CIS women's volleyball Friday roundup: Spartans sweep No. 2 Pandas
Photo credit Trinity Western Athletics
WOLFVILLE, NS - The Acadia Axewomen lost their first game of
2012 in a 3-1 match loss to the Moncton Aigles Bleus. The loss
drops the Axewomen to 3-7, while Moncton improves to 3-7, creating
a three-way tie for sixth place between Moncton, Acadia and
The second set saw a close see-saw battle between the Axewomen and the Aigles Blues with the score in a constant deadlock until a 21-21 tie was broken by an Acadia attack error followed by an service ace by Moncton's Genevieve LeMay and a kill by Player of the Game Stephanie Lagace. The second set ended with a Moncton block by Lagace.
Behind 18-12 in the third set, Acadia made a strong effort to claw back from a six point deficit that saw them tying the game at 19. Despsite the Axewomen’s effort, Moncton would pull out a 25-21 win that started with a Lagace kill at 20-19.
The fourth and final set played out much like the second set, with a close see-saw battle being played out between the Axewomen and the Aigles Bleus. Unfortunately, the fourth set would indeed play out like the previous second set with Moncton taking the final frame 25-20.
The Axewomen out-hit Moncton 147 to 138 with a kill advantage of 51-43, but fell short on the score board giving up 25 attack errors along with nine service errors. Axewoman Kristen Bolduc had a hitting percentage of 0.421, while teammate and Acadia's Subway Player of the Game, senior outside hitter Alana Murphy had a game high 15 kills.
The Axewomen will take the weekend off as they prepare for a road game next Friday against the CIS #9 Dalhousie Tigers who will seek revenge for a 3-0 loss against Acadia before the Christmas Holidays. The Tigers' loss to Acadia on November 25, bumped Dalhousie off of the CIS Top Ten, but they resurfaced after the break . Dalhousie currently has a record of 7-2 and are second in the AUS standings.
Moncton returns home tonight to host the CIS #3 Saint Mary's Huskies who hold onto first place in the AUS standings with a 9-0 record.
Source: Acadia Sports Info
|No. 9 Dalhousie||0||Cape Breton||3||Final||Box Score|
Following a rocky start to the new year, the Cape Breton
University Capers women's volleyball team found their way back into
the win column in style Friday night at the Sullivan
Source: Cape Breton Sports Info
WATERLOO, Ont. - The women's volleyball team ended a seven game
losing streak on Friday night in a straight set victory over the
Windsor Lancers at the Physical Activities Complex in Waterloo.
Source: Waterloo Sports Info
|Ottawa||1||No. 10 York||3||Final||Box Score|
TORONTO - The York University Lions women's volleyball team
became the first team in the OUA with 10 wins with a 3-1 victory
over the visiting Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Tait McKenzie Centre on
Friday night (Jan. 13).
Source: York Sports Info
HAMILTON, Ont. - Kailee Stock (Newmarket, Ont.) was named the
Big Mac Player of the Game for her performance in McMaster's take
down of the visiting Royal Military College's Paladins. Set scores
in the three-set win were 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 in favour of the
Source: McMaster Sports Info
GUELPH, Ont. – The University of Guelph women’s
volleyball team dropped a five setter to Western tonight at the
W.F. Mitchell Athletic Center. Set scores were 25-16, 25-27, 22-25,
27-25 & 11-15.
Source: Guelph Sports Info
|No. 5 Montreal||1||Sherbrooke||3||Final||Box Score|
|McGill||2||No. 7 Laval||3||Final||Box Score|
|No. 4 Winnipeg||3||Saskatchewan||0||Final||Box Score|
SASKATOON - The No. 4 ranked University of Winnipeg Wesmen made
quick work of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies with a 3-0
(25-17, 25-11, 25-17) victory Friday night at the PAC in
Winnipeg jumped out to a quick lead in all three sets that the Huskies just couldn’t overcome. The Wesmen took a 6-1 lead to start the first set, a 9-2 lead in the second and 6-1 in the third set. The closest Saskatchewan was able to come in any of the three sets was within two in the first set after a Alex Van Dyke kill froze the Wesmen back line. But a Huskie service error gave the ball right back to the Wesmen.
Lauren Sears compiled a match-high 16 kills for the Wesmen and Ozana Nikolic added another nine. Brittany Habing tallied 31 assists, while Tesca Andrew-Wasylik had a match-high seven digs. Sears was also strong on the net with three solo blocks and three block assists.
Candace Hueser led the Huskies with eight kills on the night, Alex Van Dyke added another six. Erin Foster dished 15 assists and added five digs. Kayla Tycholiz had a solo block and three block assists to lead the Huskies on the net.
The two teams meet again Saturday at the PAC. Match time is 6 p.m. and will be webcast on www.canadawest.tv.
Source: Saskatchewan Sports Info
|UBC Okanagan||0||Brandon||3||Final||Box Score|
|No. 6 Manitoba||3||Regina||0||Final||Box Score|
REGINA - The sixth-ranked University of Manitoba women's
volleyball team took a three-set win over the Regina Cougars on
Friday night in a Canada West match at the Centre for Kinesiology,
Health & Sport.
Source: Regina Sports Info
|No. 2 Alberta||0||No. 8 Trinity Western||3||Final||Box Score|
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 8 ranked Trinity Western women’s volleyball team knocked off No. 2 Alberta 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-22) Friday night at the David E. Enarson Gymnasium.
With an emotionally charged crowd behind them, the Spartans got off to a fast start in the first set and then utilized a monumental second set comeback – one that saw the Spartans rally from a 15-6 deficit to win 25-22 – to pull ahead 2-0 and then again rallied in the third set to earn the victory.
The Spartans were led by Kelci French, who had seven service aces, to go along with a team-high eight digs and 11 asssists, Royal Richardson, who had 10 kills and three blocks, and Alicia Perrin, who had six kills and five blocks. French’s seven aces is the second most in a single game in Spartans history. It is only bettered by Lies Verhoeff’s 10 against Winnipeg Nov. 30, 2002.
Alberta was led by Alena Omelchenko, who had 10 kills and two aces, and Alyssa Jones, who contributed nine kills and four digs. Whitney Matheson had a game-high 10 digs.
The win improves the Spartans record to 8-3 while Alberta drops to 7-4 on the season.
“I thought we served well tonight,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “I don’t think our serving was particularly tough but we found the right people at the right time. But it got them into a little bit of trouble and it forced them to play the ball. Then we got our block and our defence to pick it up and transitioned.
“It’s pretty loud and pretty intense in that gym. I’ve got a headache because I’ve been yelling the whole game. But it’s a nice factor to be in a home crowd and just have that energy. We feed off of it and it’s a lot of fun.”
Riding the wave of a boisterous Enarson, the Spartans got off to a fast start as they staked themselves to an early 8-3 lead. Sparked by a kill from Richardson, the Spartans took a 2-2 game and turned it into an 8-3 lead, forcing Alberta into an early timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Spartans built their lead to 11-5 before the Pandas started clawing back. Trailing 15-11, Alberta went on a quick 3-0 run to get within one point, 15-14, but in the end that was as close as the Pandas would get.
With Trinity Western up 19-17, the Spartans went on a 3-0 run of their own to open a five-point lead and from there, the Spartans held on for a 25-21 win.
The Pandas were plagued by serving errors as they had seven serving errors in the first set.
In the second set, the Pandas came out the aggressors as they raced to a 6-1 lead and, this time, forced the Spartans to take the early timeout.
Alberta continued to push their lead out of the timeout, opening as much as a 15-6 advantage.
But the Spartans wouldn’t go down without a fight in this set as they crawled back via a 6-1 run to get back in the set at 16-12.
The Pandas maintained a four-point lead up until 20-16 but then the Spartans took off on what would turn out to be a 9-2 run that completed an improbable comeback.
The Spartans took their first lead of the set, at 22-21, after a service ace by Amber Brown, and then opened up their first two-point advantage of the set, at 24-22, after a block by Nicole Bazin before a Bazin kill gave the home side the set.
The difference in the set proved to be blocking as the Spartans had three blocks to the Pandas none.
The third set started much like the second set as the Pandas took the early advantage, opening a 6-2 lead before the Spartans, like the second set as well, replied in emphatic fashion.
With French at the line and contributing a pair of service aces, the Spartans went on a 6-0 run to give Trinity Western an 8-6 lead.
The Pandas responded quickly and once again possessed the lead at 14-12 after back-to-back aces from Lia Stang. They then built their lead to a three-point edge at 17-14.
But then, once again, it was an unstoppable French at the service line doing the damage for Trinity Western as she helped the Spartan take off on a 6-0 run, with four of the points coming by way of service aces.
The Spartans continued to ride that momentum through the latter stages, opening its biggest lead of the set at 22-18. The Pandas got to within two, 22-20, and then again at 24-22, but an Alberta attack error gave the Spartans the win, at 25-22.
The teams will meet in a rematch Saturday night at 5:00 p.m. at the David E. Enarson Gymnasium.
Game Notes – The Spartans had nine blocks to Alberta’s three…TWU had 11 aces to Alberta’s eight…TWU hit .210 while Alberta hit .149.
Source: Trinity Western Sports Info
|Thompson Rivers||0||No. 1 UBC||3||Final||Box Score|
VANCOUVER - The top-ranked UBC Thunderbirds boosted their record
to 10-1 in their first game back from the break, using a huge
blocking effort to top the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 3-0 (25-19,
25-15, 25-21) on Friday night at War Memorial Gym.
The T-Birds entered the contest as the top blocking team in Canada West, and they certainly looked the part on Friday. UBC posted 18 blocks in the three-set match, including nine in just the second frame.
A few flurries of unforced errors early in the first set and midway through the third were the only blemishes on an otherwise dominant UBC performance. They finished the night with a .216 hitting percentage while holding Thompson Rivers to .000 thanks to the monster blocking effort.
"That's a lot of blocking points," UBC head coach Doug Reimer acknowledged with a smile. "We did a good job taking away some of their offence today. There were a number of areas of play where I thought we were really solid, but then we were giving a way too many points too. I look at that third set and just think we could have been steadier. We have to reduce our unforced errors and make Thompson Rivers beat us for every point."
The second set was the most well-rounded for the 'Birds, as they committed just two errors and posted half of their blocks in the frame. Kyla Richey had four kills on just six attacks in the frame, and middle Jessica von Schilling earned five of her seven block assists in the second set.
Richey finished with a match-high 12 kills on .304 hitting, adding six digs, seven block assists and one solo block, in addition to a solid serving performance that earned her two aces.
"Very efficient offensive performance and the numbers could easily have been higher," Reimer said of his star outside hitter. "She tipped a couple balls out of bounds that she can clean up easily, and when you look at her numbers across the board, she served the ball well, she was great passing and she was in on eight blocks, so without question she contributed in every area of the game on a lot of points."
Setter Brina Derksen-Bergen wound up with 28 assists and also got involved in the blocking effort in a major way, finishing tied with Richey at seven block assists and one solo block.
Lisa Barclay had 10 kills and was in on six blocks as well for UBC.
Anne Weiss led the WolfPack with six kills, and Amanda Frayne, Katarina Osadchuck and Kelly Asleson all had five. Osadchuck was also in on four of the team's six blocks.
The WolfPack drop to 4-9 on the year and will look to regroup tomorrow when they wrap up their weekend series at UBC. Game two starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday in War Memorial Gym.
Source: UBC Sports Info