WVB Provincial Championship Preview

WVB Provincial Championship Preview

A closer look at the final six teams that open the Provincial Championship tournament on Thursday.

#1 VIU Mariners

The VIU Mariners are headed back to the Provincial championship as the #1 seed for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.  That season they finished 22-2 and didn’t lose a set in the tournament claiming the gold medal and punching their ticket to the national championship.  They are hoping history repeats itself.

PACWEST Record:  20-4
Sets - 63-24
Home – 10-2, Road - 10-2

Players to Watch:

Tylar Turnbull – A complete athlete Tylar can get the Mariners points and take points away from the opposition.  She has tallied 310 total offensive points, has banged out 206 kills and 28 services aces.  She is also the Conference leading blocker with an astounding 76 blocks in 80 sets.

Mikayla Wagner – She leads the Mariners with 211 kills and has collected 259 total offensive points, making her a deadly combination with Tylar Turnball.

Megan Rosenlund – Another Mariners threat with 203 kills and 235 total offensive points.  She also has very good court awareness collecting 195 digs.

Longest Conference winning streak – 13 straight matches from October 30 – January 15.  In this stretch the Mariners were only pushed to five sets once.

Last FIVE playoff Matches:
2015 – CCAA Bronze semi-final – Loss – 3-2 Camosun Chargers
2015 – CCAA Championship semi-final – Loss – 3-2 FX Garneau
2015 – CCAA Quarterfinals – Win – 3-0 – MSVU
2015 – PACWEST Gold Medal Game – Win – 3-2 Camosun Chargers
2015 – PACWEST semi-final – Win – 3-2 Capilano Blues

2015-2016 Record at Columbia Bible College (site of the Provincial championships):
January 8th – 3-0
January 7th – 3-0

#2 Capilano Blues

The Capilano Blues are back in the Provincial championship after a disappointing early exit last season in the semi-final.  The veteran Blues’ athletes are hungry and want to add to their Provincial silver medal just two years ago.

PACWEST Record: 15-9
Sets: 52-40
Home – 11-1, Road – 4-8

Players to Watch:

Kira Sutcliffe – The most dangerous weapon for the Blues offence, as she tallied 282 kills and leads the PACWEST with 354 total offensive points.  On the other side of the net Sutcliffe can hurt the opposition as well with 44 blocks.

Alexis Sebok – The Surrey native has been a force during the regular season and creates an outstanding 1-2 with Kira Sutcliffe.  Sebok tallied 202 kills and 250 total offensive points.  She can hurt teams at the net, but can also hurt you form the baseline collecting 33 service aces.  On the defensive side she has been one of the Blues’ best diggers recording 216 on the campaign.

Mika Chow – She is a defensive specialist, always finding the right position to be in.  She recorded 333 this season, the second most across the entire PACWEST.

Longest Conference winning streak – winners of six straight to conclude the regular season.  The Blues are one of the hottest teams coming into the Provincial championship, not losing in the month of February.

Last FIVE playoff Matches:
2015 – PACWEST Semi-Final – Loss – 3-2 VIU Mariners
2014 – CCAA Bronze Semi-Final – Loss – 3-0 FX Garneau
2014 – CCAA Quarterfinal – Loss – 3-2 – Red Deer
2014 – PACWEST Gold Medal Match – Loss – 3-0 VIU Mariners
2014 – PACWEST Semi-Final – Win – 3-0 UFV Cascades

2015-2016 Record at Columbia Bible College (site of the Provincial championships):
February 12 – 3-0
February 13 – 3-0

#3 Camosun Chargers

The Camosun Chargers are back in the Provincial championship tournament following their double medals last season.   In 2015 the Chargers won a PACWEST silver, then finished with a national bronze medal.  For the Charger veterans, there is only one colour of medal they want in 2016; gold.

PACWEST Record: 13-11
Sets: 49-44
Home – 10-2, Road – 3-9

Players to Watch:

Michelle Zygmunt – A former Cascade Zygmunt has been the PACWEST’s best offensive player in 2015-2016 collecting 290 kills and has recorded 342 total offensive points.  She has also been solid from the service line with 44 aces.  Defensively she finds herself in the right position collecting 185 digs on the backside.

Kathryn Fetting – She has been an outstanding compliment to Zygmunt collecting 191 kills and 235 total offensive points.

Mychaela Roelants – A leader as the libero she has controlled the back court for the Chargers and has recorded 256 digs, which is a team high.  She will be relied upon heavily if the Chargers want to have a long run in the post season.

Longest Conference winning streak – five straight matches from October 31 – November 14, all but one was a victory on their home floor.

Last FIVE playoff Matches:
2015 – CCAA Bronze Medal  Game – Win - 3-1 Humber College
2015 – CCAA Bronze Semi-Final – Win - 3-2 VIU Mariners
2015 – CCAA Quarterfinals – Win - 3-1 Grande Prairie
2015 – PACWEST Gold Medal Game – Loss – 3-2 VIU Mariners
2015 – PACWEST Semi-Final – Win – 3-1 COTR Avalanche

2015-2016 Record at Columbia Bible College (site of the Provincial championships):
October 30 – 2-3
October 31 – 3-1

#4 Douglas Royals
The Douglas Royals are back in the Provincial championships are will look to win their first playoff SET for the first time since 2008.  They are seeded fourth, higher than any of their previous seeding.  They finished winning four of their final six matches including sweeping the UFV Cascades, their quarterfinal opponents.

PACWEST Record: 12-12
Sets: 48-49
Home – 8-4, Road – 4-8

Players to Watch:

Juliana Penner – She has led the Royals offence throughout the season collecting 288 total offensive points and 233 kills.  She can also score on the service line with 38 aces.  She was named the Week 3 Athlete of the Week.

Autumn Davidson – She has been a force at the net for the Royals this season and will have to play large if the Royals want to advance in the tournament.  During the regular campaign she amassed 42 blocks.

Darby Dunn – She started to pick up her play with the season winding down and should be ready for a strong tournament.  She recorded 191 kills and 277 total offensive points, the second most on her club.  On the service line she led the Conference with 59 aces.

Longest Conference winning streak – five straight matches from February 5 – 19 heading into the Provincial tournament.

Last FIVE playoff Matches:
2015 – PACWEST Quarterfinals – Loss – 3-0 VIU Mariners
2014 – PACWEST Quarterfinals – Loss – 3-0 Capilano Blues
2013 – PACWEST Quarterfinals – Loss – 3-0 CBC Bearcats
2012 – PACWEST Quarterfinals – Loss – 3-0 Capilano Blues
2009 – PACWEST Quarterfinals – Loss – 3-0 VIU Mariners

2015-2016 Record at Columbia Bible College (site of the Provincial championships):
November 27 – 0-3
November 28 – 3-1

#5 UFV Cascades

Just two seasons removed from winning the 2013 Provincial gold medal the Cascades are striving to repeat history here in 2016 as the #5 seed.  Back in 2013 they were the #1 seed.

PACWEST Record: 9-15
Sets: 41-55
Home – 6-6, Road – 3-9

Players to Watch:

Kelly Robertson – She lead the Cascades offensively with 192 kills and 215 total offensive points.  She has also been very good getting herself positioned to dig a ball. As a matter fact she has 226 digs this season.

Nicole Blandford – The offence runs through the fifth year senior and starting setter.  She has also been very good on the service line, leading the Cascades with 50 aces.  She was named the Week 9 Athlete of the Week.

Rachel Funk – She will need to play an important role if the Cascades want to move forward.  She had 176 kills this season to compliment her 204 digs.

Longest Conference winning streak – three straight matches from January 16 – January 31.

Last FIVE playoff Matches:
2015 – PACWEST Quarterfinal – Loss – 3-2 COTR Avalanche
2014 – PACWEST Semi-Final – Loss – 3-0 Capilano Blues
2013 – CCAA Gold Medal Match – Win – 3-0 Lakeland College
2013 – CCAA Championship Semi-Final – Win – 3-1 College Francois-Xavier-Garneau
2013 – CCAA Quarterfinal – Win – 3-1 MSVU

2015-2016 Record at Columbia Bible College (site of the Provincial championships):
February 18 – 3-1
October 16 – 3-2

#6 – COTR Avalanche

The COTR Avalanche are in the post season for the second consecutive year.  Last season they finished 1-1 in the Provincial tournament after an upset win in the quarterfinal to advance to the semi.

PACWEST Record: 9-15
Sets – 41-53
Home – 7-5, Road – 2-10

Players to Watch:

Kelsey Thompson – During the regular season she was the “go-to” offensive threat for the Avs.  She finished the regular season in the PACWEST Top 3 with 277 kills and 310 offensive points.  She was named the Athlete of the Week in Week 8 after 23 kills, 26 digs and a pair of blocks in a sweep of Capilano.

Alexa Koshman – She has outstanding court presence always knowing where to be leading the PACWEST with 355 digs.

Kennedy Koop – She was by far the best Avalanche at the net during the regular season.  She recorded 70 blocks, second most in the PACWEST

Longest Conference winning streak – four straight matches stretching from November 29 – January 15.  During this time they lost just two sets.

Last TWO playoff Matches:
2015 – PACWEST semi-final – Loss – 3-1 Camosun Chargers
2015 – PACWEST Quarterfinal – Win – 3-2 UFV Cascades

2015-2016 Record at Columbia Bible College (site of the Provincial championships):
January 28th – 0-3
January 29th – 3-0

**Individual stats do not include the final weekend of the regular season