Trojans secure fifth-place at ACAC championship

The SAIT Trojans beat the King's University Eagles in four sets, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23 in the fifth-place game of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Women's Volleyball Championship at Lakeland College on Saturday afternoon.

 

After dropping the first game of the eight-team tournament to the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves, the Trojans went on to beat the NAIT Ooks in the first game of the consolation round before grabbing fifth place on Saturday.

 

SAIT finished third in the south division this season with an 18-6 record and entered the tournament on a three-game winning streak.

 

The last time the Trojans were in the fifth-place game was the 2011-12 season but they lost to the Lakeland College Rustlers in three consecutive sets.

 

Coming off a 21-3 record in the north this season, the Eagles were expected to be a major player in the tournament but an injury to middle Jocelyn Van Ryk proved troublesome for the Edmonton-based club. They came into the championship having won 10 of 11 games.

 

The Eagles opened the tournament losing in five sets to the Ambrose College Lions before beating the Briercrest Clippers, landing them in the fifth-place game with the Trojans.

 

The Eagles finished sixth at the ACAC championships back in the 2010-11 season when they lost 3-0 to the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.

 

Megan Brennan had 16 kills for the Trojans while teammate Simran Dhami contributed 11 kills.

 

ACAC All Conference Team member Keri Alcorn swung the big arm for the Eagles with 19 of her team's 44 total kills.

 

The player of the game for the winning Trojans was Brennan and the player of the game for the sixth-place Eagles was Alcorn.