Friday night will feature the two Canada West women's volleyball semifinals sponsored by Mikasa at UBC Okanagan. At 6 p.m. it is the 1 seed versus the 4 seed (UBCO vs UBC) and at 8 p.m. it is 2 versus 3 (Alberta vs Trinity Western).
Canada West Final Four Match Schedule
FRIDAY, MAR 4th, 2016:
6 PM | SEMIFINAL MATCH (1) | (#4) UBC (17-7) vs. (#1) UBC Okanagan (22-2) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets // Canada West Final Four
8 PM | SEMIFINAL MATCH (2) | (#3) Trinity Western (20-4) vs. (#2) Alberta (20-4) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets // Canada West Final Four
SATURDAY, MAR 5th, 2016:
5 PM | BRONZE MEDAL MATCH | Loser Match (1) vs. Loser Match (2) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets // Canada West Final Four
7 PM | CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH | Winner Match (1) vs. Winner Match (2) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets // Canada West Final Four
All matches to be played at the gymnasium at UBC Okanagan.
Awards ceremony to follow the Championship Match on Saturday.
~ Canada West Communications
EDMONTON, AB - For the first time in program history, the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team is set to welcome the conference’s best, as the Canada West Final Four opens Friday in Kelowna.
UBC Okanagan, who finished atop the conference standings during the regular season with a sparkling 22-2 record, enters the tournament looking to capture the first Canada West banner in school history.
Head coach Steve Manuel has built the Heat into an impressive program since the program’s inaugural Canada West season in 2011-12.
While the Heat enter the tournament the favourites by virtue of their regular season title, UBCO is in for a test this weekend, as a trio of nationally ranked teams come to town.
Standing in the Heat’s way are perennial conference powers, Alberta, Trinity Western – the defending conference and national champions – and UBC.
With three of the Final Four competitors joining the host Brandon Bobcats at the national tournament March 10-12, all four teams will be looking to get all-important wins in Friday’s semis, which would punch their tickets to the national stage right away.
You can catch all the Final Four action live on Canadawest.tv
Players to watch
UBC Okanagan - Emily Oxland | Setter | 4th year | North Vancouver, BC
There’s no shortage of talent on the UBCO Heat, among them Oxland, who in four years has spun 129 service aces, including 32 this season. She sits just nine off the all-time Canada West record of 138 set by Brandon’s Shanlee McLennan.
The four-year starter out of North Vancouver, BC will need to distribute the ball to all of UBCO’s options for the Heat to earn a medal at this year’s Canada West Final Four and journey to the program’s first ever CIS National Championship in Brandon on March 11-13.
Alberta - Meg Casault | Outside Hitter | 4th year | Edmonton, AB
Building off a tremendous 2014-15 season, Casault was even more spectacular in 2015-16. Casault finished second in the conference and CIS with 4.46 kills per set, a new career high, while leading the Pandas to the third best offensive attack in the conference (12.57 kills per set). Casault’s kills per set mark was also the third highest in Alberta Pandas history.
Trinity Western - Nikki Cornwall | Setter | 3rd year | Coquitlam, BC
Nikki Cornwall is coming off the second best regular season any Spartans setter has ever had as she finished the year with a CIS-leading 10.45 assists per set. Last year’s CIS championship MVP helped guide TWU to a .235 hitting percentage (third in Canada West) during the regular season. The even-keeled Cornwall has a calming demeanour on the court and proved as such last when she helped lead the Spartans to come-from-behind victories in both the Canada West and CIS gold medal matches.
UBC - Danielle Brisebois | Left side | 4th year | Bolton, ON
The UBC Thunderbirds return to the Canada West women’s volleyball Final Four for the ninth consecutive time.
Left side hitter Danielle Brisebois led the Blue and Gold in kills per set (3.85) and hitting percentage (.305) - figures that put her in the top five in the Canada West in both categories. During the regular season, UBC led the league in service aces per set (2.35), kills per set (12.83), hitting percentage (.249) and assists per set (11.99).
Last weekend, the T-Birds swept their quarter-final series against Brandon in two straight matches in Vancouver, halting the Bobcats’ 12-match win streak.
Team Leaders (2015/16)
Kills per set: 3.26 – Brianna Beamish, outside hitter
Digs per set: 3.65 – Kailin Jones, libero
Hitting percentage: .345 – Katie Wuttunee, middle
Service aces per set:.45 – Megan Festival and Brianna Beamish, outside hitters
Assists per set: 8.63 – Emily Oxland, setter
Alberta (12 CW Championships, last one in 2012 // 7 CIS championships, last one in 2007):
Kills per set: 4.46 – Meg Casault, outside hitter
Digs per set: 3.43 - Jessie Niles, libero
Hitting percentage: .556 – Tessa Hill, outside hitter
Service aces per set: 0.40 – Mariah Walsh, setter
Assists per set: 10.14 - Mariah Walsh, setter
Trinity Western (1 CW Championship, in 2014 // 1 CIS championship, in 2014):
Kills per set: 3.82 – Sophie Carpentier, outside hitter
Digs per set: 3.44 – Mariel Garcia, libero
Hitting percentage: .317 – Katie Devaney, middle
Service aces per set: 0.48 – Sophie Carpentier, outside hitter
Assists per set: 10.45 – Nikki Cornwall, setter
UBC (13 CW Championships, last one in 2013 // 10 CIS championships, last one in 2013)
Kills per set: 3.85 – Danielle Brisebois, left side
Digs per set: 2.47 – Samantha Patko, libero
Hitting percentage: .305 – Danielle Brisebois, left side
Service aces per set: 0.45 – Laura MacTaggart, left side
Assists per set: 9.53 – Alessandra Gentile, setter
|TALE OF THE TAPE||(#1 ) UBCO||(#2) ALB||(#3) TWU||(#4) UBC|
|CW regular season head-to-head record vs. Final Four teams:||(5-1) vs ALB (2-0), vs UBC (2-0), @ TWU (1-1)||(2-4) at UBCO (0-2), at TWU (1-1), vs UBC (1-1)||(3-3) vs UBCO (1-1), vs ALB (1-1), vs UBC (1-1)||(2-4) at UBCO (0-2), at ALB (1-1), at TWU (1-1)|
|W-L||22-2 (1st)||20-4 (T2nd)||20-4 (T2nd)||17-7 (4th)|
|Streak||5 wins||Won 6||Lost 1||Won 1|
|3 set matches||15-0||11-0||11-1||11-3|
|4 set matches||5-0||8-2||7-1||5-4|
|5 set matches||2-2||1-2||2-2||1-0|
|Kills/set||12.61(2nd)||12.57 (3rd)||12.51 (2nd)||12.83 (1st)|
|Hitting Pct.||.240 (2nd)||.221 (4th)||.235 (3rd)||.249 (1st)|
|Opp. Hitting Pct.||.089||.139||.126||.157|
|Assists/set||11.67 (4th)||11.98 (2nd)||11.67 (3rd)||11.99 (1st)|
|Service Aces||168 (8th)||187 (5th)||188 (4th)||195 (2nd)|
|Aces/set||1.98 (7th)||2.13 (6th)||2.14 (5th)||2.35 (1st)|
|Service Errors||176 (10th)||202 (6th)||229 (3rd)||221 (5th)|
|Reception Errors||119 (13th)||123 (12th)||176 (5th)||147 (11th)|
|Digs/set||15.20 (1st)||13.82 (3rd)||12.72 (11th)||12.29 (12th)|
|Blocks/set||2.49 (2nd)||1.97 (7th)||2.74 (1st)||2.17 (5th)|
|Total Blocks||212 (3rd)||173 (7th)||242 (1st)||180 (6th)|
|Points/set||17.1 (3rd)||16.7||17.4 (1st)||17.3 (2nd)|