FX Garneau knocks Wayling, Heat off medal podium
By The Nelson Daily Sports
Being the top seed or early favourite guarantees nothing in sport.
Mount Sentinel grad Kendra Wayling and her UBC Okanagan Heat teammates found out the hard way as the B.C. Champs finished out of the medals 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, ranked first in the eight-team tournament after winning the B.C. College Athletic Association title earlier this season, fell 3-1 to FX Garneau Élans of Quebec City in the bronze medal game Saturday to place fourth at the eight-team college women’s championships.
The Élans won the best-of-five match 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22.
Mount Royal Cougars of Calgary won the gold medal by narrowly defeating Vancouver Island Mariners of Nanaimo 3-2.
The Mariners gained some revenge against the Heat Friday, knocking UBC Okanagan off 3-2 to in semi final play. Vancouver Island won the final game 15-11.
The loss dropped UBC Okanagan into the consolation side of the tournament. The Heat defeated Toronto’s Humber College 3-0 to advance into the bronze medal game.
The 2011 CCAA Women’s Championship concludes the first season in Kelowna for the 21-year-old from Castlegar.
Wayling came to the Central Okanagan University after taking a season away from school to rehab an injury knee suffered playing in Idaho for Coeur d’ Alene College.
During the Grade 12 campaign, 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.
Wayling won the two high school titles with sister Katie who attends Palm Beach State College, located 60 miles north of Miami in Lake Worth, Florida.