UBC, Alberta rematch in women’s final

 SHERBROOKE, Que. (CIS) – The UBC Thunderbirds and the Trinity Western Spartans gave a great show in the first semifinal of the CIS women’s volleyball championship, Friday night, at the Université de Sherbrooke Sports Complex. The Thunderbirds finally booked their tickets to the national final when they took down the Spartans in four sets (22-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-23).

The Spartans had a good start, winning the first set 25-22 against the reigning five-time CIS champions. Coach Doug Reimer’s players didn’t waste time to come back in force, dominating the second and the third sets 25-14 and 25-20. However, in the last set, the Spartans showed to the T-Birds that the path to the final would not be easy in a hard-fought last set. But UBC scored the most significant points at the end of the set winning it 25-20.

UBC’s solid performance was led by its three star players Lisa Barclay (10 kills), Rosie Schlagintweit (9 kills) and Shanice Marcelle (9 kills). Amber Brown (12 kills) and Amy Ott (10 kills) were the most dominant players for the Spartans.

In the other semi, the No. 7 Alberta Pandas beat the No. 3 Ottawa Gee-Gees in five sets of 17-25, 25-20, 25-11, 23-25 and 15-12 to advance to the CIS women’s volleyball championship match for the second consecutive year.

The result sets up a gold-medal rematch between Alberta and the UBC Thunderbirds, Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. In the 2012 national final against the T-Birds, the Pandas let a two sets to one lead slip away en route to a 3-2 loss.

The final is at 4 p.m. on http://www.cis-sic.tv/