National Champions !!

March 13th, 2016

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Gold Medal Match: VIU Mariners - 3 vs. Élans de Garneau - 1

The Vancouver Island University Mariners are 2016 Women's Volleyball National Champions after besting the top ranked Élans de Garneau in the finals. The Mariners defeated les Élans in four sets, in a tough fought match, to end the 2016 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship. 

VIU got off to a quick start in the first set, going up three early. Garneau battled back to close the gap briefly, but couldn’t hold the Mariners off for long and they took the set 25-18. The second set was back and forth for the entire set, with neither team being able to establish any kind of lead. It stayed like this until VIU gained a slim two-point lead and didn’t let it go, eventually winning the set 25-22. 

After dropping the first two, the top ranked team came out in the third set with energy and quickly jumped out to a quick lead. Their strong play continued throughout the set which they eventually took 25-20.

The fourth set was intense, with both teams trading points back and forth. Both teams struggled to gain a lead until the Mariners stepped it up, and started playing lockdown defense. Once the defense was set, there was no stopping VIU and they cruised to a 25-19 set win and the national title. 

Megan Rosenlund took home player of the game for the Mariners, with nine kills and four digs. Taking home the honour for les Élans was Anne-Sophie Tanguay, who had a game leading 20 kills.

The First Team All-Stars for the Tournament were: Samantha Zacharias (Briercrest), Thalia Hanniman (Humber), Megan Rosenlund (VIU), Anne-Sophie Tanguay (Garneau), Chantal Cummings (VIU) and Maud Chapleau (Garneau). 

The Second Team All-Stars were: Sydney Foy (Holland), Keri Alcorn (King’s), Alley Newman (Humber), Mikayla Wagner (VIU), Jocelyn Van Ryk (King’s) and Deborah Mitchell (Humber). 

The 2016 CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship Most Valuable Player award went to Tylar Turnbull from VIU.

Bronze Medal Match: Humber Hawks - 3 vs. Briercrest Clippers - 1

The Humber Hawks won bronze at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship after defeating the Briercrest Clippers three sets to one. 

Both teams came ready to play in the first set, but it was the Clippers who jumped out to an early lead. The Clippers held off a late surge from Humber and took the set 25-22. In the second set it was back and forth, with neither team being able to get the upper hand on one another. After a few costly misplays by Briercrest, the Hawks were able to pull away and win the set 25-23. 

The third set was similar to the seconduntil Humber began to pick up their game late and pull away with it, winning the set easily 25-17. The fourth set was the most closely contested of the match. The teams traded points all set, with neither of them being able to get on a roll. In a dramatic finish, Humber serviced an ace to win the set, match and bronze medal. 

Player of the game for Humber was Alexandra Newman, who had nine kills. For Briercrest, player of the game was Ashley Zacharias, who had four digs and a kill.