The women’s top four team’s in the conference took the court at Red River College on Saturday to fight for their spot in the championship game.
All photos were taken by Lindsay Rowan.
#2 Red River College Rebels #3 Canadian Mennonite University Blazers
The Blazers began capitalizing on the Rebels misplays in the middle of the set taking an early 12-8 lead. Rebels coach of the year Dan McGregor took back to back timeouts hoping to correct course and sparked a small run from the team bringing the game within two. It remained close since then, but the Blazers finished it off winning the set 25-21.
Both teams traded five-point runs at the beginning of the second until a massive kill from Goodwin down the middle caused a Blazer timeout down 10-6. The Rebels really started to hit their stride midway through the set riding a streak of nice serves from Sara Meisner and some amazing hustle plays from all positions. The Rebels fought off a late comeback and won the set 25-20.
Lead changes continued to be a trend as neither team could put together a string of points in the third. The Rebels found their way to the hardwood more often than not making ball-saving plays after kills from the Blazers hitters. The Blazers made the first big run late in the set and never looked back, taking it 25-18.
The Blazers didn’t take their first lead in the fourth set until 17-16. Goodwin hit a patented side-swipe spike and followed it up with an ace to tie it up at 20, but two quick points from the Blazers forced a late timeout from the Rebels bench. Tension filled the gym as both teams traded a couple points with the Blazers leading 24-22 coming out of their own timeout. After a missed block, the ball found the floor, and the Blazers secured the fourth and final set.
#1 Providence University College Pilots #4 Assiniboine Community College Cougars
The Cougars put up a big fight in the first set with multiple highlight players from their All-Conference tandem, but the entirety of the Pilots deemed too strong taking it 25-18.
The cats clawed their way to four straight points to start the second before the crowd fell silent Cougars second-year middle, Brittany Krahn, went down at the net with a non-contact knee injury. Despite the Cougars’ relentlessness, the Pilots started to find their stride midway through the set with a few big hits from their front line and finished off another set 25-18.
Pilots’ conference co-MVP Shayne Staerk wasn’t letting anything past her in the back row all game, and despite some huge hits from Cougars Erica Scott, the Pilots defence remained the difference maker finishing the final set with a double-digit 25-15 lead.
The Pilots will move on to played the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers in the championship final at 1:00PM.