CIS women's volleyball Friday roundup: Strong start, deadly attack helps T-Birds beat Bisons
Photo credit Richard Lam
HAMILTON, Ont. - The McMaster Marauders women's volleyball team took down the Waterloo Warriors in three sets on Friday night at Burridge Gymnasium. Set scores in favour of the Marauders were 25-19, 25-11, 25-17. Libero Meagan Nederveen was named the Big Mac Player of the Game for the Marauders.
Both teams would trade points throughout the first set early on, all tied up at 8-8. The Marauders would be the first to take a significant lead and from there would earn the two points lead at the technical timeout at 16-14 thanks to a big block from middle Shannon McRobert (Whitby, Ont.). A kill from rookie Lauren Mastroluisi (Ancaster, Ont.) and an ace from McRobert would put McMaster put by two more for a score of 18-14.
After a timeout called by Waterloo, Warrior Oksana Kozak (Mississauga, Ont.) would connect with setter Kayla Ng (London, Ont.) for the kill and would score two more aces. That, along with a kill from Waterloo's Laura Klein (Kitchener, Ont.) would tie the game up at 18. The Marauders would fight back, winning three points, forcing the Warriors to call their second timeout. An ace from rookie Mira Krunic (Oakville, Ont.) would put Waterloo in their place and from there the Marauders would seal the deal 25-19 on a hit down the line from Kailee Stock (Newmarket, Ont.).
Early in the second set, McMaster would take a 7-4 lead with three serves from Stock. The Marauders continued to build on that lead with big blocks up front, amounting to a six point lead at 11-5. Throughout the set, the Warriors would continue to flounder on serve receive and the Marauders wouldn't let up as they capitalized on Waterloo mistakes throughout the set. McMaster would easily earn the second set win at 25-11 and rookie Krunic would already total seven points in the match.
In the third, both teams would be tied at five points each before Stock came out with an ace on the back line. She would serve three more after that before Waterloo was forced to call a timeout at 9-5. McMaster would double that lead and by the technical timeout, the score would read 16-8 in favour of the Marauders.
Later in the match, the Warriors would get within five at 17-12 but a miss-hit from Waterloo's Klein would get the ball back for the Marauders. A few aces from middle Camilla Thorne-Tjomsland (Winnipeg, Man.) and a kil from McRobert would put McMaster up by nine at 21-12. A timeout from the Warriors would push them for the last ditch effort to save the set but some step-arounds from McRobert and a number of Waterloo mistakes would see the Marauders win the third 25-17.
Meagan Nederveen, Big Mac Player of the Game for the Marauders, recorded a game-high 17 digs for McMaster. Mastroluisi, Krunic and McRobert would all score a team-high eight points in McMaster's win over the Warriors and setter Amanda Weldon (Hamilton, Ont.) would recorded 28 assists in the match. Thorne-Tjomsland would recorded another five kills and three blocks for the Marauders.
For the Warriors, Big Mac Player of the Game honours went to Laura Klein for her game-high 10 kills. Kozak also contributed with six kills and two aces for eight points.
The Marauders host the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday night at Burridge Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m.
Source: McMaster Sports Info
|Alberta||3||UBC Okanagan||1||Final||Box Score|
The Heat got off to an early one set lead, but couldn't hold off the Pandas in the end as they triumphed over the Heat in 4 sets (20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19). With the win the Pandas move to 8-4 on the season, the Heat have lost eight in a row as their record sits at 2-11.
The Pandas won a close second set 25-22 and built momentum from there, continuing to generate solid offense. UBC Okanagan responded with an offensive surge of their own, keeping the score tight throughout the set. Ultimately a string of Heat errors late in the third led to a 25-19 third set win for the Pandas.
The tide looked to be turning in the Heat's favour in the fourth set after they got off to a quick 6-1 lead. Ever relentless, the Pandas came right back, bringing the score back to a tie at 11-11 and then never looked back. In a last attempt to regroup, the Heat called a timeout down 13-19, but the Pandas were not to be denied. A Jaki Ellis kill sealed the deal for the Pandas as they won the fourth set 25-19, taking the match.
Katy Klomps led the Heat with 10 kills on the night, knocking them in at 42.9%; Alex Basso and Myrte Schön were close behind with 9 kills each. Alex Basso and Kailin Jones both contributed 13 digs apiece.
Alena Omelchenko put up 14 kills for the Pandas, while Alyssa Jones chipped in 12. Erin Walsh led the Pandas in digs with 26, while Omelchenko added 12 for her team.
The Heat and the Pandas will play the rematch on Saturday night at 6 p.m. PST on UBC's Okanagan campus.
Source: UBC Okanagan
VANCOUVER - The CIS No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds came out swinging against the No. 5 Manitoba Bisons on Friday, and though the Bisons were able to regroup after a dismal first set, the 'Birds still escaped with a 3-0 win (25-10, 25-23, 31-29) at War Memorial Gym.
Kyla Richey, Lisa Barclay and Shanice Marcelle combined for 14 kills on just 24 attacks in a dominant first set for the T-Birds. UBC had as many blocks as the Bisons had kills in that set (three), and the 'Birds cruised to an easy 25-10 win.
Things weren't that easy on UBC for the entire match, but the game did seem to come easy to those three T-Bird attackers. Manitoba leads the conference in digs, but the T-Birds had no problem putting the ball down on them on Friday, as Marcelle ended up with a match-high 16 kills, including all three set-points, while Richey had 15 kills on .520 hitting and Barclay had 11 on .562 hitting.
"It was a good job for us in terms of efficiency," said UBC head coach Doug Reimer. "All our hitters were efficient so offensively I was pleased with that. We had three hitters in double digits, with Kyla and Lisa hitting over .500, so that's a good job and Brina (Derksen-Bergen) did a good job distributing the ball."
Derksen-Bergen ended up with 40 assists and continues to be a huge part of the UBC blocking effort. She led the team with three block assists on Friday.
The T-Birds had big leads in both the second and third sets before the Bisons made it close late.
A disputed call late in the second turned out to be a huge turning point of that set. UBC was awarded the point after the referee decided a Manitoba pass had grazed the out of bounds pole before being hit over the net, and the T-Birds got a second point on the play when Manitoba was hit with a yellow card for arguing the call.
That made it 23-21, and after the teams traded net violations, Marcelle closed the set out for UBC.
A late 8-2 run by the Bisons tied the third set up at 24, and they had three shots at set point before Marcelle put them away again, first teaming up with Jessica von Schilling on a block, then putting down her third set-point kill of the night.
"Obviously our start was great in the first set, but sets two and three just show that you've got to keep playing," Reimer said. "I don't think we sustained our serve as well in those last two sets. Manitoba had better serve and pass, and the result is them getting like 10 extra points in those sets."
Tricia Mayba, Kristi Hunter and Crystal Mulder all finished with eight kills to lead Manitoba.
UBC improves to 12-1 while the Bisons drop to 9-4. The teams meet again tomorrow at 5 p.m. to wrap up the series at War Memorial Gym.
Source: UBC Sports Info
|Brandon||0||Thompson Rivers||3||Final||Box Score|
|Winnipeg||1||Trinity Western||3||Final||Box Score|
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 7 ranked Trinity Western women’s volleyball team knocked off No. 2 Winnipeg 3-1 (28-26, 25-10, 25-27, 28-26) Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
With the Spartans getting quality contributions from all over the court, Trinity Western knocked off a team ranked No. 2 in the country for a second straight weekend after beating Alberta last Friday.
The Spartans Amy Leschied finished with 16 kills and five blocks to lead the Spartans while Royal Richards had 11 kills and 10 digs and Kelci French finished with a game-high 16 digs, six blocks, six kills and three aces. Libero Jodi Neufeld finished with 12 digs and setter Chelsea Hudson had 36 assists.
For Winnipeg, it was Ozana Nikolic leading the way with 16 kills and 11 digs while Lauren Sears had 15 kills and three blocks and Carleen Kruschel had nine kills and 11 digs. Setter Brittany Habing had a game-high 40 assists.
The win improves the Spartans to 9-4 on the season while the loss drops the Wesmen to 12-3.
“We passed really well tonight,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “We had to address some things from last week and we did those things this week. Jodi [Neufeld] had an outstanding passing night. She had good support from her teammates and we were able to get the ball to Chelsea [Hudson] and she was able to distribute it.
“Lots of people had good volume tonight. There was a lot of blocking out there and a good team effort. Winnipeg is a fantastic team and both teams are going to battle. And tomorrow they’re going to come out and play better and hopefully we play a little better as well and then we’ll see where the chips fall.”
The Wesmen got off to a quick start in the first set as Sears, last week’s Canada West Female Athlete of the Week, had three kills within the first five points to stake Winnipeg to a 4-1 lead. But then the game turned Trinity Western’s way after an overturned call went in the Spartans favour. Instead of Winnipeg taking a 5-1 lead, the Spartans cut the visitors advantage to 4-2 and from there, kept rolling.
The Spartans went on what would become a 10-3 run to open an 11-7 lead. The Spartans built that up to a five-point advantage at 16-11 before Winnipeg started crawling back into the set. Sparked by back-to-back Kruschel kills, the Wesmen went on a 7-2 run to knot the game 18-18.
From there it was back and forth as neither team took more than a one-point advantage until Trinity Western finished the set with block by French and Alicia Perrin to make it 28-26 on what was the Spartans fourth crack at set-point.
With momentum garnered from the first set, the second set was all Trinity Western. With French at the line for nine straight serves and Richardson leading the way with three kills, the Spartans raced out to a 9-0 lead.
The Spartans never let up as they ran away with a 15-point win. Trinity Western hit .381 in the set and had six blocks, while holding Winnipeg to a -.094 attacking percentage and just a single block.
In the third set, the Wesmen responded in a big way as it was the visitors getting off to a quick start, pulling out to a 9-3 lead. The Spartans got to within three points at 10-7 but by the technical timeout, after a Sears kill, Winnipeg had reestablished their six-point edge, 16-10.
After that, Trinity Western started coming back.
With the score 22-21, a Richardson ace tied it up 22-22. Then, after an empathic Leschied kill, Trinity Western took its first lead of the set and had a shot to win the set and the match at 25-24.
But Winnipeg replied with three straight points to end the Spartans hopes of a comeback win and send the match to a fourth set.
In the fourth, it was a game of swings.
The Wesmen got off to a quick 5-2 start only to see Trinity Western earn four straight points to make it 6-5. The Spartans pushed that lead into a five-pointer at 14-9 and looked in control. But Winnipeg came right back with a 6-1 run to tie it 15-15.
The Spartans then rebuilt their lead up to three points at 19-16 but Winnipeg came back again with three straight points that tied the game again, 19-19.
From there, neither team was willing to give an inch as the teams went back and forth until a Nicole Bazin block, her eighth, gave Trinity Western a 28-26 win.
The two teams will meet in a rematch Saturday night at 5:00 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.
Game Notes – TWU finished with 18 blocks while Winnipeg had just 11…TWU finished with a .165 hitting percentage while Winnipeg was .072…TWU had 8 aces to Winnipeg’s six.
Source: Trinity Western Sports Info