King’s Eagles Soar into National Finals with Win over Douglas Royals
The King’s University Eagles and the Douglas College Royals went head to head to earn a spot in the nationals gold medal match.
Welland, ON – You could almost hear the debates being argued back and forth in the Niagara College gymnasium on Saturday night as fans debated on who was going to earn a spot in the gold medal match between two of the country’s top programs, The King’s University Eagles and the Douglas College Royals. It was the Eagles who advanced to the gold medal match (25-18, 21-25, 25-17, 25-18) as they will look to earn their second straight gold medal and their third in the past four seasons.
The King’s Eagles came out on and gained the early momentum winning the first set of the match. Douglas would fire right back and even things up however, as the two teams headed into the third set tied 1-1. Jayden Bontkes took over the game after that though for the Eagles as she finished with a game-high 27 kills and led her team to a 3-1 win. She earned the 4Imprint Player of the Match for her team. Through two matches, Bontkes has an astonishing 49 kills.
Also having a solid game for the Eagles was Anna Janzen who has 10 kills, bringing her tournament total up to 38. Setter Jada Lea had 45 assists in the win.
The 4Imprint Player of the Match on the Douglas Royals side of the court was All-Canadian Vania Oliveira. She finished the match with 20 kills and eight digs. Starting Libero Trish had 16 digs while starting Setter Jane Kepler had 36 assists.
The King’s Eagles will head off to the gold medal game at 8:00pm tomorrow (March 9) against the defending national champions, the VIU Mariners.
The Douglas Royals will face off against the Briercrest Clippers in the bronze semi-finals at 10:00am with the winner advancing to the bronze medal game at 6:00pm.
Originally published by Niagara College.
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