Women's Volleyball (Canada West Final Four semifinal match)
Friday, March 4, 2016
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS Trinity Western..... (3) 22 26 25 25 15 (20-4), (3-0) Alberta............. (2) 25 28 19 18 13 (20-4), (2-1)
~ Grayson Leahy // Heat Athletics
KELOWNA, BC - In the second Canada West women’s volleyball semifinal match on Friday night at UBC Okanagan, the Trinity Western University Spartans came back from down two sets to defeat the University of Alberta Pandas, 3-2.
Set Scores: 22-25, 26-28, 25-19, 25-18, 15-13
For the Pandas, the loss is part of an unhappy trend against the Spartans. This is the third postseason match in a row between these two teams in which Alberta has taken a two sets to none lead, only to have Trinity Western come back and win in a fifth set.
With the win Trinity Western grabs the second berth from Canada West in the CIS Nationals in Brandon on March 11-13, joining Friday’s earlier victor the UBC Okanagan Heat.
The loss puts Alberta in must win on Saturday night versus the UBC Thunderbirds.
Mikasa Players of the Match were outside hitter Kacey Otto from Alberta, and setter Nikki Cornwall from Trinity Western.
The Spartans ability to effectively attack the net proved to be the difference in the five set win, as Trinity Western totalled 60 kills in the match.
The Spartans had two players in double digits in both kills and digs. Elizabeth Wendel earned a team high of 22 kills (.182), and 17 digs.
Sophie Carpentier followed close behind, earning 18 kills (.125), and 17 digs.
The Pandas' Meg Casault led her team in attacks, scoring 18 kills (.111), and added 18 digs.
Kacey Otto had 15 kills (.170) and 23 digs, and Karly Janssen had 11 kills (.125).
The Pandas finished the night with 56 kills and a (.140) attack percentage, and Trinity finished hitting (.132).
Alberta’s setter Mariah Walsh led the match in assists (47). Trinity setter Nikki Cornwall followed with (44).
The University of Alberta won the first set, 25-22. Trinity Western led 16-14 at the technical time-out, but the Pandas’ run late in the set took them to set point, and Meg Casault put it away for Alberta with her set leading sixth kill.
The Spartans scored 13 kills to the Pandas’ 12, but hit only .083 against the Alberta net defence, which tallied five blocks in the frame.
Alberta won the second set 28-26. Trinity Western led 16-13 at the second’s frame’s technical time-out, but the Pandas made another late push to tie it up at 24. The teams traded points, but the Pandas took it on another set-winning kill from Meg Casault.
Trinity Western took the third set, 25-19. Alberta led at the technical time-out, 16-13. Trinity Western took advantage of Panda errors to tie the set up at 17-17, and quickly took a 20-18 lead behind back-to-back kills from Sophie Carpentier. Rowyn Neufeld put the set away for the Spartans with her fifth kill of the match.
Trinity Western won the fourth set 25-18. The Spartans led 16-10 at the fourth set’s technical timeout, and never let up, pushing their lead to ten points at 20-10. Elizabeth Wendel led the Spartans’ attack, scoring six kills in the set.
Trinity Western completed the comeback with a 15-13 win in the fifth and final set. The Spartans had an 8-4 lead at the technical break, and stretched it to 12-6 at one point. Alberta ran off five straight points to pull within one at 12-11, before Elizabeth Wendel put down two kills to give Trinity Western match point at 14-12. Meg Casault brought the Pandas within one, at 14-13, before putting her serve into the net to give the Spartans the winning point.
With the loss the Pandas will play UBC in the bronze medal game scheduled for 5 p.m. tomorrow night (March 5) at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
Trinity Western will advance to the gold medal game against the Heat, scheduled for 7 p.m.