Sports briefs – November 9

The Notre Dame Cougars overcame a slow start to edge the Hunting Hills Lightning 2-1 in the boys’ final of the Hunting Hills 16th annual senior volleyball tournament Saturday

ND wins Lightning tourney

The Notre Dame Cougars overcame a slow start to edge the Hunting Hills Lightning 2-1 in the boys’ final of the Hunting Hills 16th annual senior volleyball tournament Saturday.

The Lightning won the opening set 25-17 with the Cougars coming back to take the next two 25-17, 15-8.

The Cougars, who were undefeated in pool play, downed Lord Beaverbrook of Calgary 25-13, 25-19 in the quarter-finals and stopped Edmonton McNally 28-26, 25-19 in the semifinal. Hunting Hills defeated Edmonton Strathcona 25-16, 25-18 in the quarter-finals and Salisbury Sabres of Sherwood Park 25-15, 25-19 in the semifinals.

Lindsay Thurber lost 24-26, 16-25 to Salisbury in the quarter-finals.

Tim Flanagan of Notre Dame was named the tournament’s MVP.

William Aberhart of Calgary captured the girls’ crown with a 25-15, 17-25, 15-13 decision over Notre Dame.

In the semifinals, Aberhart advanced with a 25-22, 26-24 win over Lindsay Thurber while Notre Dame beat Calgary’s Centennial 25-10, 25-7. LTCHS won the bronze medal with a 25-19, 25-22 win over Centennial. Quarter-final action saw Notre Dame beat Hunting Hills 25-12, 25-18 and LTCHS down Strathcona 25-14, 25-14.

Pronghorns win rugby title

VANCOUVER — The University of Lethbridge captured their third consecutive women’s rugby CIS national championship on Sunday, beating St. Francis Xavier 20-3 in a rematch of last year’s final.

The Pronghorns finished the season undefeated with a 13-0 mark, thanks to the contributions of five central Alberta athletes — Shannon Court and Kessie Stefanyk of Red Deer, Amanda Richardson and Jennifer Wickwire of Olds, and Emily Stearns of Rocky Mountain House.

Lethbridge advanced to the final after openning with a 51-3 win over the University of Western Ontario and a 15-0 win over Concordia out of Quebec on Friday. Then on Saturday they beat Geulph 25-0.

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