MATCH 1: VIU Mariners 3, Cavaliers de Bois-de-Boulogne 0
The top seeded VIU Mariners picked up right where they left off in the PACWEST playoffs with a three-set victory over the Cavaliers Bois-de-Boulogne, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19 to open the CCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship.
“It feels nice to get it over with,” said Mariners head coach Shane Hyde. “It wasn’t the cleanest match, but it’s done. “We weren’t happy with how we played, there was alot of nervous energy on the court, we had hitters that were afraid to take big swings and had miscommunication in some of our defensive assignments. But in saying that we battled through those, it’s not out of the ordinary for that to happen in a 1-8 (seeds) game there’s a lot of pressure on the #1 seed.”
The Mariners got contributions from a number of different players including Mikayla Wagner who had a match high 11 kills and Megan Rosenlund chipped in with nine. Setter Chantel Cumming was named the Player of the Match as she was able to quarterback the offence to the sweep.
The top seed will move onto the semis to face the winner of the Lakeland Friday at 6 p.m. PT.
MATCH 2: Lakeland Rusters 3, MSVU Mystics 2
The ACAC champion Lakeland Rustlers are moving to the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship semi-final after an exciting five set victory over the MSVU Mystics.
After the Rustlers dominated the first set 25-14, they jumped out to a huge lead in the second, before the Mystics started to turn it on and battled back. With some timely defence they came all the way back to capture the second set 26-24.
The Mystics then used that momentum in the third set to win 25-22.
The roller coaster continued in the fourth as the Rustlers got back to basics and took over the match winning 25-15, setting up a sudden death fifth set.
The Rustlers again jumped out to a lead, before the Mystics tied it and took the lead. With the score 14-13, the Mystics couldn’t find the match point and opened the door for the Rustlers who came back and took the set 17-15, punching their ticket to the semis.
Shelby Becker was named Player of the Match with 10 kills and an incredible 21 digs.
On Friday, the Rustlers will face the VIU Mariners at 6 p.m., while the Mystics move to the bronze medal bracket and will face the Cavaliers Bois-de-Boulogne at 1 p.m. PT.
MATCH 3: GPRC Wolves 3, Lynx d’Edouard-Montpetit 1
The CCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship had its first upset after the sixth seeded GPRC Wolves snuck past the third seeded Lynx d’Edouard-Montpetit in four sets on Thursday night.
The Wolves took control with an exciting first set 27-25 victory, then followed up with a 25-19 win in the second behind timely hitting and defence.
The RSEQ champions got new life in the third set and battled hard to a 26-24 win forcing a fourth set.
The comeback wasn’t meant to be as the Wolves closed the door on the Lynx with a 25-13 fourth set win and punched their ticket to the gold medal side of the bracket. Libero Jamie Strauss was outstanding in the back court making 14 digs, keeping plays alive and was named the Player of the Match.
The Wolves will now face Camosun in the quarterfinal while the Lynx will face Humber. The Lynx libero Marianne Broussau was named their Player of the Match.
MATCH 4: Camosun Chargers 3, Humber Hawks 2
The Camosun Chargers played off the energy of a huge crowd on Thursday night to upset the second seeded Humber Hawks in five exciting sets at the CCAA Womens' Volleyball National Championship.
After the Hawks took the first set 25-19, the Chargers stormed back in the second, dominating with a 25-6 victory. They brought that momentum into the third set and took down the Hawks 25-17 behind clutch serving and powerful attacks.
The Hawks then bounced back in the fourth, playing disparate and held on for a 25-20 victory, setting up a fifth and deciding set.
With both teams coming out of the gate strong, the Hawks led 8-5 when the teams switched ends. However, service errors gave the Chargers new life and they made no mistake coming back to win 15-13 and punching their ticket to the gold medal side of the bracket. They will face the sixth seeded GPRC Wolves at 8 p.m. PT on Friday.
Michelle Zygmunt and Katie Fetting played outstanding, combining for 32 kills. Zygmunt added eight aces and was named the Player of the Match.
The Hawks will try and defend their bronze medal from a year ago and face the Lynx d’Edouard-Montpetit at 3 p.m. PT on Friday. Hawks’ captain Alley Newman was named the Player of the Match on the losing end.