Women’s Volleyball (CIS national championship bronze medal match)
Sunday, March 13, 2016
HLC (Healthy Learning Centre), Brandon University, Brandon, MB
SET SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS UBC................. (0) 18 18 19 1-2 UBC Okanagan........ (3) 25 25 25 2-1
~ From the CIS
BRANDON, Man. (CIS) – No one is questioning the UBC Okanagan Heat’s place in the CIS now.
In only their fifth season competing at the university level, the Heat earned a medal in their first trip to the CIS Women’s Volleyball Championship, beating the UBC Thunderbirds 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 in Sunday’s third-place match.
CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball/index
For Heat head coach Steve Manuel, the medal validated all of the work the program has put into being competitive at the CIS level.
“As a program this is just a very satisfying moment,” Manuel said. “There were a lot of naysayers throughout the years (saying) we’re just another college team coming into CIS. We had lots of negative things said (such as) ‘You’re just going to water things down, you’re not going to be able to compete with the big dogs.’ We thought we could, but we never dreamt we would be able to, in this short of time, get to where we are.”
The Heat were ranked first in the CIS this season before losing to the Trinity Western Spartans in the Canada West conference final and came into nationals as the third seeds. They suffered a disappointing loss to the Toronto Varsity Blues in Saturday’s semifinals, and fourth-year player Kaitlynn Given said UBCO was determined to come back and win a medal on Sunday.
“I think that’s one thing that shows a lot of character about our team is our ability to just refocus,” said Given, who led the Heat with 10 kills in the bronze-medal match. “I’m not going to lie, it was hard last night. We all needed our time, and we took it, but this morning we woke up, were determined and were refocused for this game.”
This match capped off a tremondous and ground breaking career to a group that took UBC Okanagan from CIS newcomers to CIS national medalists. This group includes: Outside hitters Katelyn DeJong and Brianna Beamish, setter Chandler Proch, libero Kailin Jones, and middles Katy Klomps and Katie Wuttunee.
The Thunderbirds, seeded fifth for the championship, challenged the Heat and took early leads in each set, but each time UBCO recovered to win handily.
The Thunderbirds have been to the national championship 21 times in the last 22 years, winning the title six years in a row from 2008 to 2013, and head coach Doug Reimer said the bronze-medal match can be difficult for players.
“Bronze-medal games are weird beasts,” Reimer said. “I won’t spend too long harping on that match. My consideration and my reflection will be actually on last night (when UBC lost to the Trinity Western Spartans in the semifinals). It’s a tough turnaround time, the same thing for both teams. I thought for a while our players played with quite a bit of energy and brought a lot, but I think UBCO is a very solid team. They showed why they were ranked (number) one in the country for a lot of the year.”
Danielle Brisebois led the Thunderbirds with 10 kills.
The Spartans face the Varsity Blues Sunday evening in the championship final. Earlier Sunday, the Montreal Carabins swept the Dalhousie Tigers to finish in fifth place.
Kills: Kaitlynn Given (10)
Points: Kaitlynn Given (11)
Blocks: Katy Klomps (1,5)
Digs: Kailin Jones (11)
Service aces: Emily Oxland (3)
Player of the match: Kailin Jones
Kills: Danielle Brisebois (10), Ciara Hanly (7)
Points: Danielle Brisebois (10), Ciara Hanly (8)
Blocks: Ciara Hanly, Juliana Kaufmanis, Alessandra Gentile (0,2)
Digs: Samantha Patko (12)
Service aces: Irem Eren, Nicola Laniuk (1)
Player of the match: Samantha Patko
Complete Stats: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wvball/2016/championship
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (PACIFIC TIME)
Friday, March 11
10:30 Quarter-final #1: Toronto 3, McGill 2 (18-25, 25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 15-13)
12:30 Quarter-final #2: UBC Okanagan 3, Dalhousie 0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-15)
16:00 Quarter-final #3: Brandon 1 vs. Trinity Western 3 (25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19)
18:00 Quarter-final #4: UBC 3, Montreal 1 (20-25, 25-20, 28-26, 25-20)
Saturday, March 12
10:30 Consolation #1: McGill 2 vs. Dalhousie 3 (25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-12)
12:30 Consolation #2: Brandon 0 vs. Montreal 3 (25-15, 28-26, 25-20)
16:00 Semifinal #1: Toronto 3 vs. UBC Okanagan 1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-21)
18:00 Semifinal #2: UBC 1 vs. Trinity Western 3 (23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19)
Sunday, March 13
11:00 5th place Dalhousie 0 vs. Montreal 3 (25-23, 25-14, 25-19)
13:00 Bronze medal UBC 0 vs. UBC Okanagan 3 (25-18, 25-18, 25-19)
16:00 Championship final Toronto vs. Trinity Western (WCGtv / www.CIS-SIC.tv)
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca
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