Box Score

Scheduled Game: Saint Mary's - CIS Fifth Place Match @ McMaster


SAINT MARY'S222521201


Game Date: 3/4/2012Location: Hamilton Ontario
Game Time: 11:00amAttendance: 0
1Amber Brown47116.375111380300
3Jodi Neufeld41011.0000003170000
7Nicole Bazin47318.222011030410
9Chelsea Hudson3104.2503723090002
11Amy Leschied411631.1610010120410
12Royal Richardson46721-.048000040200
13Chelsea Wand4000.000000130000
14Lindsay Dykman1000.000000000000
16Carly Hamilton1014-.250000010110
17Kelci French411332.2501614191201
18Alicia Perrin416329.4480120114800
1Anastasia Callaghan4022-1.0000112190000
9Jane Pegg4018-.1253720070211
10Ariel Smith48525.1200211152020
11Kerri Smit4141046.0870002140401
12Tessa Felix47428.107021050100
13Elizabeth Cosulich46115.333011120400
14Taylor Witty4000.000000010000
15Amy Crider46324.125000080120

Game Recap

Game Recap

(25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20)



HAMILTON, Ontario –
The No. 6 seeded Trinity Western women’s volleyball team claimed fifth place at the 2012 CIS national championship with a 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20) win over No. 4 Saint Mary’s Sunday at  Burridge Gymnasium on the campus of McMaster University.

This is the third time the Spartans have finished fifth at the national tournament after winning the consolation match in 2009, beating York in the fifth place game, and in 2006, beating Alberta in the fifth place game. Trinity Western finished third at last year’s national championship, beating Alberta in the bronze medal game.
As for the Huskies, this is their best ever result, having finished seventh on three occasions, in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

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After winning the first set in fine form, the Spartans lost the second set, after allowing Saint Mary’s to earn five points in a row to end the set but then fought back to take the third and fourth sets but four and five points, respectively.

Trinity Western finished with a .231 hitting percentage and had 17 team blocks while Saint Mary’s hit .101 and had eight blocks. The Spartans, who had a combined 35 serving errors in their first two games, limited their errors to just 12, while earning six aces, in the four-set match. The Huskies had eight aces and just four serving errors.

Trinity Western finished the 2011-12 season with a 20-13 overall record and a 3-2 record in the post-season. After falling to Montreal in the national quarter-final Friday, Trinity Western beat both Queen’s and Saint Mary’s to finish 2-1 at the tournament.

The Spartans were led by Alicia Perrin, who had a match-high 16 kills, 12 blocks and 11 digs, Kelci French, who had 11 kills, nine digs and three blocks and Amy Leschied, who had 11 kills, 12 digs and four blocks.

Saint Mary’s was led by Kerri Smit, who had 14 kills, 14 digs and four blocks, Ariel Smith, who had eight kills, 15 digs and two blocks and Elizabeth Cosulich, who had six kills, and four blocks.

It was the final game in a Spartans uniform for graduating seniors Chelsea Hudson and Jodi Neufeld. Hudson finished with 37 assists, nine digs and two aces while Neufeld finished with a team-high 17 digs.

“After the first day, this was all that was available for us and that’s what we were gunning for,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “We blocked well. Alicia Perrin was very good at the net, attacking and blocking wise, and we just found ourselves. Kelci French attacked the ball well, Chelsea [Hudson] set well and it was a good game all around.”

In the first set, the Spartans, trailing 4-2, went on a 5-0 run, sparked by a Perrin kill and continued by an impressive serving run from French, to give Trinity Western a 7-4 lead.

The Huskies scrambled back to take an 11-10 lead but with the Spartans trailing 14-13, Trinity Western rallied with three straight points, capped by a Perrin block. From there, the Spartans never trailed. After Saint Mary’s tied it 16-16 following a Cosulich ace, the Spartans went on a 3-0 run that finally gave them the lead for good.

With a kill from Amy Leschied and then one from French, the Spartans took the set 25-22.

Perrin led the Spartans with five kills to go along with four blocks and four digs in the set while Smit was the Huskies top attacker with four kills in the set.

In the second set the Huskies were the better team in the early going as they opened up an 11-7 lead.

With the Huskies still up by three points at 14-11, the Spartans rallied, going on a 5-1 run that, capped by a Perrin dump, gave Trinity Western a 16-15 lead. After that, the Spartans kept pressing and, following a Perrin kill, took a 23-20 lead.

But after a Saint Mary’s timeout, the Huskies came out a determined lot. Capitalizing on a bevy of Spartans errors, the Huskies scored five straight points to take the set 25-23.

After the Spartans accumulated four blocks in the first set, it was Saint Mary’s collecting four team blocks in the second set. Perrin added another six kills in the second set for Trinity Western while Saint Mary’s Smit and Smith each had four.

In the third set, a back and forth affair turned the Spartans way with the game tied 13-13.

Sparked by an Amber Brown kill, the Spartans went on a 6-1 run that gave Trinity Western an advantage it wouldn’t relinquish.

The Spartans extended their lead to as much as six points at 23-17 and then hung on for a 25-21 win after a Leschied kill sealed the set.

Trinity Western’s Brown finished with a set-high five kills while Saint Mary’s Smith replied with three kills for the Huskies. The Spartans hit .244 in the set and had five blocks while the Huskies hit .080 and had just two blocks.

In the fourth set, the Huskies were ahead for much of the early portion as they opened three-point leads at both 12-9 and 14-11. But, with the Spartans hanging around, they started to claw back as the game verged on the technical timeout.

After a block from Perrin, Trinity Western went into the break riding a 5-1 run and suddenly ahead 16-15.

From there, the Spartans kept pushing as they opened a 20-17 advantage after a Leschied kill and then cruised the rest of the way to a 25-20 win.


Trinity Western – Alicia Perrin
Saint Mary’s – Tessa Felix


Friday, March 2
13:00 Quarter-final #1: Montreal 3, Trinity Western 1 (25-22, 11-25, 25-21, 25-23)
15:00 Quarter-final #2: UBC 3, Queen’s 0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16)
18:00 Quarter-final #3: McGill 3, Saint Mary’s 2 (26-24, 25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 15-13)
20:00 Quarter-final #4: Alberta 3, McMaster 1 (25-19, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18)

Saturday, March 3
13:00 Consolation #1: Trinity Western 3, Queen’s 0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-23)
15:00 Consolation #2: Saint Mary’s 3, McMaster 2 (24-26, 14-25, 25-9, 25-21, 15-7)
18:00 Semifinal #1: UBC 3, Montreal 1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22)
20:00 Semifinal #2: Alberta 3, McGill 0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-23)

Sunday, March 4
11:00 5th place: Trinity Western 3, Saint Mary’s 1
13:00 Bronze medal: Montreal vs. McGill
16:00 Championship final: UBC vs. Alberta


1. Alberta Pandas (CWUAA champions: 14-6 regular season / 4-0 playoffs)
2. UBC Thunderbirds (CWUAA finalists: 18-2 regular season / 1-1 playoffs)
3. Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champions: 12-3 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
4. Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS champions: 16-1 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
5. McGill Martlets (RSEQ finalists: 5-10 regular season / 2-3 playoffs)
6. Trinity Western Spartans (CWUAA bronze medallists: 13-7 regular season / 3-1 playoffs)
7. Queen’s Gaels (OUA champions: 13-5 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
8. McMaster Marauders (Championship hosts: 11-7 regular season / 0-1 playoffs)

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