Day One of the 2018 Belairdirect OCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships continued at the Athletic and Wellness Centre as it was an East-West showdown between the top-seeded Loyalist Lancers of the OCAA East and the fourth-seeded Sheridan Bruins from the OCAA West.
Loyalist finished with a 16-2 record during the regular season and defeated the Cambrian Golden Knights in their crossover matchup in straight sets (28-26, 25-19, 25-17). Sheridan faced off against the Seneca Sting in their crossover match and beat them in four sets (25-17, 26-28, 25-20, 25-9)
Another game, and in terms of the seeding, another upset. The Bruins dispatched the Lancers in four sets (25-17, 16-25, 25-23, 26-24) to advance to tomorrow’s semi-final matchup at 6:00 pm against the Niagara Knights. Both Niagara and Sheridan finished with an 11-7 record.
Loyalist will play the Fanshawe Falcons in the consolation round tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.
Joelle Parnham led all players with 36 assists and was named Player of the Game for the Bruins while Tamia Cooper-Evelyn led Sheridan with 14 points on 12 kills and Sydney Romans had a game-high 14 digs. Katelyn Long finished with a game-high five aces and three blocks.
Sara Piana Yafu led all scorers with 15 points on 13 kills for the Lancers and was named Player of the Game for the team.
Sheridan was dominant in that first set as they went on an 18-8 run and never looked back, eventually taking the first set, 25-17. In the second set, however, the Lancers returned the favour in the second set, scoring the first four points en route to a 25-16 second set win.
Loyalist seemed to take control early in the third set as they took a 12-8 lead but Sheridan went on an 8-2 run to take a 16-14 lead. Both teams then traded barbs as the set was tied at 23 but a kill from Cooper-Evelyn and a block from Long gave the Bruins the third set by a score of 25-23.
Sheridan started off strong as they scored four in a row to take a 6-2 lead but Loyalist chipped away at the lead and tied the set at 21 after a kill from Yafu. The set was tied at 24 after both teams split the next six points but consecutive errors from Loyalist ended the match as the Bruins took the fourth set, 26-24.