CALGARY – Hope Kotun powered down 17 kills to lead the Toronto Varsity Blues to a 3-2 (25-21, 25-18, 22-25, 22-25, 15-13) win over the Calgary Dinos in the second consolation semifinal at the U SPORTS Women’s Volleyball Championship from the Jack Simpson Gym.
After a shaky start in the opening set led them to call an early timeout, the Blues found their stride to take the opening two sets of the match. The Dinos would battle back to even things up at two sets apiece, before Toronto would close things out in the fifth and final set.
Kotun had a hitting percentage of .145 on her team-high 17 kills, while her teammate Julia Murmann led the way on the defensive end for the Blues, with a game-high 22 digs while also adding 15 kills of her own. Kenzie Vaandering was a standout for the Dinos, finishing with a game-high 21 kills while also adding 14 digs.
The Blues finished with a .244 hitting percentage for the match, but brought their best stuff when it mattered most, as they were successful on .500 of their attacks in the fifth and deciding set.
Next up for Toronto is a date with the Brock Badgers Sunday at 12 p.m. in the consolation final, while the Dinos season officially comes to an end.
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- Calgary Dinos: #5 Sheridan Coninx
- Toronto Varsity Blues: #13 Hayley Goodwin