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UBC wins sixth straight women's volleyball title

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The Canadian Press
3/4/2013 11:48:25 PM
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SHERBROOKE, Que. -- The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds won their sixth consecutive Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's volleyball title Saturday after a 3-0 victory over the Alberta Golden Pandas in the championship game.

Set scores were 25-13, 25-23, 25-18 . With the win, UBC tied the CIS record for most consecutive women's volleyball championships, joining Winnipeg (1983-1988) and Alberta (1995-2000). The Thunderbirds finished the year on a 25 match winning streak.

The championship game was a rematch of last year's final, when UBC had to overcome a 2-1 deficit before edging the Pandas 15-12 in the fifth. The Thunderbirds made it clear from the start that they didn't want the 2013 title match to be that close and cruised to victory in just over an hour.

UBC's third-year outside hitter Lisa Barclay was named the championship tournament's most valuable player for the second straight year.

She was accompanied on the all-tournament team by teammates Shanice Marcelle and Brina Derksen-Bergen, two seniors who wrapped up their university career with a fifth gold medal.

Marcelle, who earlier this week was voted CIS player of the year for the second time in three seasons, earned her fifth straight selection as a CIS championship all-star.

Marcelle, who earlier this week was voted CIS player of the year for the second time in three

Barclay had a game-high 16 kills -- and 18.5 points - while committing only two attacking errors for a remarkable efficiency of .538. The six-foot-two junior also chipped in defensively with nine digs.

Marcelle had 11 kills, five digs and four blocks, while Jessica Von Shilling racked up 13.5 points on five service aces, three kills and three solo blocks en route to winning UBC game-MVP honours.

Krista Zubick was the most productive Panda in a losing cause with nine kills and 10.5 points.

Following a lopsided opening set during which the six-time champs maintained an attack efficiency of .542 as a team, Alberta rebounded with a much better effort in the second frame and was ahead 14-12 before seeing its Canada West rivals mount a comeback to take a commanding two-set lead.

The third set was never really in doubt as the UBC jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead and never looked back.

Earlier, the No. 4 Trinity Western Spartans captured a bronze medal with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 win over the No. 3 Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday afternoon.

Down a set, the OUA champion Gee-Gees lost star power hitter Karina Krueger Schwanke in the second set after she twisted her left knee.

The Spartans dominated in the third set en route to their second bronze medal in three years at the CIS Championship

Ottawa's fourth-place finish is the third best placing in the history of the women's volleyball program, after having obtained silver and bronze medals in the early 1980's.

Rounding out the all-tournament squad was Alberta's Jaki Ellis, Trinity Western teammates Amy Ott and Kelci French, as well as Krueger Schwanke.

UBC women's volleyball (Photo: Rich Lam)

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(Photo: Rich Lam)
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