EDMONTON – Looking to knock off the reigning Canada West Champions, the third-seeded Alberta Pandas volleyball team will travel west to face the first-seed Trinity Western Spartans in a single game Canada West final on Saturday.
Game time for the conference title match is set for 8:00 p.m. MST, and will be streamed live on Canada West TV presented by Co-Op.
The Pandas advanced to the final after defeating the Mount Royal Cougars in a best-of-three semifinal this past weekend. After upsetting the second-seed Cougars in 3-1 in Game 1, the Cougars flipped the score to win 3-1 in Game 2 to force a deciding Game 3. However, Alberta regrouped to win 3-1 and securing the series victory.
Meanwhile, the Spartans dropped their first game of their semifinal to the fifth-seed Thompson Rivers WolfPack, before bouncing back to convincingly win both Game 2 and 3 with a score of 3-0.
Alberta will look to win their 11th Canada West Championship and first since 2017.
Earlier this season
Opening the regular season against each other, the Spartans came out on top, winning both games in the series in Edmonton. Although, the Spartans won the first game 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20), the set scores depicted a much closer match-up, with all sets coming down to the final points.
Kory keeps killing it
Fourth-year Panda Kory White earned her third-consecutive first team all-star honour this year.
White broke a Pandas program record with 406 kills this season, which was the third-highest total in Canada West history. Her 1,132 career kills are the third most in Pandas history, and the 10th most in conference history.
In last weekend’s semifinal, White added another 63 kills to her total in the three matches played.
Meeting in last year’s best-of-three semifinal, the Spartans had the upper hand, sweeping the Pandas in two games.
Both teams last met in the conference finals in 2015, with the Spartans winning 3-2 (23-25,17-25,25-21,25-23,17-15) to claim their first Canada West Championship in team history before going on to claim their first ever national title.