VANCOUVER (U SPORTS) – The No. 4-seeded UQAM Citadins defeated the No. 8 McGill Martlets 3-1 (29-27, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20) in the first consolation semi-final at the 2023 U SPORTS Women’s Volleyball Championship presented by Mikasa at War Memorial Gym in Vancouver, B.C.
Little separated the two teams throughout an evenly matched first, until a UQAM kill broke the 27-27 deadlock and the Citadins claimed the tight opening set in a rematch between the RSEQ rivals. McGill bounced back with an early 5-0 lead in the second, but UQAM regrouped and tied it up at 7-7 before a Citadin error lifted the Martlets to a 22-20 lead and McGill took the set. The third set saw UQAM maintain a slim lead en route to a set win before the RSEQ champions closed out the match in the fourth to reach the consolation final.
Sabrina Mater and Anica Pineault each totalled 17 kills and 11 digs for UQAM, Laura Côté Colin added 11 kills and a team-high 19 digs, and Erlande Dacilia tallied five kills with two aces and four digs in the win. Victoria Iannotti had a team-high 17 kills for the Martlets with 10 digs and two blocks, while Clara Poire put up seven kills with four blocks in the consolation loss to end McGill’s season.
With the win, the Citadins advance to the consolation final to play for fifth place against either the Brock Badgers or the Mount Royal Cougars on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. (Pacific) at War Memorial Gym.
Mikasa Players of the Game
- McGill: Catherine Vercheval
- UQAM: Anica Pineault