CIS women's volleyball Sunday roundup: Pelletier comes off bench to ignite stunning rally as Martlets qualify for CIS championship
Photo credit Derek Drummond
TORONTO - The York University Lions women's volleyball team dominated the McMaster Marauders in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-14) victory on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 12) in their regular season finale, snapping McMaster's eight-game winning streak.
The Lions had already clinched first place in the OUA standings and finish the regular season with a sparkling 16-2 mark. The loss for the Marauders drops them to 11-7 on the year and they finish with the same record as the Toronto Varsity Blues but earn the tiebreaker thanks to a 3-1 head-to-head victory on Saturday.
The win also kept the Lions unbeaten streak at home intact, and the rest of the OUA playoffs will run through the Tait McKenzie Centre should the Lions win their quarter-final match next weekend.
As they have been all season, the two most dominant players for the Lions were sophomore outside hitters Brandie Wilkerson (Brampton, Ont.) and Melissa Humana-Paredes (Toronto), who both finish the regular season ranked among the OUA's top 10 in scoring. Wilkerson ended the game with 14 points on 11 kills, two service aces and one block, to be the OUA's leading scorer with 4.29 points per set, while Humana-Paredes had 11 points, all on kills, and finished tied for seventh with 3.56 points per set. Both players also had 11 digs in the contest.
McMaster's Shannon McRobert (Whitby, Ont.) was the leading scorer for her team with 12 points on seven kills, three service aces and five assisted blocks. She also had seven digs.
The Marauders won the first point of the match but the Lions quickly took control of the first set, building a lead as big as four early, at 10-6. The Marauders made several attempts to chip away at the lead but never got closer than three and were down by five at the first technical timeout. Coming out of the break the Lions continued to pressure the Marauders and added to their lead, eventually winning 25-20.
The Lions continued that strong play into the second set and won six straight points to build a 7-1 lead, eventually growing it to 14-5. But McMaster then put together their own six-point streak to narrow the lead to 14-11, and the score was 16-12 at the technical timeout. They narrowed the gap to three after the break but the Lions pulled away down the stretch again and won 25-20.
The Marauders played much better to start the third set, at one point leading 10-7. But a service error by Lauren Skelley gave the Lions a point to make the score 12-12 and from there the home team cruised. Starting setter Tisha Rouse (Brampton, Ont.) went on to serve 13 straight points, punctuated by three service aces and two kills each by Wilkerson, Humana-Paredes and Stephanie Green (Ottawa), to give the Lions match point. They were unable to convert the first one but made good on the third on a kill by Allison Peters (London, Ont.) to earn the 25-14 win.
Head coach Nick Tran put graduating seniors Dayna Herold (Sudbury, Ont.) and Clarie Leewing (Toronto) into the starting line-up for the first time this season and they made the most of the opportunity. Herold, playing libero, finished with nine digs while Leewing had six points on four kills, one service ace and two assisted blocks.
With the regular season now over the Lions will turn their attention to the playoffs, beginning with a quarter-final game next weekend against the Royal Military College (RMC) Paladins, who earned the eighth seed. The match will begin at 1pm at the Tait McKenzie Centre.
Source: York Sports Info
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University women's volleyball team (10-8 OUA) dropped a 3-0 ( decision to the Guelph Gryphons (9-9 OUA) at the Bob Davis Gymnasium Sunday afternoon.
Prior to the game, the Badgers honoured five individuals including three graduating seniors in Rachel Roorda (St. George, Ont.), Ally Fast (St. Catharines, Ont.) and Jasmine Thome (Kenora, Ont.), former standout Shannon Anderson and student trainer Alexandra Farah.
As part of the "Dig for a Cure" Game, through the generous support of Brock President Dr. Jack Lightstone, Director of Athletics Robert Hilson, Head Coach Dale Melnick and the Brock University Athletic Council (BUAC) the "Ally Fast Dig Challenge" raised a total of $760.00 towards breast cancer research.
Fast finished her final match with 22 assists and 19 digs. She closes out her illustrious career as the Badgers all-time assists leader with 3,059 and the all-time leader for digs by a setter with 997.
Leading the Badgers offense was freshman Lauren Stirling (Whitby, Ont.) who recorded 11 kills and five digs. Roorda added eight kills and two block solos in the loss.
For the Gryphons, Kaitlyn Krizmanich (Carlisle, Ont.) led all players with a game-high 13 kills and seven digs. Brooke Lloyd (Whitby, Ont.) and Erinn Bickle (Whitby, Ont.) both chipped in with seven kills each.
The Badgers now await their OUA 1/4 Finals opponent.
Source: Brock Sports Info
|#3 @ #2 Demi-finale RSEQ - Match 3|
QUEBEC CITY - Victoria Pelletier came off the bench to spark an unlikely rally and Marie-Christine Lapointe racked up 16 kills, three aces and five stuff blocks as McGill erased a 2-0 deficit in sets to upset No.7-ranked Laval 3-2 and win the best-of-three Quebec women's volleyball semifinal series at the Centre PEPS, Saturday.
It was McGill's first-ever playoff series victory over the omnipotent Rouge et Or program and the Martlets advanced to the conference final against the division-leading Montreal Carabins. More importantly, the Martlets automatically qualified for a berth at the CIS national championship in Hamilton, Ont., March 2-4. It's only the second time in school history that the team will be going to Nationals and the first time since 1997.
After dropping the first two sets 17-25 and 22-25, the McGill women roared back to win 25-19, 25-23 and 15-6 in a shocker that took two hours and 15 minutes to complete.
Kaiva Mateus of Montreal West added 10 kills and a game-high 12 stuff blocks. Genevieve Plante contributed six kills, an ace and one block.
The momentum change took place in the third set when head coach Rachèle Béliveau inserted Victoria Pelletier into the game while the score was tied 8-8. The 5-foot-9 power-hitter from Westmount, Que., was a dynamo on the court, registering six kills, an ace and two blocks.
"She has a lot of heart and determination," said Béliveau, a former Canadian Olympian who improved her career record to 450-419-2 in 21 seasons overall behind the McGill bench. "I could see that Victoria was really focussed on the bench and I felt that I had to get her into the game. She started to serve very well, played amazing in the back-court and brought a lot of drive and energy. She is the type of player that can change a game around when she is focussed and in control.''
The RSEQ best-of-three conference final will be played over the next two weekends, beginning with Game 1 at U de M on Friday, Feb. 17. The return engagement will be played at McGill on Feb. 24 and if needed, Game 3 will be back at U de M on Feb. 25.
Source: McGill Sports Info
TORONTO - The Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team wrapped up their 2011-12 regular season campaign with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 26-24) win over the Ryerson Rams on Sunday afternoon at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym.
The Blues finish the season tied with McMaster for fourth place with identical 11-7 records, but finish fifth on account of their head-to-head record. Toronto will play a quarter-final at McMaster next Saturday, February 18. Game time is TBD.
The Blues dominated the first two sets to take a 2-0 lead into the third frame. The Rams found their ground and built a 19-14 late in the set. The Blues rallied back and went on a 12-5 run, led by a couple of huge blocks from Sarah Chapin, to take secure the shut out victory.
Sophomore left side hitter Rebecca Crosier led the Blues with seven kills and seven digs, while Denise Wooding had six kills and nine digs. Setter Malena Rapaport tallied 22 assists and 12 digs, while Chapin ended the game with four blocks and four kills.
Ryerson was led by Chelsea Jensen’s 10-kill, 17-dig performance in the loss.
Source: Toronto Sports Info