The nationally number one ranked UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team wasted no time in dismissing the host team to move on to the national semi-final. The Heat took less than an hour to win in 3 sets (25-11, 25-9, 25-15) over the UNBSJ Seawolves. Alex Basso was named the Volleyball New Brunswick player of the game with 6 kills and 7 digs.
The Heat will play the winner of the 8:00pm(AST) matchup on Thursday night which will feature the Vancouver Island University Mariners, the wildcard representative for the BCCAA, versus the Grand Prairie Wolves, the wildcard representative for the ACAC conference. If the Mariners defeat the Prairie Wolves the Heat will once again face the Mariners this will be the second year in a row that the two BC teams have met in the national semi-final. That semi-final match will happen Friday March 11 at 8:00pm(AST), 4:00pm(PST).
Recap form the tournament: http://j.mp/gWvoiM below.
The third match of this first day of the CCAA Women’s National Volleyball Championship featured the host team, the UNBSJ Seawolves. Having lost in the finale of the ACAA Championship to the Mt. Allison Mounties, the 8th seeded Seawolves were faced with the unenviable task of playing defending champions and top-seeded Heat of UBC-Okanagan first.
The first set began with back-and-forth action between the two teams, with many good rallies between them. UNBSJ was very effective in service reception and blocking in the early going, but a few errors showed the Seawolves’ relative inexperience when it comes to playing on a national stage.
Coach Keith Raynes called a timeout at 12-6 to rally the troops, but the Heat could not be stopped and their lead increased to 10 points before UNBSJ got back in the match. The second half of the set was very similar, and the Heat cruised to an easy 25-11 victory.
To start the second set, Raynes chose to change two of his starting players, with Megan Fitzpatrick in as setter and Alicia Hamilton as libero. This choice did not pay dividends, as the Heat stormed out to a 9-0 lead behind some great serving from setter Caitlin Nyhus. Alex Basso was particularly effective during this set, with a few killer attacks from the pipe position.
With rookie Chandler Proch as their new setter, the Heat’s game plan did not change one bit, and Proch was able to orchestrate a variety of sets for her team, many of hits coming from the powerful arm of Jill Festival. The second set was won 25-9 by the Heat.
Led by Kelcie Levesque at the service line, the Seawolves took a 3-1 lead at the start of the third set, but the Heat rapidly took the momentum back after a few missed service receptions by UNBSJ. Communication errors were costly for the Seawolves, along with poor service reception, which led to Raynes taking a timeout at 11-7 for the Heat.
The UNBSJ fans tried to rally their team back into the match, but the powerful Heat were too much for the Seawolves on this day. The match ended with a service error from left side hitter Jasmine Lavoie, as the Heat won the third and final set 25-15. The Heat now moves on to play the winner of the Mariners/Wolves match in the semi-final tomorrow night, while the Seawolves will play the loser of this same match.
Player of the game for the Seawolves was Jasmine Lavoie, with 7 kills and 4 digs. Alex Basso received the same honour for the Heat, with 6 kills and 7 digs.
Full tournament Schedule:
1. University of British Columbia-Okanagan
3. Mount Royal University
4. Vancouver Island University
5. Grande Prairie Regional College
6. Humber College
7. Mount Allison University
8. University of New Brunswick-Saint John
Thursday March 10
Game #1 1pm – FXG vs Mount Allison
Game # 2 3pm – Mount Royal vs Humber
Game # 3 6pm – UBCO vs UNB-SJ
Game # 4 8pm – VIU vs GPRC
Friday March 11
Game # 5 1pm – Mt. Allison vs Humber
Game # 6 3pm – UNB-SJ vs Loser of game 4
Game # 7 6pm – FXG vs Mount Royal (semi-final)
Game # 8 8pm – Heat vs Winner of game 4 (semi-final)
Saturday March 12
Game # 9 10am – Losers of game 7 & Winners of game 6
Game # 10 12pm – Losers of game 8 vs. Winners of game 5
Game # 11 2pm – Losers of game 5 & 6 (7th/8th place)
Game # 12 5pm – Winners of game 9 & 10 (Bronze Medal)
Game # 13 7pm – Winners of game 7 & 8 (Gold Medal)