Three stars of the week: National champs Post, Schriemer named first stars

Three stars of the week: National champs Post, Schriemer named first stars

Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • Alberta goalie Lindsey Post is the final female first star of the week for the 2016-17 season after backstopping the Pandas to their eighth women’s hockey national title
  • Trinity Western’s Adam Schriemer is the male star of the week, following his 48-assist performance in the Spartans men’s volleyball national final win over Alberta
  • Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Danielle Brisebois (female second star), Saskatchewan’s Connor Gay (male second star), Trinity Western’s Sophie Carpentier (female third star), and Alberta’s Taylor Arnett (male third star). 

EDMONTON – National champions Lindsey Post and Adam Schriemer are the final Canada West first stars of the 2016-17 season after guiding their respective teams to U SPORTS championships over the weekend. 

Post backstopped the Alberta Pandas to the program’s eighth women’s hockey national title, stopping 72 of the 76 shots she faced over Alberta’s three wins in Napanee, Ont. at the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship. Post’s biggest performance of the season came at the right time for the Pandas, as the fifth-year netminder stopped 40 of 41 shots in the national final Sunday against McGill. Post’s performance gave the Pandas a chance to win despite being heavily outshot, as Alberta eventually claimed a thrilling 2-1 double overtime win thanks to Taylor Kezama’s winner on Alberta’s 26th shot of the game, 8:13 into the second OT period. 

In men’s volleyball, Schriemer helped the Spartans to their second consecutive national title with a win over the host Alberta Golden Bears Sunday in Edmonton. Schriemer led the Spartans offence with 48 assists in the national final, earning the 2017 U SPORTS FOG Men’s Volleyball Championship MVP award. The fourth-year setter finished the three-day tournament with a total of 125 assists.

Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Danielle Brisebois (female second star), Saskatchewan’s Connor Gay (male second star), Trinity Western’s Sophie Carpentier (female third star), and Alberta’s Taylor Arnett (male third star).

 

Female first star – Lindsey Post

Alberta Pandas hockey

Goaltender

5th-year

Chelsea, Que.

Physical Education & Recreation

Tournament log: Friday, March 17 – 20 saves in 2-1 W vs. Saint Mary’s in national QF / Saturday, March 18 – 12 saves in 6-2 W vs. Concordia in national SF / Sunday, March 19 – 40 saves in 2-1 2OT W vs. McGill in national final.

Fifth-year University of Alberta Pandas goalie Lindsey Post is the Canada West first star of the week after backstopping the Pandas to their eighth U SPORTS national championship, this past weekend in Napanee, Ont. 

Post made 72 saves in three games, including turning aside an incredible 40 shots in the championship final, helping the Pandas earn their first national title since 2010. For her efforts, Post was named the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey Championship MVP. 

Entering the tournament as the No. 6 seed, Alberta had to get past a tough Saint Mary’s squad in the quarter-final, which they did thanks to 20 saves by the fifth-year goalie. That was also her first win at nationals, after going 0-2 in four years previous with Alberta.

The Chelsea, Que. product followed that up with another strong performance in the semifinal, turning aside 12 Concordia shots en route to a dominant 6-2 win.

Sunday’s final, however, was arguably the best game of Post’s varsity career. Post turned aside 40 of 41 shots, including a handful of outstanding stops in overtime, as Alberta captured the Golden Path Trophy in double overtime over McGill. Alberta’s eight U SPORTS championships are the most in history, and have all come under the guidance of head coach Howie Draper.

 

Male first star – Adam Schriemer

Trinity Western Spartans volleyball

Setter

4th-year

Winnipeg, Man.

Tournament log: Friday, March 17 – 30 assists, three digs, and two kills in 3-0 W vs. Waterloo in national QF / Saturday, March 18 – 47 assists, eight digs, and three kills in 3-1 W vs. McMaster in national SF / Sunday, March 19 – 48 kills, four kills, and two digs in 3-1 W vs. Alberta in national final. 

Setter Adam Schriemer did more than his part to make the sure the Trinity Western Spartans would have a shot at repeating as U SPORTS men’s volleyball champions, as the veteran earned the tournament’s MVP award after a trio of strong performances.

The fourth-year player was phenomenal all weekend for the defending champions, who successfully repeated on the national stage, downing the host Alberta Golden Bears in the national final on Sunday.

Schriemer recorded a total of 125 assists over the weekend, averaging 11.36 assists per set. The Winnipeg, Man. product also added 13 digs and nine kills to help secure the second back-to-back national titles in Spartans history, equalling the feat first accomplished by the 2011 and 2012 TWU teams. 

With the win, Trinity Western has now won four of the last seven national titles.

 

Female second star – Danielle Brisebois

UBC Thunderbirds volleyball

Outside hitter

5th-year

Bolton, Ont.

Arts 

Tournament log: Friday, March 17 – 22 kills, eight digs, and an ace in 3-1 W vs. Western in national QF / Saturday, March 18 – 16 kills, nine digs, and five block assists in 3-0 W vs. Trinity Western in national SF / Sunday, March 19 – 20 kills, eight digs, and four block assists in 3-1 W vs. Alberta in national final.

Fifth-year UBC outside hitter Danielle Brisebois capped off her varsity career by leading the UBC Thunderbirds to the U SPORTS Women's Volleyball Championship title Sunday in Toronto, and winning the tournament's Most Valuable Player honour. 

Brisebois had 22 kills, eight digs and a service in UBC's 3-1 quarter-final win over Western on Friday. The Arts student from Bolton, Ont., had an efficient .421 hitting percentage.

She had another complete performance in Saturday's semifinal against Trinity Western. In a 3-0 sweep, Brisebois knocked down 16 kills, dug nine balls, and put up five block assists to record 18.5 points to lead all players.

In the championship final, she was again close to unstoppable, winning Player of the Game recognition after registering a game-high 20 kills and 22 points. Brisebois also had four block assists and a hitting percentage of .356.

After her last-ever university match, Brisebois won the well-deserved accolades of Championship Most Valuable Player, and Tournament All-Star (for the second time in her career).

Her 58 total kills, 5.27 kills per set, 64 points overall, and 5.8 points per set were all the most of any player in the tournament.

The national title added to UBC’s U SPORTS-leading championship total, as the win on Sunday was the 11th in program history.

 

Male second star – Connor Gay

Saskatchewan Huskies hockey

Forward

1st-year

Saskatoon, Sask.

Arts & Science 

Tournament log: Friday, March 17 – two shots on goal in 1-0 OT W vs. York in national QF / Saturday, March 18 – two assists in 8-0 W vs. StFX in national SF / Sunday, March 19 – goal and two assists in 5-3 L vs. UNB in national final. 

Rookie forward Connor Gay had a big weekend for the Saskatchewan Huskies at the University Cup in Fredericton, N.B. The former Saskatoon Blade finished as Saskatchewan’s leading scorer, registering a goal and four assists over three games, as the Huskies finished with national silver after a 5-3 loss to UNB in the national final.

Gay, who registered nine points in as many regular season games, stepped his game up over the Canada West playoffs and into the University Cup, finishing the post-season with a combined 10 points in eight games.

 

Female third star – Sophie Carpentier

Trinity Western Spartans volleyball

Outside hitter

5th-year

Ottawa, Ont.

Tournament log: Friday, March 17 – nine kills and eight digs in 3-0 W vs. McMaster in national QF / Saturday, March 18 – 12 kills, seven digs, and two aces in 3-0 L vs. UBC in national SF / Sunday, March 19 – 19 kills, seven aces, and three digs in 3-2 W vs. Montreal in national bronze medal game. 

Trinity Western Spartans outside hitter Sophie Carpentier wrapped up her stellar U SPORTS career Sunday with a national bronze medal, leading the Spartans to a national podium finish for the third consecutive season. 

Carpentier, who led TWU over the tournament with 40 combined kills, was dominant from the service line in the Spartans win over Montreal on Sunday, recording a game-high seven aces.

The First Team All-Canadian finishes her career among the best in TWU and Canada West history, sitting third in career conference kills with 1226, fifth in kills per set (3.617), and tied for third in career Canada West aces (156).

 

Male third star – Taylor Arnett

Alberta Golden Bears volleyball

Middle

5th-year

Calgary, Alta.

Science 

Tournament log: Friday, March 17 – 15 kills, six blocks, and three aces in 3-1 W vs. Manitoba in national QF / Saturday, March 18 – eight kills, four digs, and four blocks in 3-1 W vs. UBC in national SF / Sunday, March 19 – 16 kills, and four blocks in 3-1 L vs. Trinity Western in national final.

Fifth-year Alberta Golden Bears middle Taylor Arnett is the Canada West third star of the week after helping the Bears to a U SPORTS Men’s Volleyball silver medal, this past weekend in Edmonton. 

As the host of the 2017 U SPORTS FOG Men’s Volleyball Championship, Alberta was able to capture their third national medal in four seasons, in large part due to the play of their veteran middle.

Arnett recorded 39 kills, 14 blocks, and eight digs over the three-day championship, earning a spot on the U SPORTS Tournament All-Star team. 

The Faculty of Science student paced the Bears attack in their upset win over Manitoba in the quarter-final, finishing with a team-high 15 kills on just 29 attempts. Arnett was also crucial to the Bears middle-defence, scoring six of the Bears staggering 25 blocks. 

Arnett carried that offensive efficiency into the semifinal, adding another eight kills and four blocks in a 3-1 win over UBC.

Despite a team-high 16 kills on Sunday from Arnett, the Bears couldn’t overcome a third Canada West opponent in three nights, dropping the final in four sets to the Trinity Western Spartans.  Following Sunday’s final, Alberta and TWU have combined for each of the past four men’s volleyball championships.