HAMILTON, Ont. -- The top-seeded Alberta Pandas set up of an all-Canada West final against arch rival UBC at the CIS womens volleyball championship after a 3-0 win over the No. 5 McGill Martlets on Saturday. The Pandas won 25-16, 25-16, 25-23 while the No. 2 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds defeated the No. 3 Montreal Carabins 25-15, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-22 in the early semi to book a spot in Sundays final. Alberta hasnt played for CIS gold since defeating Laval 3-1 in the 2007 title match. UBC is looking to claim a remarkable fifth straight CIS banner, but should the Pandas triumph, they would tie the T-Birds for most CIS titles all-time, with eight. "We have a great challenge ahead of us with the T-Birds to win the championship," said Alberta head coach Laurie Eisler. "We are the No. 1 seed, but we know they are the favourites, everyone is thinking its theres to win. "Theyve proven over the years the years that they know how to win. Thats something we are striving to do and we would love to be the team that ends there run. Beating them is the greatest challenge thats out there right now." Pandas left side Whitney Matheson recorded a game-high 11 kills in the match and added a team-high 11 digs. Alena Omelchenko reached double-digit numbers again with 10 more kills for the victorious Pandas. Setter Jaki Ellis recorded a total of 26 assists in the match. For McGill, Genevieve Plante had a team-high 10 points. Marie Lapointe of St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. recorded a game-high 14 digs. UBC, meanwhile, has now reached the gold-medal match in each of their last seven appearances at the tourney dating back to 2005. Kayla Richey led UBC with 17.5 points on 13 kills. She also was credited with a game-high 14 digs. "Its a really big honour to be back in the final. Weve worked so hard this entire year and gave it our all in the semifinal," said Richey. "Were not looking at this as defending our title, were going for it like its our year. Were going to go and compete for that banner tomorrow." Rayel Quiring posted 11 points including nine kills, one ace and four block assists for UBC. She also chipped in eight digs. Montreal was led by Marie-Sophie Nadeau who recorded 17.5 points on 16 kills, and one ace and a half block. Teammate Melanie Roy added seven points and 11 digs. The Martlets will take on the Carabins in the bronze medal match. Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping
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. Supported by three-run homers from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos, the young right-hander went seven strong innings in the Washington Nationals 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. TORONTO -- Stephanie Dubois gathered her gear and beat a hasty retreat from Centre Court on Wednesday with barely a glance to the crowd -- an unceremonious exit for the final Canadian in Canadas marquee womens tennis tournament. Canadians Dubois and Aleksandra Wozniak were both dispatched in the second round of the Rogers Cup on a day that saw world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki ousted as well. No. 4 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus made quick work of Dubois, beating the wild-card entry from Laval, Que., 6-0, 6-0, in a game that lasted one hour and one minute, while Wozniak, from Blainville, Que., lost to No. 10 seed Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-4. "What can I say? For sure its disappointing but Ive been playing so well in the last few months, so I dont think Im going to take that match, I think Im going to forget it," said Dubois, who reached the quarter-finals in Washington last month. "What can I say, I tried my best, it didnt really work out the way I wanted, I just need to go on and forget that match." The Canadian eliminations continued a frustrating streak at the tournament. While the 23-year-old Dubois made the quarter-finals in Montreal in 2006, fans in Toronto havent had the chance to cheer for a Canadian woman in the third round since Helen Kelesi in 1991. "Were playing against the top players in the world, obviously it shows," Dubois said. "Azarenka, shes top-five in the world, thats for a reason. Its frustrating, but we do our best, and weve done really well in the past so Im not concerned at all." Wozniak has never made it past the second round in eight tries at the Rogers Cup. "Well, its disappointing," Wozniak said. "You play at home and you want to do so well. But I thought it was a good match, and I had a really tough opponent today." Vancouvers Rebecca Marino, Canadas top-ranked womens player at No. 39, was bounced in her opening match Tuesday. But the events biggest upset came at the hands of Roberta Vinci, who shocked the defending champion Wozniacki 6-4, 7-5 on a day plagued by blustery winds in the tennis venue north of downtown Toronto. Wozniacki, who has won a WTA-leading five titles this year, was up 5-1 in the second set and looking to rally from a set down. However, the No. 22-ranked Italian stormed back with three break points to complete the upset. Wozniacki had a bye in the first round and never really got going against Vinci, sending her return long on match point. Wozniacki also hit returns long twice at the first set point to give Vinci a lead she would not relinquish. "I would have liked to have won that one and especially after leading 5-1 in the second," Wozniacki said. "Its not fun to lose this, but theres nothing really I can do about it now, just practise, and try to do better." Wozniacki was the latest in a list of top-seeded players to bow out early. Second-seeded Kim Clijsters withdrew Tuesday due to an abdominal injury, while former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic and the tournaments No. 9 seed Marion Bartoli were dispatched in their opening matches. Fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova and former No. 1 Serena Williams both survived scares to advance. Sharapova edged 19-year-old Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-1, 7-5 in a chilly evening match. Sharapovas serve abandoned her in a second set that saw her commit five double faults before the three-time Grand Slam champion finally sealed the victory when Jovanovski fired a return long. "I expected my opponent to play well today because shes dangerous, although shes a qualifier shes someone whos moving up and young and eager, and has beaten good players before," Sharapova said. "Shes on her way up. So I knew that it was going to be a dangerous round knowing she had played a few matches already and this was my match.dddddddddddd "I was happy with the way I played in the first set and then it was up and down in the second, but overall I thought for a first match it was good." Williams also battled through a gruelling see-saw second set en route to a 6-1, 7-6 (7) win against Julia Goerges. The former world No. 1 and 13-time Grand Slam champion from the U.S. used her intimidating serve, which topped out at 195 kilometres per hour, to roll through her first set before the 20th-ranked German fought back in the second. Windy conditions, with gusts of 35 km/h that swirled around the court, wreaked havoc with play all day, and forced the match between Ana Ivanovic and Iveta Benesova to be moved from centre court after a fallen light left broken glass on the playing surface. The blustery conditions were obvious in Wozniackis serve in the first set, as the ball repeatedly floated away when she tossed it above her. She double-faulted seven times in the match. "It was very difficult at first with the wind," Wozniacki said. "Especially when you threw it up. It was going everywhere, so definitely that didnt make it easy. It was blowing in different directions, but its the same for both players." It will be Vincis first appearance in the third round of the Rogers Cup in her third visit to the tournament. She has wins this year in Barcelona, Budapest and Hertogenbosch. Vinci ranked this upset as a definite career highlight. "This is the best victory in my life," the 28-year-old said emphatically. "I was 5-1 down but I knew that I can win the set because it was a lot of wind, so some mistakes. "I tried to stay focused and play aggressive. Thats it, this is the key why I won the set." Williams joined the chorus of complaints about the wind. "I thought (Goerges) played really well and really smart, the conditions were extremely tough. I thought that she had to change up her game and I had to adjust to that," Williams said. "It was just so much wind out there so it was a little difficult, but we were in the same circumstances so thats what I tried to think of. But she played really well." Williams giggled when asked if her powerful serve gives her an advantage in the wind. "I had to hit it softer today because it was so windy, I had to take pace off my ball," said the U.S. star. "Youre not a tennis player? Yeah, I could tell. If you hit it too hard the ball is going to totally fly the harder you hit." Wozniak clawed back to 5-3 in the first set with beautiful cross-court backhand and an ace, but the 23-year-old Canadian gave up any chance to rally when she returned the Australians serve long to lose the set. "Obviously the conditions were pretty tough today," Wozniak said. "When you step on the court, youve got to be ready to deal with whatever comes in front of you, your opponent or the sun or the wind, and yeah, they were pretty difficult, but I tried my best." Serbias Ivanovic eased into the third round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Benesova of the Czech Republic. Joining her is No. 8 seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy, who defeated Russias Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-3 in a game that was temporarily due to rain. Recent Wimbledon champion and No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic is also through after battling Spains Anabel Medina Garrigues to a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win. Earlier the day, a match between the top two Chinese players in womens tennis never materialized. Shuai Peng pulled out of her second-round match against world No. 6 Li Na with a left hip injury. In Wednesdays other morning match, Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic ousted Romanias Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4. ' ' '