CIS women's volleyball Friday roundup: No. 2 Pandas serve No. 1 T-Birds their first loss
Photo credit Richard Lam
|No. 3 Saint Mary's||3||Moncton||0||Final|
KINGSTON, Ont. - The Queen's Gaels (6-3) faltered against the
struggling Ryerson Rams (3-6) tonight, losing in four sets
3-1 (25-8, 21-25, 19-25, 21-25).
Source: Queen's Sports Info
|Regina||0||No. 4 Winnipeg||3||Final||Boxscore|
|UBC Okanagan||2||No. 2 Calgary||3||Final||Boxscore|
CALGARY – There wasn't much to separate the two teams
– just three points, in fact – but the No. 10 Calgary
Dinos came away with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory (20-25, 25-20,
23-25, 25-23, 15-12) over the UBC Okanagan Heat Friday night to
open the final weekend of the regular season before the December
Source: Calgary Sports Info
|No. 1 UBC||2||No. 2 Alberta||3||Final||Boxscore|
EDMONTON - The No.2 ranked University of Alberta Pandas’ volleyball team used superior serving and blocking to hand the No. 1 ranked, and four-time defending CIS champions UBC Thunderbirds, their first loss of the season, a five set decision (19-25, 25-17, 17-25, 27-25, and 18-16) on Friday night at the Saville Community Sport Centre in Edmonton.
Alberta, coming off back-to-back splits with No.4 Winnipeg and No.5 Manitoba, received 11 kills from fourth-year veteran Krista Zubick, while Caitlin Buckell and Alena Omelchenko each added eight. Buckell, a veteran middle, also notched two aces, while setter Alyssa Jones picked up five kills, 15 assists and three aces. Middle Jenice Warkentin added five kills and two aces, and was involved in five blocks, while setter Jaki Ellis had six kills, 28 assists and one ace.
The Thunderbirds had three players with double-digit kills, led by Lisa Barclay’s 17 and then followed by Shanice Marcelle’s 13 and 11 from Kyla Richey.
Both teams struggled with their attack however, or exceled on defence, as UBC’s attack percentage was a combined 14%, topping out at 27% (fourth set), while the Pandas had an 11% attack percentage that reached a peak of 23% in the final set. With the win, Alberta improves to 7-2 on the season, while UBC drops to 8-1.
The Pandas spun a total of 11 aces on UBC, and combined for a total of 18 blocks, while the visitors scored just three aces, against 10 service errors, and 12 blocks.
It didn’t get off to a great start for Alberta, as the three-time defending Canada West champion T-Birds looked sharp in the opening set, winning 25-19.
The home side roared to life in the second set, however, opening up with a big lead of six points, four of which came off aces, but saw the Birds come storming back to within one point by the technical timeout. Alberta was able to return to form after the break and put the visitors away handily 25-17 to tie the match.
Alberta opened with another decent start in the third set, but couldn’t sustain it as Richey and Barclay combined for seven kills which helped UBC to an easy third set win at 25-17 and a 2-1 match lead.
Buckell and Omelchenko lifted the Pandas in the fourth set, combining for seven kills and three aces as Alberta gutted out a tough 27-25 set win to push the match into the fifth and deciding frame.
Alberta looked ton have all the momentum on their side as the fifth got underway, starting with a slim two point lead, and carrying an advantage until UBC tied at 15. Marcelle, the Canada West MVP last season, scored on back-to-back points from the left-side to put the T-Birds in front, but Alberta managed to rally to tie the score, thanks to an Omelchenko tip over the block, and won the match when they forced UBC into an attacking error.
The two teams will clash again tomorrow night this time at 7:30 pm MT in the Saville Community Sport Centre.
Source: Alberta Sports Info
|No. 9 Trinity Western||2||Thompson Rivers||3||Final||Boxscore|
It was hard to tell who was the number nine ranked team in the
CIS on Friday night (Dec 2) at the Tournament Capital Centre. The
Thompson Rivers University WolfPack downed the Trinity Western
Spartans 3-2 in Canada West women’s volleyball action.
The WolfPack (now 4-7) won by scores of
23-25,26-24,25-22,18-25,14-16. The Spartans, who were number
nine in the country in this weeks CIS Poll fall to 6 and 3.
“We saw a lot of everything in the match,” said WolfPack head coach Keith Lundgren. “We had to make some adjustments. The players did that very well. We kept our composure which is something that we have been talking a lot about in the fifth set, we did it this time.”
The deciding fifth set saw Trinity jump out to a 3-0 lead before TRU tied it. With the Pack down 6-4, TRU rolled out three in a row to take a one point lead. Trinity was up 9-7 before the teams traded points . The WolfPack scored four of the final six points to get the victory.
“It was good to see both teams compete,” said Spartans head coach Ryan Hofer . “ We knew it was going to be a tough weekend coming in here. We had to play really well. We weren’t as sharp as we would have liked to have been.”
“Ryan does a great job,” said Lundgren about playing against Trinity Western. “ I really enjoy coaching against him. We make adjustments and so do they. Quality. It was quality on both sides . It went five and that is great for the fans. We just wanted to be competitive and doing our job.”
Lundgren felt his team got into some reception errors early in the match. “We need to work on that.”
TRU was led by Ann Weiss (1st year, outside hitter, Chemnilz, Germany) with 15 kills in 44 chances, one service ace, six digs and two block assists. Amanda Frayne (5th year, outside hitter, Kamloops, BC) was named the ‘TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack” Player of the match. She had 13 kills in 35 opportunities with many of them being key. She also had seven digs and two block assists.
Lundgren gave credit to Frayne and fellow fifth year Kelly Asleson (outside hitter, Richmond, BC) for providing veteran leadership. “ This week, we asked them to step up as fifth years and they did. I am very proud of them. A great contribution on both their parts and they made TRU proud.”
Asleson had 11 kills in 19 chances with a dig and three block assists.
Brianne Rauch (1st year, outside hitter, Kimberley, BC) came in and had 12 kills in 26 chances with two service aces, six digs and two block assists.
“She performed when the team needed her to,” said Lundgren. “She executed when the team needed her to. She played very well.”
Trinity Western was led by Royal Richardson (2nd year, outside hitter, Rocky Mountain House, AB) with 22 kills in 41 chances with eight digs and six block assists. Amy Lescheid (4th year, outside hitter, East Selkirk, MB) had 18 kills in 53 swings with a service ace, nine digs, a solo block and four block assists while Alicia Perrin (2nd year, middle, Creston, BC) had 12 kills in 29 chances with two service aces, two digs and nine block assists.
“Royal Richardson played really well for us,” Hofer explained. “ Those three all played well but we need others to step up as well.”
The two teams will play again Saturday (Dec 3) at the Tournament Capital Centre beginning at 5 pm.
SIDE OUTS: Hofer on what they need to do to split the weekend: “ We need to fix a couple of things. We need to fix what TRU did to score points and we need to focus on our side and make sure we eliminate errors.”
Lundgren on Saturday: “Tomorrow night will be what it is. We wanted one more win before we take a break and we got it. It will be a different situation for us to play in on Saturday. It’ll be a good experience for us. It will be good for our players to learn from this.”
Source: Thompson Rivers Sports Info