by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
For the seventh consecutive year in a row the Briercrest Clippers have advanced to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Volleyball Championships.
During that time-span, their championships journey has taken them to Camrose, Grande Prairie, Lloydminster, Olds and Red Deer twice.
They came home with ACAC gold in 2015-2016 and ACAC silver in 2017-2018.
This year the Caronport, Saskatchewan based school is once again coming to Alberta, heading to Calgary for the 2018-2019 ACAC Women's Volleyball Championships to be held Feb. 21-23, 2019 and hosted by the Ambrose University Lions.
The Clippers, finishing with a record of 20 Matches Won 4 Matches Lost 65 Sets Won 24 Sets Lost, placed first in the ACAC South Conference and will be looking to key players including Mia Harder, Ashley Erickson and Becky Garner (289 kills 58 service aces) to lead the way.
Garner, a 5-foot-10 hitter from Surrey, British Columbia, who played for the Pacific Western Athletic Association's Columbia Bible College Bearcats for two years before transferring to Briercrest for the 2017-2018 campaign, recorded 165 kills, 42 service aces and 167 digs in 2017-2018.
Of leaving the Abbotsford, British Columbia based-school to relocate to Saskatchewan, Garner (enrolled in BA Humanities) said: "Moving away from home was tough for me. I know that God brought me to Briercrest for a reason."
"Nolan (Weinmaster) is a great head coach and it is a pretty awesome school and this year being the community life leader is awesome. I just check in with all of the girls and we are a connection point for them and we get to be part of their journey."
"It is a tight-knit community and we have so many fans that come out to our games."
Asked if there are any pitfalls moving from a community of 141,000 population to 994, Garner, 21, laughed at first and then responded: "You have to go for a 20-minute drive to get to Starbucks, I love my Starbucks."
A member of Team BC Gold medal women's volleyball team at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games held in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Garner is excited about ACAC post season play.
"We are really looking forward to it. We have to stick together and continue to play our games. One point-at-a-time mentality is the key for us."
Thursday February 21, 2019
Game 1 - 1:00 p.m.
University of Alberta Augustana Vikings vs. Red Deer College Queens
University of Alberta Augustana Vikings
14 Matches Won 10 Matches Lost 50 Sets Won 37 Sets Lost
Kills: Rae Metrunec 207
Assists: Karen Wagner 500
Digs: Danielle Brockman 274
Service Aces: Rae Metrunec 37
Blocks: Rebecca Petrie 44
Red Deer College Queens
16 Matches Won 8 Matches Lost 56 Sets Won 33 Sets Lost
ACAC Championships: 19
Kills: Emma Holmes 202
Assists: Natalie Bloemen 731
Digs: Kaylee Domoney 387
Service Aces: McKenna Olson 26
Blocks: Alexandria Greenshields 42
Game 2 - 3:00 p.m.
SAIT Trojans vs. The Kings University Eagles
ACAC Championships: 1
14 Matches Won 10 Matches Lost 55 Sets Won 36 Sets Lost
Kills: Jadyn Leong 246
Assists: Elly Prince 409
Digs: Jadyn Leong 231
Service Aces: Jadyn Leong 35 Simran Dhami 35
Blocks: Simran Dhami 74
The Kings University Eagles
22 Matches Won 2 Matches 69 Lost Sets Won 16 Sets Lost
Kills: Jayden Bontkes 248
Assists: Jada Lea 563
Digs: Tracy Ewashkiw 317
Service Aces: Sydney Warchola 26
Blocks: Sydney Warchola 66
Game 3 - 6:00 p.m.
Lakeland College Rustlers vs. Ambrose University Lions
Lakeland College Rustlers
ACAC Championships: 2
20 Matches Won 4 Matches 64 Lost Sets Won 22 Sets Lost
Kills: Ahnika Kuse 257
Assists: Rae Sigurdson 810
Digs: Shelby Becker 245
Service Aces: Ahnika Kuse 29
Blocks: Avery Maginel 41
Ambrose University Lions
16 Matches Won 8 Matches Lost 56 Sets Won 35 Sets Lost
Kills: Willow Lewington 207
Assists: Sarah Janz 638
Digs: Journey Flewell 342
Service Aces: Willow Lewington 29
Blocks Willow Lewington 61
Game 4 - 8:00 p.m.
Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves vs. Briercrest College Clippers
Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves
ACAC Championships: 4
9 Matches Won 15 Matches 38 Lost Sets Won 52 Sets Lost
Kills: Megan Koch 275
Assists: Bailey Chartrand 495
Digs: McKenna Wolstenholme 249
Service Aces: Megan Koch 35
Blocks: Karly Burkinshaw 36
Briercrest College Clippers
ACAC Championships: 1
20 Matches Won 4 Matches Lost 65 Sets Won 24 Sets Lost
Kills: Becky Garner 289
Assists: Ashley Erickson 737
Digs: Kirsty Kindrachuk 290
Service Aces: Becky Garner 58
Blocks: Mia Harder 35
All games to be played at The Lions Den.