This one was Laval’s game right off of the start, as the Rouge et Or dominated early, until the Heat found their legs. In the second consolation semi final of the day, the UBC Okanagan Heat and Laval Rouge et Or battled in a loud PEPS gymnasium (Quebec City, QC) for a ticket to the 5th place game tomorrow against the Montreal Carabins.
Set 1: 25- 16 Laval
Set 2: 25-17 UBC Okanagan
Set 3: 27-25 Laval
Set 4: 25-20 Laval
The first set, Laval came out swinging hard, early, and often. Using their full arsenal of weapons, they were able to find holes in the Heat blocking and the floor on a lot of their points. Winning the set easily 25-16.
After her 18 kill performance last night against the Ryerson Rams, UBC Okanagan middle Aidan Lea was kept to just 2 kills in the opening set, allowing the Rouge et Or to mount a big offensive push.
Second set saw a different heat team coming out to play, and led by Lea they tied things up by taking it 25-17, dominating the whole way.
A third and emotional set, saw the teams trading leads, and mounting runs, eventually leading to the set needing extra points to decide it. In the end, a big solo block, followed by a couple of big service aces by second year setter Emie Gaboury, gave Laval the 27-25 win, putting them one set away from moving on to Sunday.
Fourth and final set, saw the Rouge et Or win a high pressure set 25-20. The final kill coming from third year Alice Cloutier.
UBC Okanagan was led by:
- Aidan Lea (13 kills, 4 total blocks)
- Sara McCreary (38 assists, 2 aces)
The Rouge et Or was led by:
- Alice Cloutier (16 kills, 11 digs)
- Emie Gaboury (6 aces, 34 assists)
- Jade Fortin (10 kills, 2 total blocks)
Laval now moves on to play the Montreal Carabins tomorrow morning, 11am EDT, in a rematch of the RSEQ finals where the Carabins took the three game series in two games (3-1, 3-1).
Photos courtesy: Alex D’Addese/ Canadian University Sports Network.