Alberta drops heartbreaker

Jaimie Thibeault of Sylvan Lake contributed 13 kills, eight blocks and four digs in a losing cause as Alberta fell 3-2 to Manitoba in senior women’s volleyball action on Wednesday at the Canada Summer Games.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Jaimie Thibeault of Sylvan Lake contributed 13 kills, eight blocks and four digs in a losing cause as Alberta fell 3-2 to Manitoba in senior women’s volleyball action on Wednesday at the Canada Summer Games.

The 26-24, 27-25, 15-25, 23-25, 15-13 victory gave Manitoba first place in Pool D with a 5-0 record. Alberta finished second at 4-1 and was to meet either Saskatchewan or Nova Scotia in a quarter-final today.

Jessica Clutton of Innisfail also turned in a strong performance for Alberta with nine kills and nine digs, while Lacombe’s Katie Graves had 16 digs.

Earlier in the day, Alberta downed Quebec 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-20) as Thibeault had eight kills, four blocks and two digs, Graves contributed nine digs and Quinn Schulzke of Red Deer chipped in with one dig.

The Alberta men’s volleyball team wrapped up top spot in Pool A on Tuesday with a 4-0 slate and will face either British Columbia or Quebec in a semifinal on Friday.

The Alberta roster includes Spencer Leiske of Blackfalds, and Mitch Irvine and Mikiah Schalk of Red Deer, while Paul Armbruster of Three Hills is the Alberta volleyball manager.

• Carson Kallis of Red Deer rallied from an opening-day score of 84 to post a second-round 78, but is still well back in the men’s individual golf standings. He’s also a member of the Alberta squad that dropped to fifth in the team standings.

Cathy McMillan of Ponoka is the Alberta golf manager.

• Shortstop Chad Northcott of Rocky Mountain House was zero-for-three at the plate but Alberta posted a 7-1 win over Saskatchewan in baseball action and placed second in Pool B with a 3-1 record.

Alberta, coached by Dwayne Lalor of Red Deer, Darcy Warawa of Innisfail and Harold Northcott of Rocky Mountain House, was slated to meet Ontario in a semifinal today. Ontario was first in Pool A with a 4-0 record.

• The Alberta men’s soccer team, including Brad Hughes of Red Deer, beat British Columbia 2-0 to finish first in Pool D at 2-0 and earn a quarter-final date with Manitoba today.

• In athletics, Michelle Gerwing of Olds managed a height of 3.45 metres in women’s pole vault and placed sixth overall.

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