Dalhousie wins AUS women's volleyball championship
The top seeded Dalhousie Tigers put a final stamp on a dominant season, defeating the second seeded Saint Mary's Huskies in straight sets Sunday to win the 2013 Subway AUS Women's Volleyball Championship in St. John's, NL.
The Tigers, undefeated against AUS competition all season long, were in control of the match from start to finish. The set scores were 25-15, 25-12, and 25-13.
Dalhousie outside hitter Louise Facca (Aurora, ON) continued her exceptional post-season play with a match-high 12 kills. Her performance earned her Subway player of the game honours in her final varsity game. Second year middle Maggie Li (Charlottetown, PE) added 8 kills in the win.
AUS MVP Ariel Smith (Yarmouth, NS) led Saint Mary's with 8 kills. Shelby Michaels (Mill Bay, BC) and Anastasia Callaghan (Truro, NS) each had 10 digs in the loss.
Dalhousie's last AUS championship was in 2004-05. It was the first championship for AUS coach of the year Rick Scott.
The championship all-star team was:
- Véronique Carroll, Moncton (4th year – Moncton, NB)
- Laura Carmanico, Memorial (4th year – Stittsville, ON)
- Shelby Michaels, Saint Mary's (2nd year – Mill Bay, BC)
- Jane Pegg, Saint Mary's (4th year, Weyburn, Sask.)
- Louise Facca, Dalhousie (5th year, Aurora, ON).
Dalhousie's Maggie Li was awarded the championship MVP.
Dalhousie has earned the right to represent Atlantic Canada at the CIS Championship February 28 to March 2 at the University of Sherbrooke.
Saint Mary's 3 Memorial 1 (16-25, 25-16, 31-29, 25-22) Semi-final 2 (boxscore)
In a well-played, entertaining match the second seed Saint Mary's Huskies outlasted the host Memorial Sea-Hawks to earn their place in the 2013 Subway AUS Women's Volleyball Championship title game.
The Sea-Hawks came out on a 6-1 run and carried the momentum through the first set, earning a 25-16 victory.
In the early going of the second set the Huskies and Sea-Hawks played evenly with the set tied 12-12 midway through. However, the Huskies went on a seven-point run to put them in control of the set 19-12. They went on to win the set 25-16 to even the match at 1-1.
The third set was the turning point of the match as Saint Mary's outlasted the Sea-Hawks in a back and forth 31-29 barnburner that kept the fans on the edge of their seats. The Huskies came back from down 18-13 to draw even at 24. Each team had three opportunities at set point but it was a Olivia Henderson (Whitby, ON) touch that would end it 31-29 to put SMU up 2-1.
In the fourth set Memorial senior Chantel Jones (Thunder Bay , ON) would come up with a big kill to make it 22-20 for Saint Mary's but the Huskies would hold on to come away with a 25-22 set win to take the match 3-1 and advance to Sunday's championship final.
Second year left side Shelby Michaels (Mill Bay, BC) led Saint Mary's with 17 kills and 20 digs in the win. The Subway player of the game for the winners was AUS libero of the year Anastasia Callaghan (Truro, NS). Callaghan had 18 digs in the win.
Fourth year left side Samantha March (Bay Roberts, NL) had 10 kills and 19 digs while Laura Carmanico (Stittsville, ON) had a team-high 13 kills in the loss. The Subway player of the game for Memorial was Jones, who had 6 kills and got in on 7 blocks (1 solo, 6 assisted) in the loss.
The Memorial fans gave the Sea-Hawks a big standing ovation for their effort after the match with the team reciprocating the applause in thanks for the support of the community during the season.
The Huskies advance to the championship final on Sunday where they will have the opportunity to repeat as conference champions. Game time is 2 p.m. at Memorial University. The game will be available via webcast at www.AUStv.ca
Dalhousie 3 StFX 0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-17) Semi-final 1 (Boxscore)
The Dalhousie Tigers defeated the StFX X-Women in straight sets on Saturday afternoon to earn a trip to Sunday's Subway AUS championship game. Set scores were 26-24, 25-10, 25-17.
Senior outside hitter Louise Facca (Aurora, ON) led the Dalhousie attack with 15 kills in the win while rookie Maggie Li (Charlottetown, PE) and Tara Gowan (Sydney, NS) added 9 apiece. Li was dominant at the net with 1 solo block and 7 assisted blocks. She was named the Subway Player of the Game for her effort. Setter Hilary Sears (Truro, NS) had 37 assists to go with ten digs for the Tigers.
StFX was led by senior Catherine Thornton (Kobe, Japan), The AUS first team all-star outside hitter had 11 kills and 11 digs in the loss. Libero Maria Dunphy, an AUS second team all-star, was the Subway Player of the Game with 17 digs in the loss.
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.
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.