Less than sixteen hours after suffering a devastating loss in the national semi-final to the Heat’s BC rival from Nanaimo, the VIU Mariners, the Heat found themselves back on the court having to play the Humber Hawks and needing to win to advance to the bronze medal game later today. The women wasted no time in dispatching the Hawks as they did so in 3 sets (25-17, 25-16, 25-21). First year middle blocker, Emily Carroll was named the Heat’s player of the matchThe Heat will have another short rest before playing in the Bronze medal game against FX Garneau Élans in just four hours, at 1:00pm (PST).
Recap from the tournament: http://j.mp/foy0IK below.
After a defeat in game 8 against Vancouver Island University, the Okanagan Heats faced the Humber Hawks, winners against the Mount Allison Mounties. Okanagan walked into the National Championships in first place and Humber ranked sixth. Humber College boasts the All Canadian Player of the Year, #8 Landis Doyle while Okanagan has Coach of the year, Steve Manuel as well as #4 Alex Basso and #8 Caitlin Nyhus as All Canadians.
Set one began with #13 Myrtle Schon of UBCO serving first in the match with Humber scoring the first point. UBCO quickly got the ball back and got another point when a double touch was called on Humber.
With a quick 4-1 lead, UBCO had to work for their points but was gradually pulling ahead. UBCO’s #12 Emily Carroll’s defensive block scored them yet another point. UBCO lost the ball giving Humber the chance to get two points before going back to UBCO.
#4 Alex Basso of UBCO, lost the ball on her serve bringing the score to 8-5. With #3 Lindsay Ballance serving for Humber, they caught up quickly with 9-9. Humber took a two point lead with 14-12, but UBCO wasn’t giving a point away and caught up quickly. #2 Jill Festival and #12 Emily Carroll of UBCO blocked a spike to get control of the ball and took the lead again with 19-15.
Time out was called by Humber’s coach Chris Wilkins in an attempt to rally the team together and make up lost points. UBCO quickly pulled ahead thought and won the set 25-17.
The second set was just as energetic. In minutes, Humber and UBC-O were fighting for top spot with a score of 3-3. There was little give from either team. #8 Landis Doyle of Humber spiked the ball out of bounds to give UBCO a lead of 9-4. Number 11 Lenai Schmidt of UBCO dove for a tipped ball in an attempt to get control of the ball which they did in the next rally.
UBCO still had the lead with a score of 11-7 but Humber wasn’t giving any easy points away. #3 Lindsay Ballance of Humber spiked for another point. UBCO continued to dominate with a 17-10 lead. With control of the ball, UBC-O continued to pummel Humber but UBCO’s #12 Emily Carroll missed a spike giving the ball over to Humber. Humber took advantage for another point but was still trailing 19-12. #13 Myrtle Schon of UBC-O served out of bounds giving control of the ball back to Humber bringing the set to 22-15 and UBC-O quickly won with 25-16.
Humber started the third set and after a minor dispute between the refs and the UBCO coach, Humber got first point. Losing control of the ball in their serve, #6 Teresa George hit the ball out of bounds bringing the score to 2-2. UBCO took a quick lead with 5-2 with #4 Alex Basso’s blocks. Humber College got control of the ball but lost it as quickly when #9 served into the net. Kill by Humber’s 16 Michelle Overzet to bring the score to 9-7 with UBC-O leading.
Humber made up for another point bringing the score 8-9. It was evened up within minutes with a 10-10 score and when UBCO player #4 Alex Basso spiked into the net, Humber led the score board with 11-10. #8 Landis Doyle of Humber continued to attack UBCO with some intense spikes but the game remained even at 12-12. #2 Laura Bye of Humber spiked the ball to get another point bringing the score to 14-15.
It was quickly regained by #12 Emily Carroll’s serving to give UBCO a 17-15 lead. Humber College coach called a time out with the score at 18-15. Humber came back after time out for another point bringing the score to 18-16 but UBCO quickly regained control of the ball and scored another two point. #8 Landis Doyle scored a point for Humber giving them control of the ball and bringing the score closer with 18-20.
Alex Basso of UBCO spiked the ball through the Humber blockers to get another point hauling UBCO ahead with a 23-20 lead. Humber Coach Chris Wilkins called a time out as the scores sat 23-21. Humber had control of the ball with #5 serving but lost the ball and the game within seconds with a 25-21 score.
Player of the Match for UBCO is #12 Emily Carroll with 7 kills and 3 spikes. From Humber College, #16 Michelle Overzet was player of the match. In winning the match, UBCO will go on to play for the Bronze Medal.
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 GPRC
Game # 7 6pm – FXG vs Mount Royal (semi-final)
Game # 8 8pm – Heat vs VIU (semi-final)
Saturday March 12
Game # 9 10am – FXG vs GPRC
Game # 10 12pm – Heat vs Humber
Game # 11 2pm – Mt. Allison vs UNB-SJ (7th/8th place)
Game # 12 5pm –FXG vs Heat (Bronze Medal)
Game # 13 7pm – Mount Royal vs VIU 8 (Gold Medal)