focus their attention to the task at hand and the Brandon Bobcats.
"Brandon has some talent and they put pressure on UofA, so that's a big win for their program tonight," said Durrant. "It certainly makes for an interesting match-up tomorrow night."
Calgary swept Brandon on the road in their two contests earlier this season.
Source: Calgary Sports info