UBC completes perfect season to win CIS Nationals
EDMONTON - The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds made CIS women’s volleyball history Sunday defeating the Manitoba Bisons 25-17, 19-25, 25-16, 25-22 to become the fifth team to claim three straight national titles and tied the all-time mark of seven CIS banners.
The T-Birds end the season with a perfect 27-0 overall record versus CIS opponents and join Alberta and Winnipeg for most titles in history.
Fifth-year UBC outside hitter Liz Cordonier completed a great career with tournament MVP honours, three days after being named the CIS player of the year. The Vancouver native had 13 kills and 10 digs in her final university outing.
“It’s the best way to wrap up a career ever,” she said.
“I think the play of our power hitters was a difference maker today, that was the best 1-2 punch we’ve had all weekend,” added UBC head coach Doug Reimer, the CIS coach of the year.
Shanice Marcelle, a sophomore outside hitter from Victoria, was named MVP of the championship final after she tallied a match-high 15 kills.
Manitoba,returning to the gold-medal final for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002, was led by first-team all-Canadian Ashley Voth with 13 kills and11 digs. She was also selected as a championship all-star.
“Obviously we’re very disappointed, especially since we feel we left some opportunities on the floor, and that’s what hurts,” said Manitoba coach Ken Bentley.
Laval defeated Alberta in four sets for the bronze while Regina took Toronto in straight sets for fifth spot.
University of Alberta wins Canada West men’s volleyball title
The University of Alberta Golden Bears squandered a two set lead but recovered to defeat the Trinity Western Spartans 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 15-9 to win the Canada West conference men’s volleyball title for the third consecutive year.
Five Bears finished in double figures in kills, with Spencer Leiske leading the way with 15. Thomas Jarmoc and Jason DeRocco had 14 and 13, respectively. Steven Marshall was the offensive star for the Spartans with a game-high 22 kills.
The University of Calgary defeated Thompson Rivers University in straight sets for the bronze.
All four Canada West squads advance to next weeks CIS nationals in Kamloops, B.C., the home court for Thompson Rivers. Université Laval heads to the tournament seeded number-one after a perfect 20-0 record in Quebec conference regular season and playoff play.
The Atlantic champions Dalhousie Tigers, Ontario champions Queen’s Gaels and Montreal Carabins are the other teams at the nationals which get underway Friday. More information: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mvball/2009-10/releases/20100307-seeding