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Bobcats take bronze

Posted by devo on March 2, 2009

Bobcats win CIS bronze in 4th season
Courtesy of U of Alberta sports information

EDMONTON (CIS) – Second-team all-Canadian Paul Sanderson exploded for 29 kills as the No. 4-seeded Brandon Bobcats, in only their fourth season on the university circuit, captured the bronze medal at the 2009 CIS men’s volleyball championship with a four-set win (25-20, 19-25, 25-15, 25-17) over the No. 3 McMaster Marauders, Sunday, at the University of Alberta’s main gym … Sanderson, a 6-foot-3 left side from Melbourne, Australia, was named player of the match for the victors after he made only three attacking errors for an astounding .542 hitting efficiency. There are some pictures on the page. ~ Championship website
Read Christian Stapff’s review of the game in the comments.

One Response to “Bobcats take bronze”

  1. Christian Stapff said

    From the sideline and UPOVER:

    Paul Sanderson grabbed the bronze-medal playoff by the scruff of the neck and, with great support from, Andrew Korol and Joel Small, the setter and middle respectively, handed McMaster a lesson in “desire to win”.
    The game was a delight to watch and Sanderson in particular showed what his possible with great focus and desire to compete.
    He will have to round out his game for the future, become a better blocker and more consistent passer to challenge for a spot as a first team All-Star; Joel Small and Andrew Korol were rewarded for their consistency this week and named to the CIS All-Star team.

    The Final between Alberta and Laval was as good a game by a repeating champion as one could hope to get–three sets of outstanding volleyball.

    Laval started the match with three consecutive service errors–a pattern which would dog the team for most of the match. Joel Schmuland, Spencer Leiske and Tim Gourlay dominated early with exceptional hitting and blocking, Tyler Myroniuk marshalled the back-court and out-dug the opposition, Mike de Rocco had the ball singing a song as he found with monotonous regularity the hitter to produce a kill.Late in the match two exceptional kills by Ben Saxton and Joel Schmuland snuffed out a late charge by Laval.

    The team received a standing ovation by the home crowd

    The scary part about this team is both middles return, the setter returns, Ben Saxton returns outside, Thomas Jarmoc should be back. The question is who will fill the void vacated by Schmuland? You can be sure that CIS coach-of-the-year Terry Daniluk is working on that. The team is so deep that six very good players–possibly starters elsewhere–did not dress this week. You can bet they will be throwing in their lot for the open spots–Tony Valena among them– when they return to school next fall. A quality program reaping what it sowed.

    Congratulations U of A!

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