March 21st, 2019

U Sports Roundup: T-Birds knock off top-ranked team in women’s volleyball

By The Canadian Press on March 15, 2019.

EDMONTON – The top-seeded Trinity Western Spartans have made an early exit at the U Sports women’s volleyball championship.

The No. 8 UBC Thunderbirds edged their provincial rivals 3-2 (25-23, 27-25, 23-25, 23-25, 26-24) in the opening quarterfinal of the event on Friday.

National player of the year Kiera Van Ryk led the Thunderbirds with 32 kills, while Victoria Behie and Tessa Davis had 12 apiece.

Hilary Howe led the Spartans with 18 kills.

UBC will face the winner of a match between Montreal and Dalhousie in the semifinals.

Alberta faces Toronto and Ryerson battles Calgary in the other quarterfinals.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

CHARLOTTETOWN – Alexandra Poznikoff scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Alberta Pandas edged the Toronto Varsity Blues 3-2 on Friday in quarterfinal action at the U Sports women’s hockey championship on Friday.

Taylor Kezama also scored for the Pandas.

Lauren Straatman and Taylor Trussler scored for Toronto.

Kirsten Chamberlin made 10 saves for Alberta, while Erica Fryer stopped 13 shots for Toronto.

Alberta will meet the winner of Friday’s late quarterfinal between McGill and St. Thomas in Saturday’s semifinals.

Guelph will take on Montreal in the other semifinal.

MEN’S HOCKEY

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The No. 2 New Brunswick Varsity Reds trimmed the No. 7 Carleton Ravens 2-1 in quarterfinal play at the U Sports men’s hockey championship on Friday.

Tyler Boland and Matt Boudens scored for the Varsity Reds, while Matthew Forchuk replied for the Ravens.

New Brunswick will face the winner of the final quarterfinal between Queen’s and St. Francis Xavier.

Saskatchewan and Alberta will square off in Saturday’s other semifinal.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

QUEBEC CITY – The top-seeded Brandon Bobcats cruised to a 3-0 win (25-17, 25-20, 25-23) over the No. 8 Montreal Carabins in the opening quarterfinal of the U Sports men’s volleyball championship on Friday.

Robin Baghdady led the offence for the Bobcats with 11 kills, a hitting percentage of .400 and five digs. Setter Gabriel Chancy was the player of the match for Montreal with 32 of his team’s 34 assists.

“It was a see-saw battle at times, but our guys stuck with it and stayed calm when things weren’t going our way and found a way put us over the top,” said Brandon head coach Grant Wilson. “Our goal is to be better every time we step on the floor and if you look at the potential opponents down the road, we’re going to need to be better.”

Brandon will face Alberta in a semifinal after the No. 5 Golden Bears beat the No. 4 Mount Royal Cougars 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-23).

Taryq Sani had 18 kills to lead Alberta, while Tyler Schmidt had 11 for Mount Royal.

The other quarterfinals feature McMaster against Trinity Western and Queen’s against Laval.

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