AUS women's volleyball quarterfinal recaps
The opening night of the 2013 Subway AUS Women's Volleyball Championship showcased the level of talent in women's volleyball in Atlantic Canada. Both quarterfinal matches went the distance as the St. FX and the host Memorial Sea-Hawks advanced to Saturday's AUS semi-final match with five set wins. Dalhousie awaits St. FX in the first semi-final tomorrow at 4:30pm. Memorial will take on Saint Mary's in the second semi-final at 6:30pm.
Memorial 3 Moncton 2 (Quarterfinal 2 boxscore)
The sixth seeded Memorial Sea-Hawks upset the third seed Moncton Aigles Bleues in the second quarterfinal match of the 2013 Subway AUS Women's Volleyball Championship.
The Sea-Hawks opened the first set on a 6-2 run capped off by a Laura Carmanico (Stittsville ON) kill. Moncton would not get back within four points with the Sea-Hawks taking the first set 25-17.
In the second set Memorial looked to have the upper hand as an Angela Peddle (St. John's NL) kill made it 18-15, forcing Moncton head coach Monette Boudreau-Carroll to call a timeout. The timeout seemed to refocus the Aigles Bleues with Stephanie Lagace (Bathurst, NB) putting away big kills to give Moncton the advantage. Moncton would secure the set 25-21 as a Memorial attack by Sam March (Bay Roberts, NL) just went out past the endline.
Moncton would keep the momentum, going ahead 7-3 early in the third set. The presence of middles Rachelle Lemoine (Winnipeg, MB) and Genevieve LeMay (Ottawa, ON) gave the Sea-Hawks trouble at the net and Moncton wouldn't relinquish the lead in the set again, going on to win 25-20 to make it 2-1 for Moncton.
The fourth set was back and forth with no team leading by more than three the whole set. With Memorial up 24-23 it was the Memorial's middles, Chantel Jones (Thunder Bay ON) and Peddle who would make an impact, forcing a Moncton error to give Memorial the set 25-23 to draw the match even at 2-2.
In the fifth set the vocal home crowd got behind the Sea-Hawks and it seemed to give them a boost as they opened the set going ahead 5-1. Crissy Roy (Bathurst, NB) led Moncton back with key attacks as the Aigle Bleues took four consecutive points to again draw even. The Sea-Hawks went ahead 14-10 and on match point Sam March made an athletic dig to setter Hayley Bremner (Calgary, AB) who set a perfect ball to Lauren Miller (Oromocto, NB) who put away the kill for the win.
Carmanico was the Subway Player of the Game for Memorial with 14 kills and 17 digs. March added 15 kills and 13 digs.
Setter Veronique Carroll was the Subway Player of the Game for Moncton. Carroll had 32 assists and 9 digs. Roy, in her final university match, had a team-high 12 kills.
With the win the Sea-Hawks advanced to Saturday's AUS semi-finals with the win. They will play Saint Mary's at 6:30 at the Field House in St. John's with the match being webcast live on www.AUStv.ca
St. FX 3 UNB 2 (Quarterfinal 1 boxscore)
In the opening match of the 2013 Subway AUS Women's Volleyball Championship the fourth seed St. FX X-Women held on to defeat the third seed UNB Varsity Reds 3-2.
The X-Women jumped out to an early 2-0 lead despite the Varsity Reds keeping it very close. The first set was 26-24 and the second set was 25-23 with St. FX just edging out UNB.
Aneta Nejmanova (Prague, Czech Republic), fresh off an AUS second team all-star selection, was a catalyst for the St. FX attack in early going, coming up with timely kills to keep the X-Women out in front.
In the third the momentum shifted in favour of UNB. The Varsity Reds used a balanced attack to mount the comeback attempt. AUS all-rookie Paige Nelmes (Poole, UK) was all over the court, coming up with big kills and rally-saving digs to give UNB the edge. The Varsity Reds took the third set 27-25 before coming all the way back to draw it even at 2-2 with a 25-21 win.
In the fifth and deciding set StFX went ahead 9-4 but UNB showed their mettle by once again coming back with a big Rebecca Glancy (Toronto, ON) block making it 10-10. St. FX would make it 13-11 on a Nejmanova kill. The X-Women would hold onto the lead with Nejmanova putting a final stamp with a kill on match point.
Nejmanova finished the match with a team-high 16 kills in the win. AUS first team all-star Catherine Thornton (Kobe, Japan) added 13 kills. The StFX defense was outstanding with the team combining for 109 digs in the win. Libero Maria Dunphy (Antigonish, NS) had a match-high 30 digs.
Nelmes, a rookie left side, had 16 kills and 26 digs to lead UNB. Glancy added 14 kills. Setter Paige Paulsen (Keswick Ridge, NB) had 63 assists in the loss.
StFX will advance to compete against the top seeded Dalhousie Tigers in tomorrow's AUS first semi-final match. Game time is 4:30pm at the Field House in St. John's. The game will be available via webcast at www.austv.ca