RECAP – SATURDAY, MARCH 11 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship
Ryan Watters, PACWEST Media
MATCH 9: VIU Mariners 3, Lynx d’Edouard Montpetit 0
The PACWEST champion VIU Mariners made quick work of the RSEQ champion Lynx d’Edouard Montpetit in Saturday morning’s bronze medal semi-final with a three set sweep 27-25, 25-14 and 26-24.
Six different Mariners recorded kills in an excellent quarterbacked match from setter Chantel Cumming. CCAA Player of the Year Megan Rosenlund returned to form with 10 kills, three digs and an ace and was named the Player of the Match. Mikayla Wagner chipped in with eight kills and Andrea Cankovic had her best match of the tournament with seven kills.
The Lynx quest for a CCAA medal comes to a close with the loss. All-Canadian Maude Babin recorded a match high 11 kills and Charlene Robitaille was named the Player of the Match with two kills, five blocks and three digs in a losing cause.
Saturday evening the Mariners will play for a CCAA Bronze medal at 6:00pm.
MATCH 10: GPRC Wolves 3, Cavaliers de Bois-de-Boulogne 2
After an incredible five set comeback victory the Grande Prairie Wolves punch their ticket to the CCAA women’s bronze medal match after a 23-25, 25-18, 21-25, 28-26 and 15-10 victory over the Cavaliers de Bois-de-Boulogne.
The momentum swing took place in the fourth set as the Wolves battled back with timely defence and pulled out a 28-26 victory. Their offence exploded for 47 kills getting contributions from five different players. Megan Koch led the way with a match high 16 kills and tallied 17 digs, while libero Jamie Strauss was outstanding with 22 digs. However the Player of the Match was Brynelle Barrs who collected nine kills, two aces, had a block and seven digs.
The Wolves now move onto the bronze medal match at 6:00pm against the VIU Mariners, the PACWEST champions.
The Cavaliers quest for a CCAA medal comes to an end with a hard fought match. Clemence Glorieux was named the Player of the Match with six kills, three aces and three digs.
MATCH 11: MSVU Mystics 3, Humber Hawks 1
A pair of Conference champions battled hard in the 7th/8th place match-up at the CCAA women’s national volleyball championships as the MSVU Mystics got by the Humber Hawks in four sets.
The first set went back and forth with the Mystics hanging on for a 25-23 victory, before the Hawks responded with a 25-18 win to tie the match.
The Mystics however put their foot on the gas with excellent defence and a balanced attack offensively scoring set wins of 25-18 and 25-22 to seal their first victory at this year’s tournament. All-Canadian Christina Day led the offence with a match high 11 kills and Sydney Foy had eight, both in their career ending matches. The Mystics other fifth year senior Jane Delahunt was named Player of the Match collecting six kills and four blocks out of the middle. With the victory the Mystics will finish 7th.
On the other side of the court, the Hawks were led by their Player of the Match Devan O’Connor who collected eight kills, four aces and 12 digs.
Both teams will be congratulated following tonight’s gold medal match.
MATCH 12/BRONZE MEDAL MATCH: VIU Mariners 3, GPRC Wolves 1
The VIU Mariners are CCAA bronze medalists after a four set victory over the GPRC Wolves on Saturday night 22-25, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-11.
After dropping the first set, the Mariners pick up their pace and got contributions from six different players led by the Player of the Match Andrea Cankovic who tallied 15 kills, one ace, had a block and 11 digs. Megan Rosenlund played her best match with 15 kills, 11 digs and a pair of aces while Mikayla Wagner collected 10 kills.
The Wolves played a solid match led by the 15 kills recorded by Megan Koch and the nine from All-Canadian Emily Groenenboom. Michelle Gauthier was named the Player of the Match in a losing cause with eight kills, five blocks and one dig playing in her final CCAA match.
For the Mariners it’s their sixth CCAA bronze medal in school history and 17th national medal.
MATCH 13/GOLD MEDAL MATCH: Lakeland Rustlers 3, Camosun Chargers 1
The Lakeland Rustlers are CCAA gold medalists for the first time in school history after a four set victory over the Camosun Chargers on Saturday night; 25-20, 25-20, 17-25 and 26-24.
The Rustlers used tremendous defence and a strong middle attack to secure the exciting win. Defensively they recorded nine blocks led by the four from Alyssa Grondin and three from Chelsea Steinley.
Offensively Ahnika Kuse and Shelby Becker led the charge with 11 kills each. Avery Maginel was named the Player of the Match with five kills, six digs and one block.
The Chargers found new life after the third set victory and had opportunities to push to a fifth and final set, but the Rustlers defence stood tall. Katie Fetting led the offensive attack with a match high 16 kills and Player of the Match Michelle Zygmunt tallied 15 kills, three aces and 14 digs.
The silver medal is the Chargers’ best finish in school history at the CCAA national championship.
Following the gold medal match the Championship All-Stars and MVP were named.
CCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
GOLD Lakeland Rustlers, ACAC
SILVER Camosun College, PACWEST
BRONZE VIU Mariners, PACWEST
Championship Fair Play Award
CCAA Championship Most Valuable Player
Michelle Zygmunt, Camosun
First Team All-Stars
First Team All-Stars
Mikayla Wagner – VIU Mariners
Megan Koch – GPRC Wolves
Michelle Gauthier – GPRC Wolves
Katie Fetting – Camosun Chargers
Shelby Becker – Lakeland Rustlers
Ahnika Kuse – Lakeland Rustlers
Second Team All-Stars
Christina Day – MSVU Mystics
Maude Babin – Lynx d’Edouard Montpetit
Megan Rosenlund – VIU Mariners
Rae Siguadson – Lakeland Rustlers
Alyssa Grondin – Lakeland Rustlers
Clemence Glorieux – Cavaliers de Bois-de-Boulogne