CIS women's volleyball Sunday roundup: Gee-Gees fall just short against undefeated York
Photo credit Richard Whittaker
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University women's
volleyball team (4-3 OUA) defeated the University of Waterloo
Warriors by the score of 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-17, 25-23), Sunday
afternoon at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
Source: Brock Sports Info
THUNDER BAY, Ont. - Chris Green's team did a lot of things well
on Sunday afternoon, although they could not pull out all the
stops, losing 3-2 to the Western Mustangs (18-25, 25-23, 14-25,
"First off, I have to say that the support we get inside the Thunderdome is nothing short of amazing. Second, I have to say that we hate losing, however, the ladies played a strong game and showed the type of play they are capable of. I was very impressed with their focus right from 8 am on this morning. They brought their notes in and had the video etched in their minds. In the end we lost because we forgot to execute what we agreed to in the scramble (or transition) situations. We needed to take their middles to position 5 and we did not do that. If Marshal does not get 11 kills in the middle, its a different game. But that is learning and it feels better to say we learned a lot in 5 sets today. Cudos to Brittany Macleod again. Good numbers and leadership. As well Sara hudson took a huge step forward as a setter again today. She executed a couple of tactical situations today for the first time. We have worked hard all year on them and today she pulled them out of her bag of tricks." Moving forward, Green notes, "Now we get back in the gym and train hard getting ready for the second half. The Wolves have set up their winter training with a strong performance tonight."
The volleyball team won't play their next game until January.
Source: Lakehead Sports Info
OTTAWA - On November 20, the nationally tenth-ranked York Lions
paid a visit to Montpetit Hall for an OUA women’s volleyball
match. An entertaining affair ensued, as the two teams battled for
first place in the province. In the end, the Lions were able to
keep their winning streak intact, as they defeated uOttawa 3-1.
“The game plan was to play the way we play,” said Gee-Gees head coach Lionel Woods. “I think we play a faster game than what they typically play and I think they play a smarter and a more mature game.”
In the first set, the Gee-Gees jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, thanks to their stellar blocking. However, York scored 9 of the next 11 points, forcing the Gee-Gees to call a timeout. uOttawa responded well, and made a valiant comeback attempt behind the powerful kills of second-year LS/M Myriam English (Orleans, Ont.). Unfortunately for Gee-Gees fans, York won the hard-fought first set, 25-23.
The two evenly-matched teams were also engaged in a tight battle in the second set. A memorable point was scored by second-year LS/RS Karina Krueger Schwanke (Blumenau, Brazil), giving uOttawa a 12-10 lead, after a long rally. The set eventually ended in Ottawa’s favour as third-year LS/RS Laura Carmanico (Ottawa, Ont.) scored the final kill. Carmanico was playing in her first regular season match of the year as she returned from an injury.
“It felt great. I’ve been waiting for this. It just felt awesome to be back with the girls, and just feeling how everyone helps each other out,” said Carmanico. “We’ll grow from this game, and be a better team for the rest of the season.”
The third set was just as intense as the first two, with the Lions taking the set 25-22. Once again, the two teams had many entertaining rallies as the fans were treated to quite a show at Montpetit Hall.
The Gee-Gees fell behind early in the fourth set, and were never able to recover, as York scored 25 of the final 33 points in the match.
“When you get as behind as much as we did in game four, now you can’t serve as aggressively, and it was easier on them,” said Woods. “The focus now is to learn from this lesson, and go out next Saturday and perform.”
Ottawa will travel to Ryerson on November 26, in their final OUA game before the Christmas break.
Source: Ottawa Sports Info