Women's Volleyball (Canada West Final Four bronze medal match)
Saturday, March 5, 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)
KELOWNA, BC - UBC joins two other Canada West women’s volleyball programs from BC in qualifying for the CIS national championships after a three set win over the Alberta Pandas.
On Saturday night in Kelowna UBC took control of the match early and never took their foot off the gas to earn the Canada West bronze medal.
Along with the third place on the Canada West podium, the Thunderbirds have won a spot at the CIS national tournament.
Set scores: (25-22, 25-21, 25-15).
Alberta, after dropping a heartbreaking five set marathon of a match in Friday’s semifinal versus Trinity Western that finished at nearly midnight Edmonton time never found a groove with the sort turnaround to a 5 p.m. PST start of the Bronze medal match.
The T-Birds, having played the earlier match on Friday, were very effective in their attack.
UBC totaled 42 kills in the match with Danielle Brisebois, the Mikasa Player of the Match for the ‘Birds, led all hitters on the Okanagan hardwood with 15 kills at a .387 attack rate, she added 11 digs to notch a double double.
Juliana Kaufmanis also hit doible digits in kills and digs with 11 (.194) and 14 respectively.
The Panda’s Meg Casault let her team in attacks, scoring 14 (.167) giving her 32 kills over the Canada West Final Four. Casult was named the Mikasa Player of the Match for Alberta.
Kacey Otto had 9 kills (.094) and 11 digs. The Panda’s finished the night with 29 kills and a (.107) attack percentage, and UBC finished hitting (.241).
UBC cemented the straight-sets win with an impressive performance in the third set, winning it 25-15. The final two points of the last set came on surprising back-to-back attack errors from Canada West First Team All-Star, and one of the conference’s best hitters, Meg Casault.
UBC took a 16-11 lead into the technical time-out, following a powerful first-touch kill from Alissa Coulter. They did not allow the Pandas to take a lead, or tie, at any point in the set.
UBC won the opening set 25-22. The Thunderbirds led 16-12 at the first technical time-out. The Pandas tied it up at 21-21, before taking the 22-21 lead on a Kacey Otto stuff block.
The Thunderbirds re-took the lead, 23-22, on a shut-down block of their own from Danielle Brisebois and Ciara Hanly. Hanly was also a part of the set-winning block, along with Victoria Behie.
The Thunderbirds took the second set 25-21. UBC took a quick 4-0 lead to start the set, but the Pandas fought back to tie the set up at 9-9.
The Thunderbirds quickly re-gained the lead, and took it in to the technical time-out at 16-11. They stretched their lead to 19-13 at its largest, and took the set on an attack error by Kacey Otto.
The UBC Thunderbirds will continue their season next weekend, at the CIS national tournament in Brandon, Manitoba. The national championship rund from March 11-13.
The University of Alberta Pandas’ season comes to an end with the Final Four loss.
UBC was able to finish the match with a total of (60) digs and (4) service aces compared to the Panda’s (48) digs and (5) service aces.
The T’Birds setter Alessandra Gentile led the match in assists (32). Panda’s setter Mariah Walsh followed with (26).