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Holland College Hurricanes middle Meg MacKinnon, right, stuffs Elans du Garneau’s Myriam Desbiens Thursday during the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women’s volleyball championship in Charlottetown.
Holland College loses 3-0 to top-seeded Garneau
If you think think the Elans de Garneau's straight-set victory over the Holland College Hurricanes on Thursday in Charlottetown was a cakewalk, then you'd be wrong.
A determined Holland College squad scratched and scrapped its way through three tough sets, eventually losing 17-25, 23-25 and 18-25, to Garneau, the nation's No. 1 women's collegiate volleyball team and the top seed in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women's championship this week at Holland College.
For 'Canes captain Sydney Foy, the eighth-ranked 'Canes missed by a hair or two in pulling off the upset or at least pushing the Elans to the edge.
But, she said, the game showed Holland College is no slouch against the best collegiate teams in Canada.
"We can (compete). I think it was mostly all the pressure, nerves, but I know it will help us. Yes, definitely, I can say yes," said Foy, named the Holland College player of the game. "We'd miss a shot and then we'd keep missing. When we can get on a roll, we can be hard to beat."
Maud Chapleau, CCAA player of the year and Garneau's player of the game, led Garneau with a match-high 11 kills, while Noemie Daigneault followed with 10 kills. Lydia Pepin-Chevalie led all players with 12 digs.
Each set had a moment the 'Canes needed to exploit, but couldn't.
The most glaring came in the second frame where Holland College was down 9-2, but clawed back and tied the game 23-23.
Garneau then fought off a Gracie Ferguson serve for a score and on its next offering by Anne-Sophie Tanguay forced the 'Canes to push a kill attempt wide for the set-deciding point.
Garneau moved into the semifinals and plays fourth-ranked College Of The Rockies Avalanche tonight at 8 p.m.
Not all is lost for the 'Canes, however.
Holland College has a shot at a bronze medal, but it must win its matchup today against the King's Eagles at 3 p.m.
If Holland College wins, it plays one of the two semifinal losers on Saturday, at 10 a.m., for a berth in the bronze medal game later at 6 p.m.
And a bit of bronze is Foy and company's target now.
"We'll have a chat after the game and I'll say leave it all behind now that we have the nerves out. We know the competition, we know what to expect, we know we can compete. It was just an unfortunate game."
Foy paced the 'Canes with 10 kills and 10 digs, while Olivia Dolphin had nine. Dana Trainor chipped in 10 digs.
Humber 3 Mount Saint Vincent 0
The Humber Hawks have advanced to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball championship.
It wasn't easy for the second-seeded Hawks, who defeated the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association champion Mount Saint Vincent Mystics 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-21) Thursday at Holland College.
The Hawks player of the game was Deborah Mitchell, who led the squad with 12 digs. The Mystics player of the game was Maggie Birney, who had five kills to go along with one ace.
Vancouver Island University 3, Briercrest 2
The Vancouver Island University Mariners won a five-set thriller to upset the third-ranked Briercrest Clippers.
The Mariners won 3-2 (25-27, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 15-9).
Chantal Cummings, who had two kills and six digs to go along with an ace, was the Mariners player of the game. Taking home the honour for Briercrest was Sam Zacharias, who racked up a team-leading 21 kills and 16 digs.
College Of The Rockies 3, King's 0
The King’s University Eagles beat the College of the Rockies Avalanche 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-18).
Jocelyn Van Ryk, who had seven kills to go along with three aces, was the Eagles player of the game. For the Avalanche, the honour went to Kelsey Thompson, who had four kills and five digs.
A look at the Holland College-GarneaugameThursday at the CCAA women's volleyball championship in Charlottetown.
The Outcome - Garneau defeated Holland College 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18).
Kills - Garneau: Maud Chapleau, 11, Noemie Daigneault, 10, Anne-Sophie Tanguay, 8; Holland College: Sydney Foy, 10, Olivia Dolphin, 9, Emily Caldwell, 2.
Digs - Garneau: Lydia Pepin-Chevalie, 12, Allison Servant, 11, Maud Chapleau, 9. Holland College: Sydney Foy, 10, Dana Trainor, 10, Gracie Ferguson, Olivia Dolphin, 7.
Service Aces - Garneau: Marie-Pier Boulianne, Allison Servant, Samuelle Menard-Cast, 1; Holland College: Gracie Ferguson, Sydney Foy, Meg MacKinnon, Emily Caldwell, 1.
Service Errors - Garneau: Maud Chapleau, Allison Servant, 3; Holland College: Sydney Foy, Emily Caldwell, 3.
Blocks - Garneau: Anne-Sophie Tanguay, Noemie Daigneault, Allison Servant, 1; Holland College: Meg MacKinnon, 2, Emily Caldwell, Gracie Ferguson, Kendra Dawkins, 1.
Today's Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball championship schedule:
1 p.m. - Mount Saint Vincent Mystics vs. Briercrest Clippers.
3 p.m. - Holland College Hurricanes vs. King's Eagles.
6 p.m. - Humber Hawks vs. Vancouver Island University Mariners.
8 p.m. - Elans de Garneau vs. College Of The Rockies Avalanche.