Capers vol­ley­ballers ousted

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

HAL­I­FAX — The Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Capers bat­tled in a see-saw match, but ended up on the los­ing end of a 3-2 de­ci­sion to the Uni­ver­sity of New Brunswick Var­sity Reds at the 2010 Sub­way At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport Women’s Volleyball Cham­pi­onship at Saint Mary’s, Fri­day.

Cape Bre­ton dropped the first set to UNB by a 25-22 score, re­bounded with a 25-23 win, then lost 25-19 in the third set, won the fourth 25-21 and then were up­ended in the fourth and fi­nal set by a 15-7 score.

“It’s not the way to end our sea­son, but I’m re­ally proud of our play­ers, we played a re­ally, re­ally high-level match and played a high-cal­i­bre match through­out,” said Capers head coach Claude Lapré. “ The fourth set is prob­a­bly the most ex­cit­ing set we’ve been part of in the AUS.”

Barb Vriends led the Var­sity Reds’ of­fence with 14 kills. Jil­lan Blan­chard posted 13, Tanya Paulin had 11 and Emma Hunt added 10. On de­fence, Me­gan Dudeck posted 17 digs, Hunt recorded 15 and Blan­chard chipped in 14.

Vanessa St. Ge­orges, player of the match for the Capers, recorded 14 kills in the loss, while Hi­lary Cum­mings chipped in 13. Kris­ten Ryan led the team on de­fence with 17 digs, Cum­mings recorded 13 and Sam San­ders added 11.

“It’s a tough way to fin­ish the sea­son, but a nice match to be part of and hope­fully, we can pick it up from there next year and play at that level all the time,” said Lapré.

With the win, the Var­sity Reds now move on to play the St. Fran­cis Xavier X-Women at 4:30 p.m. in to­day’s first semi­fi­nal. The sec­ond will see the Aca­dia Ax­e­women against the Saint Mary’s Huskies at 7 p.m., af­ter Aca­dia downed Dal­housie 3-0 in Fri­day’s first quar­ter-fi­nal con­test.

The semi­fi­nal win­ners will meet in the cham­pi­onship Sun­day at 2 p.m.

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