Heat, Wayling off to CCAA semi final
By The Nelson Daily Sports
Top ranked UBC Okanagan Heat of Kelowna face a familiar opponent when Vancouver Island Mariners meet the B.C. Champs in semi final action Friday at the Canadian College Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Championships in the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre of the UNB Saint John Campus.
The Heat, which includes Mount Sentinel graduate Kendra Wayling playing the middle position, advanced to the semi final round by stopping the host Seawolves in straight games 25-11, 25-9, 25-15.
UBC Okanagan defeated the Mariners in five grueling sets (25-27, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 15-7) to claim the B.C. title last month in Kelowna.
Thursday, UBC Okanagan built a 12-6 lead in the opening set against the Seawolves before rolling to the 14-point win.
The second game was more of the same as the Heat lead 9-0 before completing the rout.
Powered by a partisan home scored, UNBS jumped to a 3-1 lead before UBC Okanagan scored 10 of the next 14 points to lead 11-7 en route to the 10-point win.
In the other semi final FX Garneau of Quebec City meets Calgary’s Mount Royal Cougars.
The UBC Okanagan/Island matchup goes at 4 p.m. PST. The winners advance to the CCAA final Saturday at 3 p.m. PST.
UBCO entered the Nationals with a 20-6 overall mark and 13-1 in BCCAA league standings.
During her senior year at Mount Sentinel the 5’9” middle player led the Cats not only to the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball title, but also the B.C. High School A Girl’s Basketball crown.
After graduating, Wayling, from Castlegar, played a season in Idaho for Coeur d’ Alene College before taking a year off to rehab an injury knee.